Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Jimmy Carter falls off the ladder

Jimmy Carter was president when I was a boy.

I always thought of him as a nice guy -- probably too nice to be President.

In the years following his presidency, I generally had nothing but nice things to say about the man. He appeared to show a lot of class, and I admired his humanitarian work.

Slowly, though, especially over the last 6 or 7 years, his fingers have been slipping off the rungs of the ladder of respect. He was hanging precariously from the last rung yesterday when he suddenly fell off at Coretta Scott King's funeral.

“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.”

-- Jimmy Carter at Coretta King's funeral

In 1968. By Bobby Kennedy. Funny that wasn't mentioned.

Democrats are big on the "Unite, don't Divide" theme, but in lip service alone. At an event where there should have been nothing but uniting -- our current President gave a respectful tribute to her and to her husband and to the huge progress in human rights they contributed greatly to.

I don't know, it kind of looked to me like the Dems were pissed off that the President was even allowed to speak at the event (but imagine the howls of protest that would have come if he hadn't). I guess it was supposed to be their pulpit, so they ignored the standard of dignity the President had set and decided they needed to slap him down. This kind of thing leaves a very bad taste in the mouths of those of us who are conservative, but not racist. Which, contrary to popular Leftist belief, constitutes the strong majority. Think you're helping "the cause"? How?

Then the Rev. Joseph Lowry spews (right in front of the President and his father)
“We know there were no weapons of mass destruction over there, but Coretta knew and we knew there are weapons of misdirection right down here..."

Really? Are you sure?

Completely classless.

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