Posted By Guy Smith on February 24, 2014
Piers Morgan didn’t understand that for about 238 years, Americans haven’t given a damn for British political theory.
This, more than anything else, is why Mister Morgan has been bounced from CNN. That and the fact that Piers made Ted Turner look sane by comparison … the marketing department at CNN couldn’t deal with such disruption to their brand.
Piers’ career pratfall came by ignoring the aged wisdom that one does not confront the local culture. The image of the Ugly American was born in part by Yanks who travelled abroad and complained about the cultures they encountered. Culture, and the integrated belief systems that bind them, are deeply loved by locals. Arguing against them only builds animosity.
Lying to convert local heathens makes them angry.
Part of Piers’ problem, aside from being an arrogant and politically misaligned limey, was his classic mistake of seeking to be understood before seeking to understand. Born of British sensibilities (which, after watching some Monty Python reruns last night, sounds like an oxymoron) Morgan was ignorant [maybe I should just stop there] of the foundations of American culture. Common elements like our rebellious independent streak, preference for self-sufficiency, and a historical dislike for Morgan’s native government were concepts he did not incorporate before trying to change American politics. Since the right to shoot Red Coats is deeply ingrained in the American psyche, his attempts to accelerate disarmament of Americans metaphorically bought him a crimson jacket.
Such lack of effort by an alleged journalist is shameful. From a cross-cultural perspective it was plainly stupid. From a media standpoint, it was business as usual. Perhaps the worst part of Piers carrying the gun control banner was that he failed to study – even for a moment – what has happened in this country over the last fifty years.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Americans experimented with gun control and watched gun violence soar higher than Morgan’s ego. Recognizing that we had made a mistake … click to continue reading …