My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


Curious Headlines

The WaPo website--and, I presume, tomorrow's paper--carry these headlines regarding the Coretta Scott King funeral.

--With Tribute To King, Bush Reaches Out

--Coretta Scott King's Legacy Celebrated in Final Farewell

The first article even goes so far to note as subheading "NAACP Chief Praises President for Appearance."

Buried in the ninth paragraph of that same article is the by now well-known fact that the Left--as only the Left can do--turned a solemn occasion into a political one.

Former president Jimmy Carter, who has been critical of Bush's warrantless eavesdropping program, pointed out that King and her husband, the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., were targets of a "secret government surveillance" at the height of the civil rights movement.

"The struggle for equality is not over," Carter said. "We only have to recall the color of the faces in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi -- those most devastated by Katrina -- to know there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans."

My political consciousness was just starting to awaken in 1979-80, and so my first impressions of America as a political beast were of a country shamed by its own ineptness, tripping under the weight of its own near-socialist economic policies, and a hapless player on the international stage. And much of that impression centered on the person of Jimmy Carter.

And so, it would seem to me, the suddenly re-ascendant Democratic persona of Jimmy Carter is, at best, a very bad portent for the county.

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