Outrageous! How dare he! Every self-respecting politician is in Memphis and is trying to say something smart and edgy about MLK and the civil rights movement: just saw Hillary Clinton’s “speech” on TV, ok, she did not sound very enthusiastic, in fact, she sounded exactly like someone who was paying some good old-fashioned lip service, but she was there! Even McCain, who voted against the MLK day back in 1983 (even Dick Cheney voted for the holiday on that vote), is there trying to explain that it was his first year in Congress and he didn’t really know many black people back then, so of course he voted against the holiday… But where is Obama?
He is Indiana and other places – does he not know that when it comes to all things civil rights, it is essential to insist that you always supported the struggle, you liked the band before it was cool, you think MKL said the wisest words of all American leaders, you will do the best to follow his legacy (whatever you think that legacy is, clearly not all of it is “relevant,” right?)…
Take, for example, McCain’s speech:
“Even in this most idealistic of nations, we do not always take kindly to being reminded of what more we can do, or how much better we can be, or who else can be included in the promise of America,” Mr. McCain said. “We can be slow as well to give greatness its due, a mistake I made myself long ago when I voted against a federal holiday in memory of Dr. King. I was wrong and eventually realized that, in time to give full support for a state holiday in Arizona.”
So McCain was almost 50 when he mad voted against the holiday and it took him some time to realize the error. Now at 72 (that’s pretty old, isn’t it? what is with the old people trying to get/keep political power? drink some warm milk and take a nap time) he realized he made a mistake – how slow is this guy?
And Hillary did a great job as well:
At times Mrs. Clinton’s voice broke, as when she recalled learning of Dr. King’s death as a student at Wellesley College. “It’s hard to believe it has been 40 years,” she said. “And it is also heartbreaking to know that Dr. King has been gone from this earth longer than he was here.”
She recalled her often-described meeting with Dr. King when she was a 14-year-old girl “from an all-white school and an all-white church and an all-white suburb.”
Wow, how touching! how awesome! a privileged white teenager meets the great civil right leader and decides to dedicate her life to his struggle – I did wish she would cry a little, but broken voice is good to, although it is not clear whether she was sad over the fact that MLK was assassinated or over the fact that she no longer a naive 14-year-old white girl…
And what about? Obama said: “It was a struggle for economic justice, for the opportunity that should be available to people of all races and all walks of life,” he said. “Because Dr. King understood that the struggle for economic justice and the struggle for racial justice were really one, that each was part of a larger struggle for freedom, for dignity, and for humanity.” What is all this communist stuff?
And speaking of things such as racism 40 years later, check this out!