Wednesday, February 08, 2006

When I die

I find the attacks (concerning the funeral of Coretta Scott King) by the punditocracy to be disgusting. Their statements are so obviously racist and incredibly insulting. To suggest that a funeral of a prominent political civil rights figure should be apolitical is an absurdity I cannot wrap my mind around.

So many Republicans seem to be able to seperate their political beliefs from their daily lives. What is wrong with them? Every conscious decision I make is shaped by my values. The food I eat, the places I shop, the cars I drive, the people I call friends, the things I read, the charities I donate to, etc., all of them are consistent with ideals I hold. I would act exactly the same way if there were no Democratic Party.

The work I do reflects this. I want society to change for the better, I want it to be a lasting and sustainable change. I expect the vast majority of this change will be enjoyed by future generations, long after I am gone. I want the world to be better for my children's sake.

Should I die soon, in a way that my death can be used to force the issue of change, I expect you all to make such use. If you should have a captive audience (like a president who has shown no interest in our cause) I expect you to speak truth to power. They might accuse you of trying to make my funeral "political." You have my permission. How dare they try to make it apolitical?
-Synthesis

2 Comments:

At 10:17 PM, Blogger johnnie said...

I agree with you. My political beliefs are a part of my life. Please celebrate them at my funeral. To ignore them at my passing would be a disservice to my life.

What surprised me the most from the news coverage of the funeral of Mrs. King was the statement that 4 Presidents attended her funeral and none attended her husband's.

After 35 years it is sad anyone is still listening to the voices of hate.

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger J Billson said...

"Their statements are so obviously racist and incredibly insulting."

Yes, if you're talking about what Jimmy Carter and The Rev. Lowery had done. There was obviously hate in that church, but it didn't come from either Bush (41) or Bush (43). To cover topics related to civil rights and commend CSK's efforts is one thing, but to insult a man while he's right there makes Carter and Lowery no better than the hate-mongers of A.N.S.W.E.R.

What really bothered me is the ignorance that Carter, Clinton, and Lowery truly showed. They have no concept of history,or the damage their Democractic party has done to minorities.They are hurting African Americans more than they truly care to realize. And their party is not one of "caring for minorities" Never was, never will be.

Just remember which side of the racism issue Democrats are REALLY ON...

1. During the Civil War, it was the Democrats who tried to secede in order to preserve their "right" to own other human beings.

2. It was Democrats who formed the Klu Klux Klan and instituted Jim Crow laws.

3. Democrats who fought for "separate but equal" treatment of black Americans.

4. Democrats who stood in the doorways of schools to keep blacks out.

5. Democrats who turned fire hoses on blacks to keep them from voting.

And now, Democrats like Carter work hard to pin those injustices on Republicans, who have been the true "Party of Inclusion" the whole time!

If one were to look back in history, rather than rewrite it, then you'd see that the Republican Party had:

1. Jeanette Rankin, the first woman in Congress. A Republican from Montana elected in 1916.She pushed to end to child labor, and staying out of World War I.

2. The first black Congressman, Joseph Hayne Rainey, a Republican from South Carolina and a former slave. Elected to Congress in 1870, he supported an amnesty bill to remove remaining liabilities on former Confederates while simultaneously promoting a civil rights bill.

3. The first black Senator was Republican Hiram Rhoades Revels. He was elected to serve the remainder of Jefferson Davis' term, but did not run for re-election.

4. The first black Senator to serve a full term was also a Republican, Blanche K. Bruce of Mississippi. elected to the Senate in 1874, encouraging the government to be more generous in issuing western land grants to blacks.

5. The first woman to run for President on a major party ticket, as well as serve in both houses of Congress - Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican from Maine. Elected in 1940, she supported appropriation for childcare and helped women in military service by establishing WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) and the Army-Navy Permanent Nurses Corps. She worked for retirement benefits, equal pay, and equal rank for women. She then ran for the Senate in 1948 and won, serving for 24 years. During that time, in 1964, Senator Smith ran for President on the Republican Party ticket and received 27 nominating votes at the Republican Convention.

And lets not forget the Democrats' true record on Civil Rights:

Senator Robert Byrd (D-WVa)(a former Klansman and still a US Senator) led a Democratic filibuster to block the passage of the Republican-backed civil rights bills of 1957 and 1960. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was finally passed with 79% of Republicans and 63% of Democrats voting in favor of the bill, while in the Senate, 21 Democrats and only 6 Republicans voted against it.

Now before anyone jumps to conclusions that I'm a rich, white, Neo-Con male just spouting off, let me get something straight...I make roughly $20,000 a year, I'm a Native Hawaiian, and I find myself disgusted with the way Democrats -especially those here in Hawaii - who feel that they have to be "sensitive" to my culture or to my needs. I am not uncapable of providing for myself, nor am I "disadvantaged" (Liberals in the North can be so racially insulting when they assume that anyone who's not white has had a "less then average" upbringing) and in need of special programs to help me get ahead. I am not entitled to anything. Anything I have, I earn.

That's why I cannot support a party who deems anyone who is not white to be "inferior" and in need of social programs. To even suggest that is to be racist, and I guess Jimmy Carter showed his true colors (no pun intended...lol).

BTW...I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this gets deleted.

 

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