It’s been a few days now since the Coretta Scott King funeral and the rightwing pundits are still up in arms over the comments of several speakers at the event. Their spin on this is that a funeral is no place for comments like those of President Jimmy Carter or Rev. Joseph Lowery. The pundits suggest that people don’t want to hear comments like these. What they fail to mention is that these comments were followed by rounds of exuberant applause from a majority of those in attendance (in Lowery’s case it was a 23 second standing ovation which the right wing shows have, of course edited out and ignored). If the remarks were so out-of-bounds why didn’t attendees respond with shock or concern? Forgive me, but loud, boisterous applause is more in line with agreement than with concern.
It’s clear to me that what hurt the rightwing pundits and fans of this cardboard President most was having to see him take part in an event that he and his administration had absolutely no means to control. What you saw was George W. Bush out of his element surrounded by real people with real opinions. These people didn’t have to be vetted. They didn’t have to sign a loyalty oath. This was an event that our buffoon of a President has no skills to maneuver among. His comments were welcomed but not lauded. His invitation was a mark of just how much class the King family has. Frankly, if I were George Bush I’d have created some national emergency to fall back on as a reason for not being able to attend.
The King family has lived with terrorism. They’ve lived with racism. They’ve experienced loss and have every reason to be vengeful and yet, to their credit, have moved their agenda forward peacefully and with tact. These are concepts that seem entirely lost on the current President. All we saw at the funeral was a man who once again embodies the concept that the emperor has no clothes. How righties, many of whom mainly advocated and worked against much of what Coretta Scott King fought for, can be offended at real life comments is ridiculous as usual.
Worse is the hypocrisy that continues to pervade the Right. Republicans have long since used funerals to put forth personal and political agendas. President Reagan’s funeral was a classic case in point. First of all, no Democrat’s were even invited to speak. Furthermore, our current President had no qualms in using that occassion to suggest that Reagan was both a supporter of his and his agenda. Not surprisingly, none of the pundits had anything negative to say about that. Interesting……