Sunday, August 29, 2010

Thanks, Idiot, Now Go Be Snarky Somewhere Else (And Check Your Facts)

That annoying squeaky voice. That smug self-satisfied delivery. That errant speech pattern. The complete disconnection from the truth. No, I'm not talking about Glenn Beck, but Sarah Palin who said at the "Restoring Honor" rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, activists must honor King's legacy by paying tribute to the men and women who protect America in uniform.
Huh? That don't make no sense!
You see, Dr. King opposed the Viet Nam War, as well as imperialistic US military action that diverted money and attention from domestic programs created to aid the poor blacks. Civil rights and antiwar are King's true legacy, not the celebration of the neocons imperialistic aim to inflict US based global hegemony.
In fact, it was that opposition to capitalism that led to his assassination by a conspiracy that included agencies of the US government. But Palin would never read that in the history books of the corporate idiocracy. Those tell us Dr. King was a great man, without detailing too much what he was really about, since economic, social and racial equality makes some people nervous.
And since were on the subject, how are our 'men and women who protect America in uniform' (shouldn't that be 'our men and women in uniform who protect America'?) restoring honor to our country? Neither the 34,000 civilians deaths inAfghanistan nor the 1,366,350 civilian deaths in Iraq were any sort of threat to our country. And their deaths have done nothing to 'restore America's honor', in fact, it's just the opposite. And how are they any different than the 'honor killings' alleged to by professional Islamophobe Pamela Geller?
Restoring America's Honor and honoring Dr. King's legacy would be easy. All it would take is a slight shift in our foreign policy. But getting a couple of thousand television watchers off their couch is a good start.


Tom Harper said...

I did a post several years ago on MLK. In my research, I found out for the first time that there were conspiracy theories behind his assassination. It makes sense; I just hadn't thought of it before.

One of the most suspicious things I read was that James Earl Ray was just a small-time criminal who had no gun convictions and had no known skill with firearms. I don't remember what else I read, but the official MLK assassination story was about as credible as the official JFK assassination story or the 9/11 official story.

Dave Dubya said...

Sarah is right. We need to protect America's uniforms from death panels. Othrwise Real Americans may have their guns and Bibles taken away from them. If the Twit of the Tundra speaks, we must listen and give her words their due respect.

JesusFetusFajitaFishsticks said...

I watched that entire "restoring honor" farce. I really don't know how to feel about Glenn Beck pretending to give two shits what MLK did. On one hand, at least he's pointing at someone who is a better example than than david barton. lol.. but then again... they are completely rewriting history. I really do think MLK would have been on Glenn Beck's chalk board.(see also: McCarthyism)
Another comment I heard on this made me almost choke to death laughing... One of the writers from "crooksandliars" said that they kept saying that the next George Washington was going to come from this crowd... but upon further inspection... It looked to me like maybe the next Timothy Mcveigh would be more likely.

libhom said...

When racists try to co opt civil rights leaders, I get nauseated.