Friday, August 30, 2013

Being On The Wrong Side Of History Has Its Costs

Dumbya's speechwriter Michael "Mushroom Cloud" Gerson, in today's once great Washington Post Bezos Bugle, clutches his pearls and wanks about the President's speech on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this past Wednesday, especially the President's mention of income inequality, health care, unemployment, and those arrayed to obstruct progress:
What possessed the president, in the midst of a fine speech, to employ language appropriate to the Democratic National Convention? However accurate or inaccurate you regard these charges, it is not a good sign when polarization seeps into ceremonial celebrations.

The BooMan today:
In some abstract way, mainstream Republicans wanted to honor Dr. King's most magnificent speech, even to the point of falsely claiming King as a member of their party. But, confronted with people who sounded a lot like the speakers who appeared that day fifty years ago, they felt that the whole thing was being politicized. Well, if you don't like the politics of the Civil Rights Era and it's leaders and proponents, then why commemorate them? Why not condemn them?
But to ask people to take the politics of social justice out of the commemoration is to try to appropriate to yourself something that doesn't belong to you.  (our emphasis)
Yeah, that about sums it up.

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