Distractions Like These are Killing Us

OzI posted yesterday about the danger of looking at the shiny keys; things right wingers do that get us all upset and hot and bothered, but which mean absolutely nothing in reality. The problem is, while we’re so busy occupying ourselves with crap, we’re not getting a progressive message out or promoting Democratic or progressive candidates.

There have been two such stories in the last few days, and both of them have completely taken over the professional left, to the point that anything important that may have gone on has been missed. And, like I said, while our side is engaging in our “Outrage of the Day” festivities over these, we just make ourselves look ridiculous and no progressive message is getting out.

In one example of “shiny keys,” an Arizona lawmaker kind of suggested during debate earlier this week that it would be nice if they could make church mandatory.

Yeah, I know. Asinine, right? Well, the professional left blew up, as they are wont to do, and another day went by without anything progressive being discussed. And it was much ado about nothing. Here’s the original story that started it all:

AZ Senator: Church attendance should be mandatory

The first thing to note is, the debate wasn’t about religion. And contrary to many of the stories I read yesterday, she wasn’t proposing a bill to make church mandatory. It also wasn’t all she said. Here is what she said:

“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America,” she said.

“It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” she told the committee.

Now, that was what many liberal media outlets reported her remarks. They stopped there. Only she didn’t stop there. What she next actually changes the context completely:

“But since that would not be allowed and we would not even be debating that, I’m going to vote yes that people who are responsible who have a CCW permit don’t have to worry about their guns as they’re out and about and doing business in whatever building they’re in except ones that where they aren’t allowed,” she said.

House Minority Leader Boehner wipes tears as colleague Johnson speaks about his prisoner-of-war status in WashingtonIn other words, she was being wistful. She wasn’t proposing a law. She realized she couldn’t do that, which actually makes her smarter than many of her Tea Party comrades.

And I want you to think about this…

She was discussing a concealed carry gun law, and now, we have no idea what it said. There’s a really good chance there was something about that law that was troublesome, but we’ll never know, because it’s been drown out by the phony outrage over something that could never, ever happen.

And you wonder why progressives never get a break.

The other one is actually related to the Indiana anti-gay law that was passed and signed into law earlier this week. But it’s actually taken away from the pressure the state of Indiana should be feeling right now, because it will most likely be found to be bullshit.

I know you’ve seen the story, because it’s been swallowed whole by the professional left and it’s everywhere. It seems there was a talk show in Indiana that was talking about the new law, when someone called into the show and said he was a small business owner, and that he owned a restaurant, and that he was already exercising his right to discriminate against gay couples, and that he was glad it would be legal.

Like I said, the professional left has gone absolutely batshit over this, pointing to it and saying, “See?!” As if this one phone call validates everything we have been saying since the bill was signed.

But think about it; it’s a distraction. The issue is the legalization of discrimination, not what one guy may have been doing all along. Also, it’s a caller to a radio show. Also, he wouldn’t name his restaurant, or say anything about it. Most people who call in to radio shows and make claims anonymously are full of shit. Those of us who listen to talk radio a lot know this caller; Stephanie Miller and her mooks make fun of them every day.

There are several things to take away from this.

One is, we need to understand the actual issue, which in this case isn’t one restaurant bragging about discriminating against gays, it’s about the state making that type of activity legal beginning July 1.

Another is, when we allow ourselves to become distracted by every little thing the right does, we can’t possibly formulate an alternate narrative.

Just as importantly, when the shiny keys turn out to be just so much bullshit, we also take a major hit to our reputations. We can never allow

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