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Friday, February 10, 2006

When Crass Is Not Called For

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-brooks10feb10,0,4523174.story?track=tothtml

In Ms. Brooks op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, "When Crass is called for" (see above link), she reiterates President Bush's words that "even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone." I'm wondering when it became okay to have such debates during a memorial service.

She also asks "How can it be inappropriate to allude to the terrible costs of the war in Iraq, the misinformation that led to that war, the neglect of this nation's poor or this administration's illegal secret surveillance?"

My simple answer would be that denigrating the President of the United States who came to pay his final respects to a great American humanitarian, Coretta Scott King, during her memorial service is inappropriate.

And how did the choice between a civil tone or civil rights enter into this picture? Surely Ms. Brooks would agree that the late Coretta Scott King would have appreciated a civil tone at her own funeral.

A final question must be asked regarding liberal leaders in America today, a question that is quite familiar to them as they tend to flout it whenever invoking charges of "McCarthy-ism", seemingly at the drop of a coin. It is the question asked by the Secretary of the Army, Robert T. Stevens, in 1953, to Senator Joe McCarthy: "You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

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