Friday, November 04, 2005

Let the lies begin (or continue?)

Bill Clinton, "the first black president," gave a most self-indulgent speech Tuesday and couldn't have picked a more respectful venue in which to do it: Rosa Parks' funeral. The most striking moment occured when Clinton, to roaring applause announced that he and two childhood friends had taken cues from Rosa Parks and moved to the back of the bus:

I remember, as if it were yesterday, that fateful day 50 years ago. I was a 9-year-old southern white boy who rode a segregated bus every single day of my life. I sat in the front. Black folk sat in the back.
When Rosa showed us that black folks didn't have to sit in the back anymore, two of my friends and I, who strongly approved of what she had done, decided we didn't have to sit in the front anymore.


It was just a tiny gesture by three ordinary kids. But that tiny gesture was repeated over and over again millions and millions of times in the hearts and minds of children, their parents, their grandparents, their great grandparents, proving that she did help to set us all free.
It was as if he was back on the campaign trail, soaking up the love and support gushing from the crowd, the crowd that wishes he was in his fourth term. This is all well and good, but here's where the fun starts...

Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, of course, couldn't resist a good crack at Clinton. But the best part was when Hannity and his henchmen decided it was time to start fact-checking the dirty liar. And we all know that Clinton is a LIAR LIAR LIAR, ALL HE DOES IS LIE!!!!!!!

Hannity claimed that Clinton was caught in a cold hard lie. He said Clinton claims to have ridden a segregated school bus at the time of Rosa Parks' act of civil disobedience (1955). Hannity chided Clinton because Clinton's hometown at the time, Hot Springs, still had segregated public schools. AHA!!! Slick Willy, there's no way you rode on a school bus with black kids! And the truth is, he's probably right. Clinton didn't ride on a school bus. He went to St. John's Catholic School starting in 1953. I don't know too many Catholic schools with their own buses, so I wonder what kind of bus Clinton was taking to school every day... Just maybe a public, segregated bus...

This is of course a very small example of what we hear every day coming from the right's propagandists. It is my goal with this blog to out these characters whenever possible. Don't think I'm in it as a political hack. Democrats are guilty too, there just happens to be a hell of a lot more Conservatives out there screaming there heads off. So if you're going to do a liberal to conservative story ratio here, let it be known that your stats will be loaded. Liberals don't have enough air time or ink to catch up with these guys. Scream on, my friends.

clinton was the best president, ever
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