Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Nail, Meet Coffin

HT Michelle Malkin

The despicable behavior of the left has been occurring with greater frequency at the most inapproriate of times, and today's memorial service for Coretta Scott King was, sadly, another case in point. Instead of being solely about the life of Mrs. King, the memorial became another in a long line of inappropriate opportunities to throw political stones.

It should be noted, therefore, that the title has nothing whatsoever to do with Mrs. King, but everything to do with the hacks that appear at these somber occassions and make them about something other than what they were intended.

Rush Limbaugh summed it up perfectly on his radio program today when, returning from a commercial break, he announced that the memorial service to Coretta Scott King had "gone Wellstone". Of course he was referring to the October 2002 memorial service for Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone that turned into little more than a partisan political rally.

Those who recall the Wellstone memorial with disgust will no doubt view the behavior that occurred at today's memorial service for Coretta Scott King in a similar light. Those who find no fault in using a memorial service to promote a political agenda have obviously not learned the lesson of the Wellstone memorial: You don't further your political agenda by being offensive, you destroy it!

President Bush made an eloquent and heartfelt speech in honor of Mrs. King and returned to his seat on the stage. That was apparently too much for Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and former President Jimmy Carter. Instead of reflecting on the words of President Bush, they took the opportunity to pounce:

"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...

"But Coretta knew, and we know," Lowery continued, "That there are weapons of misdirection right down here," he said, nodding his head toward the row of presidents past and present. "For war, billions more, but no more for the poor!" The crowd again cheered wildly.

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.

Later, Carter said Hurricane Katrina showed that all are not yet equal in America.

Carter conveniently forgot to mention that the wiretapping of the Kings was done by the Democrat Administration of John F. Kennedy. Instead, it was intended as a slap in the face at President Bush who was sitting behind him on the stage and had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Both Lowery and Carter profess to be godly people, and yet they can't resist the temptation to fire cheap shots at a memorial service. Is this really what they would have the American people believe that godly people do? Do they think we are that stupid?

The Wellstone memorial proved that we are not that stupid, but it is a lesson that the Hate Bush crowd has yet to learn. As a result, the memorial service for Coretta Scott King will be remembered by many, not for the life she lived, but for the political opportunism of two people who should know better. What a shame!

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