(Angry Patriot Movement) – MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said she took issue with the term “hard worker” and literally compared it to slave-labor.
Naturally, many people thought this comparison was extreme, including Lenny Kostecki, who wrote to Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” for his opinion on it. “My take, Lenny, for what it’s worth, is that there is no longer a limit to what people can be offended by,” Rowe wrote back.
For Rowe, the ideology behind Harris-Perry’s words was clear. She seemed to be “put off” by the fact that hard work and success often go hand-in-hand.
“She doesn’t like the fact that many hard working individuals have not enjoyed the same measure of success as Speaker Ryan, who was being acknowledged on her show for his excellent work ethic,” Rowe said. Rowe feels it is important to fully understand how someone on the left like Harris-Perry views this idea of “hard work.”
Harris-Perry brought up the idea of slaves in the field and how their “hard work” did not help them to be successful by any means. She noted that she keeps a picture of slaves working in the field to remind her of this. Thankfully, Rowe destroyed her on that point as well.
“That’s a bit like hanging images of rape and bondage to better illustrate the true nature of human sexuality,” Rowe said. “First of all, slavery is not ‘hard work;’ it’s forced labor. There’s a big difference. Likewise, slaves are not workers; they are, by definition, property. They have no freedom, no hope, and no rights. Yes, they work hard, obviously, but there can be no ‘work ethic’ among slaves because the slave has no choice in the matter.”
Perhaps one of the best points Rowe made was that he too keeps a picture on his office wall. It is one that many would find completely unflattering — a picture of himself about to clean the most disgusting toilet he had ever seen. He said he keeps it there as a reminder that a plumber has tons of job security.
Finally, unlike slave labor, free workers have a choice to work as hard or as lax as they choose. They can even work so little they end up getting fired, or they could work hard enough that they end up getting a promotion to a supervisory role.
Although Rowe did not mention this, what Harris-Perry’s point equates to is socialism. “Everyone should be equal,” is the predominant theme in liberalized Europe and other countries.
But that takes the drive to succeed away from people, and that takes the creative ingenuity of our country away as well — all of which makes Harris-Perry’s ideology extremely flawed.
Maybe this would be too dirty of a job even for Mike Rowe, but perhaps he should run for Congress or the Senate! We could use his perspective in those historic halls!