Colossus R&D man Gooch sends me this link from USA Today about the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial ... and some of the predictable dogmatic/political nonsense you'd expect from the usual suspects. Let's start from the beginning:
Update at 9:20 a.m. ET: [Washington DC Mayor Vincent] Gray spends much of his speech noting that residents of Washington, D.C., do not, under the Constitution, have full voting rights. He calls on President Obama and Congress to end this "yoke of injustice" and "remove the shackles of oppression." The voting restrictions were put in place when the District of Columbia was created. The district does not have a voting representative in Congress.
No problem! Just incorporate the District into the state of Maryland and voilá -- instant voting rights for DC residents. Do not think we don't recognize the blatant political (and pathetic) agenda behind granting the District full statehood. (It's ridiculously overwhelmingly Democratic.)
Update at 10:27 a.m. ET: King, [Jesse] Jackson says, would be sad that a "redemptive moment of historic proportions" that came with the election of Obama in 2008 "has been met with unrelenting retribution, retaliation and unprecedented opposition." "Many seem willing just to sink the ship just to destroy the captain," Jackson says."We must do better than that."
Of course, since MLK advocated going beyond skin color in judging men, he'd probably rebuke the racialist Jackson saying "Unrelenting retribution, retaliation and unprecedented opposition? Please, Jesse. Do you so quickly forget what happened to Obama's predecessor? Or, do you think that just because our current president is black that he should have it easier than any other chief executive?"
Update at 10:39 a.m. ET: Rev. Joseph Lowery, the 90-year-old co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, says King gave birth to a "new America." "This marvelous present is imperiled today by forces that have come to turn back the clock. ... But we want to make sure they understand that we have marched too far, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely, and died too young to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey."
Yo Rev -- who precisely wants to "turn back the clock?" Be specific. But I know you won't because either 1) you can't, or 2) you don't want to sound like an idiot. So just keep to those generalized outrageous platitudes.
Update at 11:14 a.m. ET: Rev. Al Sharpton says the marker is not a monument of old times past. "This is a marker for the fight for justice today and a projection for the fight for justice in the future because we will not stop until we get the equal justice justice (that) Dr. King fought for."
The mere fact that a huckster like Sharpton is even on this stage dramatically reduces the respect that it due this memorial. What a shame.
But all was not lost. Not at all. There were many positive comments with no agenda -- perhaps the best of which was the following:
Update at 9:29 a.m. ET: King's sister, Christine King Farris, refers to Obama, the first African-American president, and says, "All dreams can come true and America is a place where you can make it happen."
Amen.Posted by Hube at October 17, 2011 02:55 PM | TrackBack