Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Today The Nation Mourns The Passing Of Coretta Scott King And The Death Of Public Decorum

So, Coretta Scott King's life's work has been reduced to this...turning her funeral into a political stage. Nice.

Rather than use the passing of arguably one of the greatest women in the civil rights movement [or American history in general] as a moment of solidarity and unification; liberals decide the better course of action is to spit on her grave. Consider these quotes from Rev. Joseph Lowery and then former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter; be sure to watch how both men take lengthy debates and reduce them to sound bites:
"She extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," Lowery said.

"It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps," former President Jimmy Carter added.

"This commemorate ceremony this morning, this afternoon, is not only to acknowledge the great contributions of Coretta and Martin, but to remind us that the struggle for equal rights is not over. We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi," Carter said, the rest of his sentence drowned out by loud applause. "Those who were most devastated by [Hurricane] Katrina know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans. It is our responsibility to continue their crusade."
Well, to say I am surprised would be a lie. I come to expect this type of response from the left. A funeral is no venue for a debate on the reasons for war or whether or not the citizens of New Orleans were forsaken. For decades now Democrats have created a notion of trust and cooperation with the African-American community and their leadership. They play the race card whenever it is convenient and claim to represent the needs of minorities in America. However, can anyone give me tangible reasons why liberals get a free pass on race issues, but for the most part have been completely passive when it comes to the needs of the African-American communities? I mean real examples that separates them from the Republicans? No, I thought not...

As someone who truly appreciates the hard struggles and pain the Kings had to endure, I find it very discouraging that 2006 will go down as the year we completely lost all connection with their work. Liberals used this past Martin Luther King day as a political theater to attack President Bush. They attended rallies intended to honor King, but instead used the media coverage to grandstand against the current administration. It was almost as if they forgot who they were suppose to be honoring.

And now the wife of Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott, has died. She wasn't merely a devoted spouse of a civil leader. Oh no, she was so much more. I highly recommend this link to further educate yourself on why we should honor this great lady. Her passing shouldn't be used a means to further a political agenda. There is a time and place for that. Take to the airwaves all you want when the funeral is over; but reverence should have prevailed during the memorial services not partisan politics.

An ugly stain still remains on this great nation. And now unfortunately, we are now without great men and women like Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King to help us make the next step in race relations. Instead all we get now is vile, hateful rhetoric with no solutions. As simple white boy in a Midwestern state, I can tell you this:

While Martin Luther King may have a been a wonderful orator with words, his real gift was the ability to put those words into action.

A lesson that seems to be lost on the black leadership and white liberals of today.

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