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Coretta Scott King's Funeral...a "Class Act"?
Townhall.com ^ | 2/9/2006 | Matt Towery

Posted on 02/09/2006 7:04:39 AM PST by dson7_ck1249

In some form or fashion, I have known the players in what I am about to describe as a series of regrettable moments at the funeral of Coretta Scott King.

The one I know least, President George W. Bush, won both my sympathy and respect for gallantly enduring the slings and arrows pointed directly at him during what should have been a celebration of a great woman, but instead turned into a political rally

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I thought it was particularly unsettling that on an occassion to honor the life of someone who fought for a noble cause, that it would turn into a mudslinging contest. Well...that may be overstating it, but still, I thought it showed a lack of class on the parts of the individuals who thought it was a good opportunity to slander a sitting President while we are at war. Just goes to show that liberals will use anything for a political gain...is there nothing sacred for them anymore?
1 posted on 02/09/2006 7:04:41 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: dson7_ck1249
It was a "class act" all right, a LOW CLASS act!
2 posted on 02/09/2006 7:05:56 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: dson7_ck1249

this is silly - all this attention just for sitting at the front of a bus....


3 posted on 02/09/2006 7:07:55 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: TommyDale

How about "Low Class Acts, Featuring a Bunch of the Lowest of the Class Clowns."


4 posted on 02/09/2006 7:11:22 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: InsureAmerica

well...that was Rosa Parks...
but I do think you have a valid point to say that there is a rather inordinate amount of hubbub surrounding any and all civil rights leaders, when they're certainly not the only ones worthy of veneration. And while I respect Mrs. King for her life of commitment to a cause that her husband really catalyzed...I do kind of have a problem with her getting the same kind of formalities (lying in state) that President Reagan got when he passed.


5 posted on 02/09/2006 7:12:23 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: InsureAmerica

Wrong person. That was Rosa Parks. And your weak attempt to diminish what was a brave stand by her shows your true character. You might have a career speaking at Republican funerals and memorial services.


6 posted on 02/09/2006 7:12:55 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: zerosix
How about "Low Class Acts, Featuring a Bunch of the Lowest of the Class Clowns."

"@ss clowns" is more like it.
7 posted on 02/09/2006 7:13:45 AM PST by RedCell
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To: dson7_ck1249

Funny. I don't remember any potshots at Slick Willie during President Reagan's funeral.

}:-)4


8 posted on 02/09/2006 7:16:04 AM PST by Moose4 ("I will shoulder my musket and brandish my sword/In defense of this land and the word of the Lord")
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To: dson7_ck1249

As El Rushbo pointed out, Bush was the only one with class.


9 posted on 02/09/2006 7:16:29 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: Miss Marple; Howlin; Southack; PhiKapMom; ohioWfan; Landry Fan; PleaDeal; Justanobody; BillF; ...
..[f]ollowing Lowery's comments, George HW Bush helped dispel the tension by jokingly saying that his friend Joe Lowery almost always won the war of words when the two men had discussions during Lowery's visits to the White House.

What an absolute class act. Only someone with the true human warmth and dignity of President Bush's father could have reacted to such political savagery in such a disarming manner.

And then there is the president. When Lowery concluded his eulogy, President George W. Bush stood and embraced his verbal assailant. In my mind, at that moment, Bush rose to a new level of greatness...


Dubya's ability to turn the other cheek at times drives me nuts and at times impresses the heck out of me. This is one of those times where his ability to rise above the stench helped maintain what was supposed to be a dignified memorial service.

And I did not realize until this article that former President Bush had the horrible task of following that hate-filled, petty preacher.

Mrs. King deserved better than the crap shown at her funeral service.

10 posted on 02/09/2006 7:17:00 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: dson7_ck1249
Having looked at the video clips, especially the shots of the crowd, I noticed that less then half of them seemed to be in agreement with the words spoken, or at least they had the dignity of the occasion in mind by remaining seated and still. I think that it would be interesting to hear from some of them, instead of the low class fools who stood and cheered.
11 posted on 02/09/2006 7:17:35 AM PST by Michael.SF. (Things turn out best, for who make the best of the way things turn out.--- Jack Buck (RIP))
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To: TommyDale

yup ,and, did'cha notice that Bar wasn't with "41" ??

... if Bar had been there , she would've given some folks "a piece of her mind"

... sotto voce , of course


12 posted on 02/09/2006 7:19:14 AM PST by Dad yer funny
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To: Coop; dson7_ck1249

Yes, yes, everyone, I know exactly who it was. Just a bit of humor for the humourless who are being outed here (at least Coop was respectful)

I'm glad my true character has been shown. Easy to determine this by reading about 10 words in a post and knowing absolutely positively nothing at all else about the person. Now THERE is a show of true character...


13 posted on 02/09/2006 7:19:14 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: InsureAmerica
Easy to determine this by reading about 10 words in a post

You mean like you did to Coretta Sc... er, Rosa Parks?

14 posted on 02/09/2006 7:20:57 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop; dson7_ck1249

OOPS, meant to say at least dson7_ck1249 was respectful, nix the Coop comment please.


15 posted on 02/09/2006 7:21:59 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: Coop

You'll never get it, so why bother?


16 posted on 02/09/2006 7:24:05 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: InsureAmerica
And you're able to recognize "respectful" because...?

Perhaps you've read about it? Or heard about it? You certainly didn't exhibit it here, but of course that doesn't stop your weak attempts to worry about my level of or lack of respect.

17 posted on 02/09/2006 7:24:12 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: dson7_ck1249
It's worth repeating the article's ending:

".... So allow me instead to change tacks by praising a father and son. Following Lowery's comments, George HW Bush helped dispel the tension by jokingly saying that his friend Joe Lowery almost always won the war of words when the two men had discussions during Lowery's visits to the White House.

What an absolute class act. Only someone with the true human warmth and dignity of President Bush's father could have reacted to such political savagery in such a disarming manner.

And then there is the president. When Lowery concluded his eulogy, President George W. Bush stood and embraced his verbal assailant. In my mind, at that moment, Bush rose to a new level of greatness.

I have not been wild about his profligate spending, his Medicare drug giveaway, or some of his other policies that I believe have steered the Republican Party off the Ronald Reagan-engineered road that led to GOP renewal and power in the 1980s and 1990s.

But I now better understand why he continues the fight in Iraq, despite the war's drag on his popularity. I better comprehend why he pushes issues often after the public has rejected them, most notably Social Security reform.

It's because he has genuine strength, fortitude and conviction. He possesses the ability to take punches and come up off the deck again and again.

In the church on the day of Mrs. King's funeral, I saw dignity from four fine children who had lost their mother.

I also saw it from a father and a son. They happened to be named Bush."

19 posted on 02/09/2006 7:24:47 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: dson7_ck1249

Thank goodness that the contest was between the low class Dem's.


20 posted on 02/09/2006 7:25:12 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Coop
Mrs. King deserved better than the crap shown at her funeral service

Correct me if I am on the wrong track here, but just what as her focus been since 1968? Then, Mr. King was a respected man of the cloth who stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement, a man who earned respect, not because of his death, but because of his life.

Mrs. King? She died a multimillionaire, one who it seems was more interested in profiting from her husbands words then carrying on his cause. She was treated as royalty in Atlanta, including armed guards and limos paid for by the city.

I am not so certain that the adulations bestowed upon her are a result of her efforts as much as they are the result of a collective guilt.

21 posted on 02/09/2006 7:25:59 AM PST by Michael.SF. (Things turn out best, for who make the best of the way things turn out.--- Jack Buck (RIP))
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To: Coop

""And you're able to recognize "respectful" because...?
Perhaps you've read about it? Or heard about it? You certainly didn't exhibit it here, but of course that doesn't stop your weak attempts to worry about my level of or lack of respect."

ok everyone. Coops favorite line always has the word(s) 'weak' and/or 'weak attempts' in it. Weak this, weak that. interesting.

If someone calls me a pig, that is probably disrespectful. If someone calls me sir, that is probably respectful. get it now? I am able to recognize it.

Poka


22 posted on 02/09/2006 7:28:02 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: InsureAmerica

Weak comeback.


23 posted on 02/09/2006 7:30:52 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

weak attempt at a comeback would be more fitting


24 posted on 02/09/2006 7:32:09 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: Stand Watch Listen; Coop
Thanks for posting the end of the article, Stand (the link isn't working for me).

And thanks for the ping to a great article, Coop.

I am praying that this despicable behavior of the left, and the incredible grace, poise and dignity of our President and his father, will at least make some folks start to rethink their views on both.

No one could miss the contrast. And no one could miss who had the class.

25 posted on 02/09/2006 7:32:22 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: InsureAmerica
this is silly - all this attention just for sitting at the front of a bus....

Ummmmmm..........this isn't even close to being funny.

I'd back off if I were you, because the only one who looks 'silly' here is you.

26 posted on 02/09/2006 7:34:22 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: InsureAmerica

Martin Luther led marches and sit-ins -- Rosa Parks took a stand on riding in the back of the bus. Huge difference -- shame you don't know your history.


27 posted on 02/09/2006 7:34:28 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Throw out OK's Governor DoLittle in 2006! Allen in 2008!)
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To: Egberto

Reagan WAS on the of the greatest Presidents of this country. The fact that I don't think Coretta Scott King should have been treated on the same level as him makes me an idiot and block-headed scoundrel?
Please, enlighten me, you didn't say enough for me to really know what you were getting at.


28 posted on 02/09/2006 7:34:46 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: zerosix
They should name their act "The Aristocrats"


(sorta an inside joke....)

29 posted on 02/09/2006 7:36:01 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Meep Meep)
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To: InsureAmerica

Your sarcasm outed you more than anything. This is not a situation for humor but then you knew that already. Took over six months, but you couldn't resist. Gotta love it!


30 posted on 02/09/2006 7:36:40 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Throw out OK's Governor DoLittle in 2006! Allen in 2008!)
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To: PhiKapMom

shame you knee-jerk react so much, and shame you don't know your history at all.


31 posted on 02/09/2006 7:38:15 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: dson7_ck1249
I watched Coretta King funeral aka "Wellstone Reloaded" on C-SPAN and was amazed at what I saw. The woman was lying in her casket, right in front of the speakers and they mostly ignored that.

I don't believe for a second that some of the speakers really knew the woman personally. I didn't watch the whole thing but I watched a lot of it and didn't see a tear shed by anyone.

The Lowrey fellow is a low-life poverty pimp in my view. Yea, I know his history but he proved what he's really all about. Just another guy that happens to have a certain color of skin and a big mouth that has won the "black leader lottery". He has no real job.

As far as Jimmah Carter? He's was the worst president in modern history. Jimmah was on the payroll for 4 years and he's turned that in to millions of dollars. He's another guy with no real job. He just wiggles his eyebrows and the left pours money in to Carter's nonprofit. The fact that Carter compared the tracking of international calls from moselm bad guys to wirtapping of MLK is just daft! MLK and Osama Bin Laden being compared? That's a slap at MLK's family. MLK pushed a non-violent agenda and Osama is a crazed maniac who wants to kill people.

I guess we can wait to see who next on the left kicks the bucket next and wait for "Welstone III".

32 posted on 02/09/2006 7:39:59 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Jack Bauer: "By the time I'm finished with you you're going to wish you felt this good again".)
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To: dson7_ck1249
IMHO most people have the wrong perspective on the grumbling and snide remarks toward "W" at the King funeral.

Mrs. King was a harsh critic of the Bush Administration, nearly all the people present were harsh critics of the Bush administration.

IMHO, Bush "Bearded the lions in their den" and came out with barely a few growls from them.

Instead of concentrating on their bad taste we should appreciate Bush's classy behavior.
33 posted on 02/09/2006 7:40:10 AM PST by oldbrowser (We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow......R.R)
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To: Coop
I agree that the attempt to diminish the stand taken by Rosa Parks was less than honorable, but I think you went over the edge with your statement:

You might have a career speaking at Republican funerals and memorial services.

I have seen no evidence of Republicans turning funerals into bash-the-deceased amateur mike nights, whereas there is a lot of evidence that the Dems see funerals as "free shot at the republicans" events.

Basically, it is the difference between what Presidents Bush and even President Clinton did - they honored the lady being memorialized. Clinton did so more self-servingly, but he still talked about her without slinging mud at Dubya.

Coretta Scott King was, by all accounts, a gracious lady. It's a pity she could not have been remembered in a more gracious manner by her supposed firends/allies.

34 posted on 02/09/2006 7:40:15 AM PST by MortMan (Trains stop at train stations. On my desk is a workstation...)
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To: Coop

Do believe there is a troll on here -- comments don't match the thread and it is looking to pick a fight. Second one of the morning and I haven't been on here very long. Unbelieveable.


35 posted on 02/09/2006 7:40:42 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Throw out OK's Governor DoLittle in 2006! Allen in 2008!)
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To: ohioWfan

Actually I am not planning on backing off from anything, it is silly, hilarious as a matter of fact and the silliest person here appears to be you, making such a comment after reading 4 or so posts. Shame on you you silly person.


36 posted on 02/09/2006 7:40:49 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: InsureAmerica

Intended to be funny, I'm sure, yet.... not even close. :]


37 posted on 02/09/2006 7:41:39 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: ohioWfan

and I forgot the requisite snoot-in-the-air
Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm................


38 posted on 02/09/2006 7:42:09 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: dson7_ck1249

It was a "Class" act alright, minus the "Cl".

Bush shouldn't have attended. The presence of that screwball Carter and the radicalization of many Black clergy should have been a tip-off as to what to expect.

He should have sent a wreath instead - a very small cheap one.

By the way, why the heck do these d@mn "churches" get away with tax-free status when they continue to use their pulpits as political sounding boards???!!!


39 posted on 02/09/2006 7:43:30 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: PhiKapMom

whenever one deosn't make any headway with logic, etc, the old 'there's a troll on here' statement appears. I won't even go there with you on that one unless you'd like to push it...


40 posted on 02/09/2006 7:45:02 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: InsureAmerica
Actually I am not planning on backing off from anything, it is silly, hilarious as a matter of fact and the silliest person here appears to be you, making such a comment after reading 4 or so posts. Shame on you you silly person.

In light of this erudite and cogent post, I acquiesce to your mental and moral superiority.

Carry on.

41 posted on 02/09/2006 7:47:00 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: dson7_ck1249
I have been "lurking" on Free Republic for some time and registered about a month ago, but have never posted. This seemed like the post to start with! Last night at church, our text and sermon was on this very thing - turning the other cheek, praying for and loving our enemies and those who persecute us. During the service, I thought so much about President Bush and the way that he personifies this. I think his faith is so deeply ingrained and his belief so much the central part of his life, that he does this without even thinking. He is a good, decent, Christian man, a man of conviction and strength and will always show Christian love for his fellow man, no matter how he is treated. The Bible asks us what good is it if we only love those who agree with us - we must love those who disagree and persecute us. George W. Bush is the embodiment of this quality and I am humbled by the way he lives his faith.
42 posted on 02/09/2006 7:47:54 AM PST by the rightgirl
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To: dson7_ck1249

So, what do you do when a good thread goes bad?
http://www.acdcrocks.com


43 posted on 02/09/2006 7:48:27 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: Moose4

"I don't remember any potshots at Slick Willie during President Reagan's funeral. "

There was one potshot taken but it was, of course, towards President Bush by Ron Reagan. Amazing to me how little he is like his father and how much Michael is.


44 posted on 02/09/2006 7:48:33 AM PST by imskylark
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To: Michael.SF.

right on.


45 posted on 02/09/2006 7:48:44 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: ZULU
Bush shouldn't have attended? He is the President!

And this was a funeral. Why should he not attend because of the idiocy and inappropriate behavior of others.

HE belonged there. Jimmy Carter did not.

46 posted on 02/09/2006 7:49:05 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: dson7_ck1249

47 posted on 02/09/2006 7:49:46 AM PST by cartoonistx
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To: PhiKapMom

but I thought Martin Luther posted some theses or something on a church door somewhere.... You're right, gotta go back to class. My heritage, by the way, can be traced back to him, for whatever that may be worth to you. (not Jr. of course)


48 posted on 02/09/2006 7:51:15 AM PST by InsureAmerica (Evil? I have many words for it. We are as dust, to them. - v v putin)
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To: ZULU

the ironic thing is...Bush didn't attend Rosa Parks funeral and he was given so much crap. And now he attends a civil rights icon's funeral and it's used as an opportunity to attack him. What utter hypocrisy...
It is certainly a tragic and unfortunate reality that many churches shirk their pastoral, Christian duties and instead resort to political pandering...and for what? The church is no place for political maneuvering just as much as the government is no place for church matters to be preached.


49 posted on 02/09/2006 7:51:44 AM PST by dson7_ck1249
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To: the rightgirl

Welcome to FR!


50 posted on 02/09/2006 7:51:46 AM PST by The Phantom FReeper (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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