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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

These People Have No Shame

It was supposed to be a celebration of life. Today's memorial service for Coretta Scott King brought together family, friends, civil rights leaders, and government officials of both political parties, including four Presidents – two Republicans and two Democrats. It was supposed to be one time when men and women of good faith could come together, put aside political differences, and honor a courageous woman who stood for what she believed, suffered for what she believed, and made a difference because of what she believed.

That is what it was supposed to be. But that is not what it turned out to be. The part about putting aside political differences was just too much to ask of some in attendance.

The Reverend Joseph Lowery, who along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, couldn't pass up the opportunity take a jab at President Bush, who was seated directly behind him.

We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there, but Coretta knew and we knew that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor.

How tempting it must have been for the President to refuse to shake Reverend Lowery's hand after that. However, the President, with the respect appropriate for a solemn occasion, warmly embraced Reverend Lowery, showing the class that the Reverend had not been able to show.

Reverend Lowery was not the only one unable to resist taking a shot at the current President. Former President Jimmy Carter decided to use the occasion to call to mind the current wiretapping issue by mentioning that it was difficult for the Kings "personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps."

Maybe President Bush should have reminded President Carter that it was President John F. Kennedy's Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy who authorized those wiretaps. That's right, the heroes of the left, the champions of the poor, the defenders of minorities, were the ones who committed the act that President Carter chose to use to admonish President Bush at a moment when he was supposed to be honoring Coretta Scott King.



Blogger Malott said...

Great post, Bryan.

Whether it's the Judiciary Committee or funerals these Democrats display their lack of manners.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Larry Head said...

Great post. I have refrained from blogging on this because it so sickened me. The real question is when has the left NOT used occasions like this to spout their socialist views and hatred of Bush. Bet they wont suport Ken Blackwwod in Ohio or Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania...where it looks as if the dems may lose anoher seat.

4:39 PM  

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