Friday, August 30, 2013
The GOP's Snubbing of MLK's "I Have A Dream" Speech Commemoration
Snowballs are being tossed around in hell:
O’Reilly said, “Last night during my discussion with James Carville about the Martin Luther King commemoration, I said that there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong, I was wrong. Some Republicans were asked to speak. They declined, and that was a mistake. They should have spoken. Now, the mistake, entirely on me. I simply assumed that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats, Republicans were excluded. So here’s the tip of the day. Always check out the facts before you make a definitive statement. And when you make a mistake, admit it. By the way, I’m sorry that I made that mistake. It’s very annoying because I know you guys watch The Factor for accuracy.”
O'Reilly's mea culpa is in response to his ham-headed belief that no Republican was invited to speak at the commemoration of the "I Have A Dream" speech. His assumption was based on many on the right's embrace of victimization, which they eagerly claim whenever someone points to their misrepresentations or their rancid bigotry.
O'Reilly laughingly said "I know you guys watch 'The Factor' for accuracy."
I don't think O'Reilly knows what the word "accuracy" really means.
Here's a list of all the exaggerations, misrepresentations, and damn lies O'Lielly has passed onto his willfully gullible viewers:
Bill O'Reilly's Right-Wing Buffoonery: A Brief Catalog
The absence of GOP representatives was a disgrace to The Reverend Martin Luther King's memory.
They declined to participate.
This is the party that has stated again and again that it needs to reach out to minorities. Yet on the anniversary of a man who has been called "a modern founding father" they were nowhere to be found, and by refusing to honor The Reverend Martin Luther King on this historic commemoration, they seal their fate as the party of _______________ and ______________. Fill in the blanks, I'm sure whomever reads this will be far more charitable than I.
Something Was Missing From The March On Washington Anniversary
If Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had seen 50 years into the future, he might have been tempted to add "Democrats and Republicans" to the historically antagonistic pairings — "black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics" — who, in his "I Have A Dream" speech, would one day hold hands and sing, "Free at last."
The parties have seldom seemed so far apart as they did Wednesday, on the 50th anniversary of King's speech and the March on Washington. Not a single Republican elected official spoke at the "Let Freedom Ring" event at the Lincoln Memorial, site of King's 1963 speech, though some were invited.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio attended an earlier march commemoration on Capitol Hill, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was traveling in Ohio and North Dakota, according to reports explaining why they had declined invitations.
Former President George W. Bush was invited by event organizers, but declined because of recent heart surgery.
Whatever the reasons, the absence of any prominent past or present Republican official in a speaking role at the commemoration is unlikely to help the party's outreach to minorities.
The hulking marble presence of the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, didn't really make up for the absence of living, breathing GOP officials.