Sarah Palin made such a comparison at a Faith and Freedom Coalition fundraiser. She likened the debt obligations of the United States to slavery. She was no doubt alluding to the well-known Bible verse found in Proverbs:
"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." Proverbs 22:7 (KJV)
In a limited way that statement and, by extension, that of Sarah Palin in true. A borrower is to some extent working under duress for sake of the lender, because that is to whom the borrow must pass on some of his earnings.
Although she probably scored rhetorical points with her audience, its not a particularly apt analogy. It calls to mind 19th century American slavery, an aberration from the Anglo-American historical experience that rested on an ideological foundation of agrarianism and the degradation of a people based upon their color.
But then, Palin is hardly the first to make such a comparison.
Hillary Clinton has used this analogy.
And Bashir himself has used this clumsy analogy.
Palin's comments, however, provoked this obscene response from MSNBC television personality Martin Bashir. Instead of explaining to his viewers why he believes Palin should not be permitted to use this analogy why he should remain free to do so, he engaged in a vile personal attack.
Whether this response has it roots in Bashir's political ideology, his misogynistic Pakistani background, or both, only he knows.
So in the spirit of the MSNBC corporate culture, here are some words for Martin Bashir: