Tuesday

Laura Ingraham: An epitome of hypocrisy and a walking contradiction of privileged ignorance

Fox News Host Laura Ingraham aptly 'salutes' her fans 
CC™ Editorial - By Deji Fashola (Contributing Editor)

One of the most consistent things in life is time. Time never fails to tell the story. The story of the day, the story of your life and the events that have shaped that very life; but even more importantly, time never fails to remind us of our past, with historical and poignant markers that speak to how our past actions ultimately determine where and who we are, or will become.

For Laura Ingraham, a talk show host of Fox News and someone whom I had never heard of until she name dropped basketball superstar, Lebron James, a couple of years ago by telling him to shut up and dribble, time has essentially encapsulated the very essence of her being, as it relates to her place in the evolving but contentious conversation about Americas contract with people of African descent.

I am not a consumer of American news as a matter of principle, be it CNN, Fox, MSNBC or any other alphabet news organization, but one thing I will say having had a glimpse of Fox news in particular is that the latter (Fox news) is the most brazen attempt at instituting State-run TV in a country that is supposed to be the very epitome of democracy

Time and time again, we are inundated with the Republican mantra that seemingly serves to eschew the tenets and principles of so-called conservative values. But, what exactly do these values entail. 

According to Laura Ingraham, conservative values seek to:

a) Preserve the sanctity of life pre-birth but abuse and devalue it after birth, especially if the life in question is of the wrong hue.

b) Promote avaricious greed that encourages limitless profit by a very limited few to the detriment of the overwhelming majority.

c) Encourage and promote governmental interference in the lives of others with the exception of those who profess a divine following of a God whose commandments and ordinances they (the conservatives) never abide by, but project and force on others who merely seek to live and let live.

d) Bully, vilify, slander, defame, abuse and in some cases seek to intimidate with threats of violence those they disagree with, including defying constituted authority even though the latter's conduct and ordinances are within the framework of the laws and statutes of the land.

A perfect example of this vilification is the Republican messaging of referring to those who ask why the wealthiest nation on earth is one paycheck away from having more than half of its population without the most basic of human rights, basic healthcare, as socialists. These same conservatives (Republicans) have no problems though with the government giving away billions of dollars in corporate welfare to big corporations, deemed too big to fail. To them, the average American is too irrelevant and too small to succeed or be cared for, so long as Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Tom "the thug" Cotton and the "Calgary Stampeding" Rafael Ted Cruz (Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and a supposed American mother but acts more Texan than a Texas Ranger) line the pockets of their corporate benefactors.

e) Extol the virtues of Democracy and civility when in the majority or win elections but then turn the same institution on its head, refusing to concede when you lose, and then seek to undermine and subvert the will of the people by judicial fiat.

The last four years of the Trump misrule of incompetence laced with brazen nepotism and racism, as well as unbridled corruption, has undoubtedly been egged on by State TV (Fox News) with Laura Ingraham et al as the unofficial spokespersons of this civilian junta. 

It remains to be seen if the emanating socio-political scars remain embedded in the mental and institutional psyche of the nation, for decades or even generations to come.