Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bush Lambasted At King Funeral

There used to be a few venues where a person could feel he was free from verbal attack, and a funeral used to be one of those places. From The Drudge Report.

Today's memorial service for civil rights activist Coretta Scott King -- billed as a "celebration" of her life -- turned suddenly political as one former president took a swipe at the current president, who was also lashed by an outspoken black pastor!

The outspoken Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ripped into President Bush during his short speech, ostensibly about the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

"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.

The mostly black crowd applauded, then rose to its feet and cheered in a two-minute-long standing ovation.
Former President Jimmy Carter later swung at Bush as well, not once but twice. As he talked about the Kings, he 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." The crowd cheered as Bush, under fire for a secret wiretapping program he ordered after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, again smiled weakly.
I'm honestly not very impressed. This is the same type of audience that could be brought to its feet by the impassioned eloquence of the likes of Al Gore, and the same type of doctrine that will keep the rates of unemployment, teenage pregnancy, poverty, drop out, single parent household and crime higher amongst pseudo-victimized minority populations.

Very sad but very predictable. I suppose if the outcome of my doctrine was as hopeless as that of these poverty pimps, I'd jump at the chance to clap about something too--however inappropriate.

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