Get some guts!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
A couple of weeks ago, the Washington press corps held its annual White House Correspondents Dinner. In the past, the dinner featured some good-natured ribbing of presidents and politicians, supposedly for a good cause – providing scholarships for journalism students.
However, this year’s affair at the plush Washington Hilton was anything but goodnatured. In fact, it was vulgar, profane and downright obscene.
Comedienne Michelle Wolf was the featured “entertainment” and she viciously attacked President Trump and various administration officials from start to finish. I can’t – and won’t – repeat some of her “one-liners”; but suffice it to say they would have made a Marine drill sergeant blush.
And yet, as she repeatedly referenced female genitalia and ridiculed press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ appearance, not a single person spoke up. Sure, there were more than a few gasps and moans from the audience, but the tuxedo and evening gown-dressed crowd remained seated throughout her monologue.
Why didn’t someone grab the mic from Wolf after her second or third expletive? And why didn’t a single man rise to Ms. Sanders’ defense?
Supposedly, Matt Schlapp of the American Conservative Union walked out in silent protest, and several other prominent conservative reporters tweeted their disgust at Wolf’s remarks. But how much more effective – and dare I say, manly – would it have been for these gentlemen to storm the stage and defend Ms. Sanders, womanhood, and common decency?
Edmund Burke also famously said that, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” I fear that until and unless good and godly men start to demonstrate a little chivalry – and a lot of backbone – these types of episodes will continue to happen… and with more frequency.
“Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, ‘It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” Matthew 21:12-13 (NKJV)