Unless you live under a really big rock that doesn’t have cable, you know that this week during an impromptu Fox News interview, Hillary told a reporter that:
“Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done.”
Now, this morning CNN is reporting that Hillary and Bill are in full damage control mode, doing the news show rounds, and accusing the Obama campaign of “distorting” her words regarding Dr. King. As if we’ve all been inflicted with some sort of collective brain disorder that renders us incapable of hearing and comprehending on our own. Sheesh.
I hate to be the one to break it to Hillary, but there is no going back on this one, and African Americans around this country are correct to be incensed. What she said was not taken out of context, it was not misinterpreted, and none of us have heard incorrectly. Hillary Clinton thinks that Martin Luther King Jr’s efforts during the Civil Rights movement were just “a dream”, and that it took Lyndon B. Johnson, a politician, to swoop in and make his and the dreams of millions of socially, financially and physically abused Black Americans a reality. Wow.
What a terrible mis-step. Even I, someone who is no fan of Hillary Clinton, and who really just wants the Clintons to fade into history, don’t really believe that she really believes that Martin Luther King Jr. had no substantive part in the Civil Rights Movement. Only an idiot would believe that, and Hillary’s no idiot. But are we distorting her words? Heck no. She said what she said when she said it, and now she must be made to pay the political piper. Hillary Clinton has proven yet AGAIN, that in the heat of the moment, when her back is against the wall, she’ll say and do anything to try to portray herself in the proper light. So in trying once again to do so, whether she meant to or not, she dismissed the historical importance of the man who without argument was the catalyst, visionary, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement in this country.
It’s mind-boggling. What Hillary said to that reporter makes her seem like someone who just doesn’t understand the power of a movement. That’s the real problem. At a minimum, in stating that Lyndon Johnson was really behind the change that occurred during those perilous years, she once again has shown that she just doesn’t understand what any of us means when we talk about real change. And at worse, if she really DOES believe what she said that day, then she really is the soul-less being people portray her as, and so entrenched in the Washington political machine, that unlike another famous ‘matrix’, the biggest red pill in the world won’t snap her back to reality.
If Rosa Parks had never stayed seated on that bus that day, if Reverend King had never inspired the masses to protest the injustices of that time, if Malcolm X had never stood up to say that we will achieve our freedom in this nation “by any means necessary”, if all the other fighters, the ordinary people of that time had not organized, marched, chanted, listened, rallied, and worked tirelessly to change hearts and minds – President Johnson would never have been moved to act. Period. Get it now, Hillary? Lyndon Johnson may have put his blessing on the law with the stroke of a pen that finally legally validated what so many people fought and died for (including of course Dr. King), but it was the architect of that movement, and the many everyday citizens who would not take no for an answer that made it happen.
Now – enough of Billary. I want you to dare to dream with me for a moment. Imagine if you will that the architect of the new dream of a truly United States, actually was the President. Imagine what it would be like if the man who was challenging the nation to think of what we could one day be, unified, together, working to tackle our nation’s problems as a collective rather than as a group of labels actually occupied the Oval Office. Imagine if he had not only taught us that the dream possible, but was actually in a position to make that dream a reality.
In Senator Barack Obama, we’re going to have both an inspirational leader and a courageous chief executive, and that my friends is what this nation both wants and needs. We want to be inspired; we want a moral leader, someone who can step up on the world stage with courage, free of scandal, political baggage, and the shackles of a history of self-aggrandizement, ready to say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done to solve the nation’s and the world’s problems.
So let Hillary and Bill waste their time with their endless political rants. We know that we have so much more to look forward to in Senator Obama. Unlike the Clintons, Senator Obama is not the least bit interested in twisting or distorting anything in the hopes of getting the desired reaction for the moment. And that’s why he will be the Democratic nominee, and the next President of the United States.
One more thing – any African American that votes for Hillary Clinton after this doesn’t deserve to benefit from all that Dr. King and our forefathers fought so hard to give us. Pass this one along.