Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

posted at 8:01 am on August 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

With the US sending a naval task group to the shores of Syria to possibly launch military attacks against the Assad regime and a meltdown of our Arab Spring strategy in Egypt, one might think that the Sunday talk shows might be more focused on foreign policy than usual today.  Instead, most of the talk will revolve around yesterday’s march on the Mall in Washington to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech and the status of civil rights in America now. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), one of the last of the original activists of that period, only misses the full Ginsburg today because Fox News Sunday isn’t covering it at all — choosing instead to talk about Syria with two Capitol Hill leaders on foreign policy, plus a look at the thrill killing in Oklahoma involving three teens, two of whom are black, which seems like a rather odd choice given the proximity to the demonstration yesterday.  ABC will update viewers on Egypt and Syria with Martha Raddatz live in Cairo, but the best mix looks like CNN’s State of the Union, which will have Ted Cruz and Jim DeMint along with Howard Dean and Lewis, and a roundtable on Syria.

  • ABC’s This Week: Martha Raddatz live from Cairo; roundtable with George Will, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile, WaPo correspondent Dan Balz; special roundtable on 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Andrew Young, Byron Pitts
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Colin Powell, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Newark Mayor Cory Booker; roundtable with NAACP president Ben Jealous, Marian Wright Edelman, civil-rights author Taylor Branch
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX); Howard Dean, Jim DeMint; roundatble with Cornell Belcher, Ross Douthat, Carly Fiorina, Neera Tanden
  • Fox News Sunday: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN); Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, OK DA Jason Hicks; roundtable with Scott Brown, Kirsten Powers, David Webb, Juan Williams
  • NBC’s Meet the Press: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Cory Booker, Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal; roundtable with Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Sheryl WuDunn, Rev. Al Sharpton, David Brooks, and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

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It’s sad to see a revered civil rights icon like John Lewis descending into dementia. Just yesterday, he was saying that the Supreme Court must be stopped because they’re taking voting rights away! Poor old man is becoming completely disconnected from reality.

Pablo on August 25, 2013 at 8:11 AM

good for fox…

reading some of the other sites, you’d think they’ve had NO civil rights for the last 50 years…still oppressed apparently
?????

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM

and it was the gop who has oppressed them and was against the civil rights act of ’64 too…
????

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You know I’m starting to think the government doesn’t do backgrounds checks.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/24/dhs-employee-placed-on-leave-over-website-claiming-black-people-are-goin

How can you not catch these things?

warren on August 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

and it was the gop who has oppressed them and was against the civil rights act of ’64 too…
????

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

It never ceases to amaze me how you seem ceaselessly amazed by liberals. LOL

Good morning, Lady! Happy Sunday!

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

You know, after yesterday’s rally, I’m going to sell all of my black slaves.

There. Now it’s all better.

Wino on August 25, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Morning Liam…yeah, I keep thinking there would be a few level headed folks on the left

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

You know, after yesterday’s rally, I’m going to sell all of my black slaves.

There. Now it’s all better.

Wino on August 25, 2013 at 8:25 AM

They are an extraneous expense, aren’t they? Always wanting to eat and all.

Who can afford it nowadays? /

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Morning Liam…yeah, I keep thinking there would be a few level headed folks on the left

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Silly girl! Level-headed people can’t be liberal.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

You know I’m starting to think the government doesn’t do backgrounds checks.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/24/dhs-employee-placed-on-leave-over-website-claiming-black-people-are-goin

How can you not catch these things?

warren on August 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Diversity.

Multiculturalism.

“All cultures are of equal value- except Western culture, which is inherently and irredeemably evil.”

Etc.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

D’oh!

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

I’m so sick of this racial B.S. Enough already.

Key West Reader on August 25, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Free at last — but not to let go.

apostic on August 25, 2013 at 8:33 AM

D’oh!

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Every time someone says level-head and liberal in the same sentence, I think of Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster. That’s about as level-headed as a liberal can get. LOL

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

lol
:)

—————-
rome is burning and the lsm is deflecting to this…

SQUIRREL of the day

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:36 AM

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:36 AM

When it all comes crashing down, media liberals are going to be the ones most shocked.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

lsm making sure that lbj and kennedy were the main leaders of the civil rights act…and the gop were for barry goldwater who was against the act

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

lsm making sure that lbj and kennedy were the main leaders of the civil rights act…and the gop were for barry goldwater who was against the act

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

If I recall, Senator JFK voted against the first civil rights act in 1954. He later ‘changed his mind’ for political expediency.

LBJ signed on to civil rights to win the black vote for Democrats. He did a lot of arm-twisting of Republicans because not enough Democrats (including Al gore’s father) wanted anything to do with it. If not for Republicans, the 1964 bill would never have passed.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

from your keyboard

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Last night after the football game on CBS the local DC news had all of the usual suspects on whining about the how they just haven’t made it and it’s all the Honkies’ fault. Even MLK III doesn’t have a clue as to what his father said 50 years ago. MLK’s speech superimposed on what these dolts said yesterday is 180 degrees out of phase. MLK was inspiring. The rest? Whiners.

BetseyRoss on August 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

yeah, this little tidbit never sees the light of day on the lsm…facts schmacts…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

MLK was inspiring. The rest? Whiners.

BetseyRoss on August 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

in a nutshell

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I see Colin Powell is on Face The Nation. Predictably, he has jumped on board the “Voter ID laws are racist” bandwagon.

TarheelBen on August 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

powell continues to disappoint me

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Beautiful weekend. Temps in the 80s. And a McCain and Graham-free Sunday chat factory.

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Happy Nomad on August 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

happy sunday HN…we may actually get some rain today…yea!

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

yeah, this little tidbit never sees the light of day on the lsm…facts schmacts…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Facts/reality and liberalism are polar opposites. It’s the liberalism that has to come first. Everything has to conform to the liberal worldview. The ideology is never required to bend as circumstances dictate.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

indeed Liam

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I see Colin Powell is on Face The Nation. Predictably, he has jumped on board the “Voter ID laws are racist” bandwagon.

TarheelBen on August 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

That surprises who?

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Only a loser would complain about “civil rights” at this point in time. Unfortunately there are a lot of losers that still do. But whining is easier than working so the losers keep crying for free stuff.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I’d love to know what Powell thinks of the black thug who shot a baby in the face because the child’s mother had no money when the thug tried robbing her.

That little white boy is dead; his mom had to bury her child.

What does Powell think of that?

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Only a loser would complain about “civil rights” at this point in time. Unfortunately there are a lot of losers that still do. But whining is easier than working so the losers keep crying for free stuff.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Most of them are white and of means. Sandbox socialists; limousine liberals.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Ok Cruz, don’t take any crap from Dana this am

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I’d love to know what Powell thinks of the black thug who shot a baby in the face because the child’s mother had no money when the thug tried robbing her.

That little white boy is dead; his mom had to bury her child.

What does Powell think of that?

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Wealth transfer payments and lowered standards based on color.

Not racist mind you.

Murphy9 on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

What does Powell think of that?

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Powell probably hasn’t been told what to think about that, yet.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The Civil Rights Movement died a long time ago. The Civil Rights Industry promptly took over and is evidently doing very well.

visions on August 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Powell probably hasn’t been told what to think about that, yet.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Good point.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

The Civil Rights Movement died a long time ago. The Civil Rights Industry promptly took over and is evidently doing very well.

visions on August 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Yes, now that it’s been hijacked by militant liberal homosexuals.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

cruz sat down with candy…hope he tells her to pound sand…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Worth reading: http://neoneocon.com/2013/08/24/the-butler-and-other-hollywood-propaganda/

The “important” point for the propagandists is to get the narrative (the Big Lie) firmly settled in the public’s consciousness. Oprah trots out her “racist” story just in time to promote a film and to reinforce the MLK anniversary rally.

The media talking heads will not cite contradictory facts about the history of the civil rights movement and the people who passed the legislation for a more equitable America since those facts fly in the face of a juicy narrative. (Chris Matthews must be creaming himself this weekend.)

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

cripe candy, let the man bloody talk…geez

it looks like they cut this video up alot…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

me thinks this will win the oscar next spring and so will oprah, whaddya think?

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

cripe candy, let the man bloody talk…geez

it looks like they cut this video up alot…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Liberals cannot let a Conservative speak. It would damage the narrative.

Liberals need a soapbox. They don’t want discussion.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:14 AM

you got that right…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Most of them are white and of means. Sandbox socialists; limousine liberals.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Or at least wish they were, like the faux Reverends Jackson and Sharpton.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

You’re stronger than I am. Or a masochist. I can watch those shows without wanting to shoot my TV.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

MLK’s dream is dead. Murdered by liberal special interests.

22044 on August 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

me thinks this will win the oscar next spring and so will oprah, whaddya think?

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Sure, the Lefties are knee-jerk in their opinions.

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Or at least wish they were, like the faux Reverends Jackson and Sharpton.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Never once have I heard of those ‘reverends’ preaching the Bible.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Never once have I heard of those ‘reverends’ preaching the Bible.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Bible? They’re in it for the collection plate.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Bible? They’re in it for the collection plate.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

I know. They’re no different from Father Divine, a Harlem ‘preacher’ of the 1930s who spent most of his time panhandling from the poor and getting married women into his bed.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

LBJ’s grand scheme.
“I’ll have those ni**#^s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

docflash on August 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

LBJ’s grand scheme.
“I’ll have those ni**#^s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

docflash on August 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Shhhh!

What are you trying to do with the truth — make liberal heads explode?

Then Ed will have to clean the carpets again.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Anyone surprised by this?
http://www.nationalreview.com/tweet

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Breaking Politics ✔@breakingpol

Sen. John McCain, Lindsey Graham call for limited military actions in Syria to change balance of power – statement via @NBCNews
Retweeted by Breaking News

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Breaking Politics ✔@breakingpol

Sen. John McCain, Lindsey Graham call for limited military actions in Syria to change balance of power – statement via @NBCNews
Retweeted by Breaking News

onlineanalyst on August 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Warmongering liberal Republicans.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

And the keyword is liberal.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Never once have I heard of those ‘reverends’ preaching the Bible.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Bible? They’re in it for the collection plate.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

….good one!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

had to flip off state of the union….cornell belcher really irks me…

cmsinaz on August 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

On This Week, talking about the 50th anniversary of MLK “Dream” speech, all George Will said was that in 1963 Moynihan wrote a report saying the black family is in crisis, with 24% of black children born to single mothers, and that the real problem is that today the number is three times that, or 72%. Good for him.

Paul-Cincy on August 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

LIke McCain has squandered any honor he earned by being a vet/POW, Lewis has squandered any honor he ever earned by being part of the civil rights effort.

He’s nothing but a worthless, racist, race-baiting, lying, narcissistic piece of shit politician, out for his own benefit, and if it harms anyone else or the country in the process, well, too f*cking bad.

Midas on August 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I’ve been reading the news this morning and can’t believe some of the comments made at yesterday’s “civil rights” rally. These people made a mockery of the man they were celebrating. I won’t say I was shocked but it is saddening that a group of people would remove themselves so far from reality because they want to be helpless victims. MLK would be disgusted if he witnessed yesterday, especially his own son, what a sorry sight,

Ellis on August 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Well, I tried to list my black slaves on Craig’s List, but I couldn’t. How was I to know that slavery was illegal? Apparently it has been illegal for at least a couple of months now.

Maybe more, even.

Wino on August 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Never once have I heard of those ‘reverends’ preaching the Bible.

Liam on August 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Bible? They’re in it for the collection plate.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

….good one!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Funny I hear people crap about the Catholics and their churches. In the last ten years I have seen the biggest churches you will typically ever see built in predominately black areas of Columbus. They’re almost palaces.

CW on August 25, 2013 at 10:10 AM

SHAME ON US ALL!

Shy Guy on August 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

President Obama has finally “evolved” to support voter-ID laws. That’s the good news. The bad news is, he’s talking about voter-ID in his father’s native Kenya.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/1/obamas-evolution-on-voter-id/#ixzz2czUlozlD
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

Tool.

CW on August 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

LIke McCain has squandered any honor he earned by being a vet/POW, Lewis has squandered any honor he ever earned by being part of the civil rights effort.

He’s nothing but a worthless, racist, race-baiting, lying, narcissistic piece of shit politician, out for his own benefit, and if it harms anyone else or the country in the process, well, too f*cking bad.

Midas on August 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

…you have the Midas Touch with that statement…he is just as senile as the senator!

KOOLAID2 on August 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Only a loser would complain about “civil rights” at this point in time. Unfortunately there are a lot of losers that still do. But whining is easier than working so the losers keep crying for free stuff.
Flange on August 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Well said.

bluegill on August 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

SHAME ON US ALL!

Shy Guy on August 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Representative James Clyburn (D-Md), the third-ranking Democrat in the House

.
Whoever wrote this needs to get his facts straight; Clyburn is from SC 6th CD.

ExpressoBold on August 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I saw a little bit of the march on C-Span yesterday. I don’t know if it was the size of the crowd or what but they sure seemed to need a lot of help from the Capital Police to keep moving.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Shy Guy on August 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Shame on us for being called a Nazi? Expand please.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Were the Capital Police openly armed with automatic weapons like they were when the 3 or 4,000 of us Tea Party types were demonstrating against the ACA?

Cleombrotus on August 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

How do we know what MLK, Jr. would think today? We don’t. People attributing emotions or places in our society to King and Reagan drive me crazy, it is almost always self serving. Scott Brown did it on O’Reilly the other night and I turned it off so fast….

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Nope they were armed only with bright green vests.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Color me surprised.

Cleombrotus on August 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Did I really need to add a “/sarc” notation?

Shy Guy on August 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

…most of the talk will revolve around yesterday’s march on the Mall in Washington to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech and the status of civil rights in America now. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), one of the last of the original activists of that period, only misses the full Ginsburg today because Fox News Sunday isn’t covering it at all — choosing instead to talk about Syria…

And good for FOX for that programming decision.

The whole “Hey, I’m Black” thing has gone on too long and is a terrible irritant in media. We get it, you’re Black, we aren’t, we get it.

From what I read, the MLK speeches were predictably delusional. The worst meme being ‘preached’ is that the OK murderers “weren’t racially motivated” and that Trayvon Martin is some sort of cultural saint now and “was not judged by the content of his character (but by the color of his skin)” meaning “White people are racists”.

I despair that most Blacks in the US today are retrogressing into their worst possible character.

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Wealth transfer payments and lowered standards based on color.

Not racist mind you.

Murphy9 on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

That’s it, in a nutshell, summarized. That’s it.

And THAT is what today’s Left and the Black race-baiters consider “civil rights” as to the ones they think they’re being denied.

Everything I read from the various speeches at the MLK rally was fraught with dishonesty and delusion, but I’m still reeling from the utter dishonesty, utter nuttery, of MLKIII’s statement to the public declaring the OK murders of Chris Lane to “not be racially motivated” — all that after the culprits plastered anti-white racist violent intent on the internet, bragging about mortal violence done against white people and urging more.

And making Trayvon Martin out to be some sort of “good kid” is absurdly dishonestly.

It’s like Blacks/the LeftBlacks, includes Colin Powell, Eric Holder, BO, MO, Oprah, etc., it’s like they either can’t perceive reality or they’re determined to lie about it to everyone else.

Oprah and her recent attack on the snooty store in Switzerland: what she can’t or won’t acknowledge is that ANYone of ANY race can walk into ANY store selling stupid purses for $38,000 and the salespeople won’t be warm and snugly and won’t be asking you to stay over and eat biscuits and syrup with them. Somehow all these Black race-baiters always make everything about them being Black and everyone else causing them as Blacks to be Black and unhappy.

I think if there’s any “cultural” aspect about the violence taking place among Blacks and by BLacks, it’s that there’s some shared mental illness in place among them that they can’t by themselves heal.

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Were the Capital Police openly armed with automatic weapons like they were when the 3 or 4,000 of us Tea Party types were demonstrating against the ACA?

Cleombrotus on August 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Remember the Tea Party grannies trying to sing “God Bless America” and DHS sending in a riot squad in full riot gear?

Oh, yeah, four grannies singing the National Anthem, a sure sign of violence, riiight.

But was there any riot gear and DHS squads with batons and such making a big visual presence at this DC thing for MLK? No, no there wasn’t.

But who is responsible for about 99.9 percent of riots in the US and about 85 percent of the crime? It’s not old white ladies singing at Tea Party groups in the parks, no, it’s Blacks.

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Shy Guy on August 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Sometimes I am slow, I was only on my second cup of coffee.

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

How to know if you are a racist: if you want to get a grip on the national debt, you must be a racist. If you oppose the new immigration proposals, you must be a racist. If you oppose out of control spending, you must be a racist. If you disagree with the president, you must be a racist. If you oppose the millions of new government regulations, you must be a racist. If you oppose Obamacare, you must be a racist. If you disagree with climate change, you must be a racist. If you want new or full time jobs, you must be a racist. If you disagree with foreign policy or Muslims, you must be a racist. Did I miss anything?

mobydutch on August 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Did I miss anything?

mobydutch on August 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

If you make judgments based on skin color, like the progressives do, then you’re not a racist.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Looking back? C’mon, Ed. Those people aren’t “looking back”. They are still stuck in that time warp.

SouthernGent on August 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

A thread about MLK (somewhat) and libby isn’t here? Heh.

22044 on August 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

A thread about MLK (somewhat) and libby isn’t here? Heh.

22044 on August 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Well, those “speeches” yesterday weren’t much for libfree to defend. As Steven Hayward wrote yesterday at Power Line:

I can’t bear to take in the speeches being offered today in commemoration of Martin Luther King’s famous March on Washington speech that took place 50 years ago this week. A note from Ken Masugi this morning observes that most of the speeches are partisan drivel and Obama cheerleading, a sign of the appalling decay of the so-called civil rights movement today.

Later in his piece, Hayward quotes MLK himself:

Let us consider a more concrete example of just and unjust laws. An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.

Hayward sez:

Try reading this today to a roomful of liberals, and watch them squirm.

P.S. Yes, this last bit about a law that “a majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself” is indeed an ironic commentary on how Obama has exempted Congress from the terms of Obamacare. Yup. King the conservative shows up again.

Del Dolemonte on August 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The medal is for what he was, not what he is.

Standard in a world where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded for what you might be, not what you are.

unclesmrgol on August 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

A thread about MLK (somewhat) and libby isn’t here? Heh.

22044 on August 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

She’s in another thread, trying to blame Reagan for 0bamaphones. I guess her bathroom mirror self portrait came out blurry.

CurtZHP on August 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Regarding the thread photo:

It’s a trap!

princetrumpet on August 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Regarding the thread photo:

It’s a trap!

princetrumpet on August 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Funny, but I bet he’s more allah akbar than Admiral Ackbar.

Flange on August 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Cindy Munford on August 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Good sarc never necessitates a tag.

Shy Guy is one of the briefest best at the art.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The “dream” has become a nightmare!
America tried; to defer, fund trillions , bow and scrape, go to the back of the line, accept incompetence, affirmative action, set-asides, low IQ and ability, racism, criminality, hyper-sexuality, ruination of schools, lowering of culture etc. Turns out that all of that so-called prejudice is, in fact, true! It will never be solved unless honestly evaluated and openly dealt with. Obama has set back civil rights more than 50 years. Non- blacks won’t show up in these crowds for fear of being brutalized or killed! MLk is meaningless to this crowd!

Marco on August 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Remember the Tea Party grannies trying to sing “God Bless America” and DHS sending in a riot squad in full riot gear?

Oh, yeah, four grannies singing the National Anthem, a sure sign of violence, riiight.

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Point of order: “God Bless America” is not the National Anthem.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Point of order: “God Bless America” is not the National Anthem.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I didn’t say that it was.

I said, the grannies were singing “God Bless America,” then I added, with sarcasm, that, oh, yeah, grannies singing the National Anthem posed a real trrst threat.

Here it is again:

Remember the Tea Party grannies trying to sing “God Bless America” and DHS sending in a riot squad in full riot gear?

Oh, yeah, four grannies singing the National Anthem, a sure sign of violence, riiight.

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Lourdes on August 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Blacks in America are destined for never ending futility with the current bunch of spokesman and caretakers in charge of their futures. Sad when the very folks that should care, care less about the people and more about their feathered nests.

crosshugger on August 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The “I have a dream” speech made my Martin Luther King Jr, fifty years ago resonated because it had one, shining, moral imperative in it.

People should be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Yet, today, fifty years later, Jackson, Sharpton, and entities like the Congressional Black Caucus, and president Obama, seek to garner preferential treatment for blacks, and black entities like colleges and universities that are ‘historically black’, based entirely and solely on race. Grievance mongering in order to generate political capital and revenue runs rife and rampant. Dividing the nation, based on color of one’s skin, rather than the content of one’s character.

No one, not one individual, who spoke at the ceremony on the mall yesterday chose to emphasize that the only viable means to judge a person is by the content of their character. Instead, there were demands that ‘the job be finished’.. .meaning that there be no ‘pockets of poverty’ that included black people, that there should be no black person who does without a college education…etc. I heard speaker after speaker deliberately separating out the black community based solely on the color of their skin, rather than the content of the individual’s character.

How disappointed Martin Luther King, Jr. must be.

thatsafactjack on August 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Tour de Force by Ed — actually going to the effort of cutting and pasting the Sunday lineup all by himself, instead of phoning it in from Politico’s offices. Nice.

As for Goebbel’s Grandees, let’s have a gander:

ABC’s This Week
- Lefty propagandist in person
- Con
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib

Impressive show of nearly uniform leftism.

CBS’ Face The Nation
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib
- Lib

Flush!

CNN’s State of the Union:
- Lib
- Con!
- Kook Lib
- Con!
- roundatble of mixed nuts, mostly liberal, but not the usual suspects

Not bad, with two actual conservatives to break the usual center-left unanimity.

Fox News Sunday:
- Lib
- Lib R
- Con
- Unknown
- White centrist R
- White centrist D
- Black Con!
- Black Lib

And now, for something completely different! Fox mixing it up.

NBC’s Meet the Press:
- Lewis the black-kook-left-race victim 4 for 5
- Lib
- Con
- Con
- Lib
- Lib Charlatan scumbag
- Lib
- Lib

Here’s a good example of NBC doing their very best to include all voice — 7 kooky liberals and 2 conservatives. A D for best efforts.

Summary: If there is any revelation over a couple years of trying to score this Sunday morning abortion every week, it is Fox News. Not only are they not what the left thinks they are, Fox News is so much more diverse of opinion than any of the left-centric networks that it should embarrass them.

Clearly it does not.

Jaibones on August 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Looking back? C’mon, Ed. Those people aren’t “looking back”. They are still stuck in that time warp.

SouthernGent on August 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

So true, SG.

Nutty buffoon John Lewis doing his “once more before I die” / desperate bid for relevance. Sharpton looking for any way to get someone to fly him First Class so he can pretend to be human. A cast of politics-only liberals looking for anything black to talk about other than Obamacare and the latest black murderer.

As for MLK, 50 years gives us either:

- he was a Sharpton-Jackson-Lewis-like race charlatan, just looking for Whitey to cover airfare for his get-rich schemes and whoring expeditions, or

- he is now spinning in his grave as liberals ignore every single thing he ever said and turn his “I have a dream” speech utterly inside out, where skin color is the only thing that matters.

King’s speech was an astonishing, exhilarating thing of rhetorical beauty. It is deeply depressing to me to know what a waste of breath it was.

Jaibones on August 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I could have missed it, but I heard no one mention the Oklahoma murders or the murder of the 80 year old vet in Spokane, Washington. If these “leaders” don’t see that as a major problem for them, they’re in a massive time warp.

I don’t know why they feel that blindly following the Democrats is going to move them forward. The Democrats would much rather have the issues than solutions, and that includes civil rights solutions. THey’re really running out of scapegoats.

bflat879 on August 25, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Colin Powell, America’s favorite crypto-Democrat, was asked about the Zimmerman verdict this morning and called it “questionable”.

Interestingly enough, Powell was asked back in 1995 what his reaction was to the O.J. Simpson verdict. On that his attitude was slightly different. He said the jury had made their decision and that O.J. was “innocent”.

Further evidence that Colin Powell is a phony and a hack.

Reggie1971 on August 25, 2013 at 4:47 PM

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