Calvin Freiburger asks how downright stupid is the average liberal? This stupid.
Their leaders, who are often intellectually stunted as well but not enough to genuinely buy their own crap, have a habit of picking out random words or phrases one of their political enemies has said and declaring them racist, based on absolutely nothing more than the confidence that their followers are clueless enough to believe the term they’ve never heard before is racist.
And 99.9% of the time, they get their lemmings to run with it.
The latest example of this phenomenon was in response to White House Chief of Staff, retired Marine Corps General, and Gold Star father John Kelly powerfully setting the record straight on the manufactured controversy of whether President Donald Trump spoke insensitively to Myeshia Johnson, the widow of slain Army Sgt. La David Johnson.
In the course of shaming Florida Democrat Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for exploiting this fallen soldier’s death for a partisan smear campaign, Kelly referred to her as an “empty barrel.” Wilson, having no actual defense for her ghoulish behavior, decided that must be racist, despite admitting “I had never heard” of it before. Right on cue, plenty of the usual media suspects were all to happy to agree that yup, Kelly must hate blacks:
Democratic Rep. Wilson: "Empty barrel," used by WH Chief of Staff Kelly to describe her, is a "racist term" https://t.co/zVggY09vyA
— Josiah Daniel Ryan (@JosiahRyan) October 20, 2017
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) October 20, 2017
On its face, this is all deeply, deeply stupid. But the folks at the Daily Caller decided to take the time to research precisely how stupid it was, and here’s what they found:
But TheDCNF found no evidence that the term has racial connotations. The phrase originated from the proverb “empty vessels make most noise” that dates back to at least the 15th century.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins, the proverb means that “foolish people are always the most talkative.” Similarly, the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs defines it this way: “Shallow people with nothing valuable to say are the most talkative or noisy.”
TheDCNF also found no informal use of the term that would suggest a racial connotation. Even Urban Dictionary, a crowdsourcing website for slang terms, did not list any definitions of “empty barrel” or “empty vessel,” as of Friday morning.
Famous writers have used the expression over the centuries. Playwright William Shakespeare used it in Act 4 of “Henry V.” “I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true ‘The empty vessel makes the greatest sound,’” wrote Shakespeare.
The write-up, from DC fact-check reporter David Sivak, goes on to note that author Jonathan Swift once wrote “I have always observed that your empty vessels sound loudest,” while the quip “An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers” is popularly attributed to Plato, although the historical evidence does not suggest he actually said it.
Guys, "empty barrel" is a racist term from David Duke, and we should…
I'm sorry, that was a typo. I meant to say WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. pic.twitter.com/eSi7M802Ha
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) October 20, 2017
Kelly grew up in segregated Boston, in an Irish Catholic neighborhood where women were bullied, not honored, and blacks scorned & rejected.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 20, 2017
Gee, what do you think is more likely: that a man with no documented history of any sort of racial animosity decided to invent a brand-new racial slur, or that he thought the above meanings were a good fit for a loudmouth buffoon of a politician?