We liberals are even more docile: This morning's Washington Post contains a slightly overwrought letter concerning the habits of bees.
Bees should not be confused with hornets! Whimsical heading included, the letter went something like this:
This really stungWe blame this on Muhammad Ali. He should have said, "Float like a butterfly, sting like a yellow jacket."
As a professional beekeeper and former Montgomery County high school teacher, I was upset by recent reporting regarding “bees” in The Post.
The culprits in the incident described in the Oct. 13 Local Digest item “Bees sting dozens at Montgomery school” were undoubtedly yellow jackets or hornets. It is terrible that so many students were stung, but the public deserved a better assessment of which stinging insects were responsible. Please don’t give bees a bad rap because it makes a better headline than “yellow jackets.” Bees are typically very docile and will attack only if their queen is threatened.
Misleading headlines and reports are detrimental to beekeepers and to the future of agriculture. Incorrect reports can make the public believe that bees are dangerous, when they are not.
Many people tend to call anything that stings a “bee,” but bees and yellow jackets are like apples and oranges: They ain’t the same.
Saturday is the day the Post reserves for letters of this general type. We assume the writer is correct on every point, though perhaps is a bit overwrought.
We were struck by one line in the letter. It's the line where the writer attacks us liberals for being more docile than bees:
"Bees are typically very docile and will attack only if their queen is threatened."Bees are very docile? Starting in 1992, our liberal team's queen, Hillary Clinton, was attacked for twenty-five years, routinely in ludicrous and insulting ways. Also, misogynistic.
We liberals just sat there and took it. Last November, we learned a lesson about the wages of docile behavior.
No matter what sort of crap was said, we liberals just stared into air. We swallowed years of misogynistic insults from Chris Matthews. We swallowed that Bannon-funded crap in the Times about the uranium deal. 4400 words!
No matter what was said, we took it, following Rachel's lead. We don't blame the rank and file, but where were our "corporate liberal" leaders down through all those years?
Donald J. Trump rode that crap to the White House. Are we happy with our cable stars? Are we happy with the way our docility finally turned out?
Our leaders clowned like butterflies, stung like docile insiders.