FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021
Same old story, we're told: For some reason, the rant on this morning's Morning Joe made us think of Camus' The Stranger.
More specifically, it made us think of the way the classic text begins:
Mother died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from the home: "Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours." That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.
Camus' narrator was already deeply estranged and alienated right there at the start of the book.
For whatever reason, that famous passage came to mind when Joe began yelling today. He got very red in the face, and he ended up yelling real loud.
For her part, Mika threw in the occasional chirp.
Joe was yelling at the Trump supporters who persist in believing that last year's election was stolen. By the end of his four-minute, 27-second tirade, the angry host was shouting thusly:
SCARBOROUGH (5/21/21): This is not about Joe Biden, this stopped being about Joe Biden a long time ago. This is about you. This is about you playing into what every one of our enemies wants you to play into, that American democracy is not worth being trusted, that American democracy is no different than Russia.
If you believe that, I will say to you what many of you said in the 1960s: America—love it or leave it!
If you don't have respect in American democracy any more, if you don't respect Madisonian checks and balances if your guy doesn't win, if that's the new rules of engagement for this great republic, then just leave our country, because you're unworthy of it, and there are millions of immigrants who will come here and raise their right hand and buy into the creed and believe that we are exceptional, that believe American democracy is the greatest government on the face of the earth, and they will do it proudly, they will salute the flag proudly, and most importantly, they will fight for what that flag represents, while you shame yourself, while you disgrace yourself, while you disgrace our country in the eyes of the world. Yes, this is all on you.
Get the facts, live in the light, follow the truth and love this country, and stop this—or leave! Or leave, If you're going to believe a reality TV show host's lies about the American republic, his desecration of American exceptionalism, then just get the hell out, we don't want you here. That's all I've got to say.
MIKA: You couldn't have said it better.
JOE: Why, thank you.
MIKA: No, I really appreciate that.
The Others no longer respect Madisonian checks and balances! It's no wonder Joe was so mad!
Just for the record, many of the people in question weren't even alive in the 1960s! At any rate, "Just get the hell out, we don't want you here. Love it or leave it," Joe said.
You can watch the full tirade at Mediaite. "Joe Scarborough channeled the rant of fictional Network anchor Howard Beale Friday morning," the site's Colby Hall opined.
Again for the record, when we say that Joe was yelling and shouting, Joe was really yelling and shouting. Experts tell us this:
It's entirely possible that the die has already been cast. The spread of The Crazy is very frustrating, but on the bright side, it does provide a startling anthropology lesson. The spread of The Crazy can be hard to take, but there's no clear way out at this point.
Concerning the way Joe screamed and yelled, our experts told us this:
This is part of the way our human arrangements typically move toward an end. Our brains are hard-wired for this sort of reaction. When things are substantially falling apart, they may tend to just spiral down.