On the third day of the convention the Democrat Party in its never-ending quest to portray itself as the party of multiculturalism, diversity and tolerance, trotted out Al Sharpton, one of it’s more infamous standard bearers, to whip the ever-adoring lemmings into a frenzy. The atmosphere was more reminiscent of a Sunday service in a black church than a political convention, whose primary purpose is to nominate two straight, white, rich guys to head their ‘all-inclusive’ ticket. Reverend Al, race baiter and anti-Semite, didn’t disappoint the faithful masses, who hung on his every word.
Behind the style, on the other hand, was no substance. Behind the stylin’, there was only lyin’. Behind the show, it was only "no-go." This man of Tawana Brawley, Steven Pagones, Yankel Rosenbaum and Freddy’s Fashion Mart infamy, harangued the audience with a sermon that was packed with exaggerations, distortions, amusing faux paxs and embellishments and good old fashioned lies:
Rev. Al: "Last Friday I had the experience in Detroit of hearing President George Bush make a speech and in this speech, he ‘axed’ certain questions…"
Comment: The word is "asked" Reverend, not "axed," and you know better. This is ghetto-speak, which a lot of us used to use growing up in the concrete and brick NYC neighborhoods, because it gave you ‘street-cred’ and was "ebonically-hip." One would think that a purported leader of the rainbow party might have outgrown this already.
Rev Al: "We are here 282 years, after right here in Boston we fought to establish the freedoms of America."
Comment: For the non-dyslexic, fact-seeking crowd, that would be 228 years not 282.
Rev Al: "The first person to die in the Revolutionary War is buried not far from here; a black man from Barbados, named Crispus Attucks.
Comment: Partially true. Most documents describe his ancestry as African and American Indian. His father was thought to have been a slave and his mother was a Natick Indian. What the good Reverend didn’t mention was the fact that four white people were also killed by British soldiers in the same incident, which took place in March of 1770, thus he was actually one of the first five people to die.
Rev Al: "(Fannie Lou) Hamer's stand inspired Dr. King's march in Selma, which brought about the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Twenty years ago, Reverend Jesse Jackson stood at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, again, appealing to the preserve those freedoms. Tonight, we stand with those freedoms at risk and our security as citizens in question. I have come here tonight to say, the only choice we have to preserve our freedom at this point in history is to elect John Kerry the president of the United States."
Comment: Which freedoms Al? If you’re referring to everyone’s right to vote in this age of Democrats’ pandering to restore ex-felons voting rights, blurring the distinction between citizens and illegal aliens voting rights and schemes in the 2000 election where deceased people were on the registration rolls, fatuous statements such as this can’t be taken seriously.
Rev Al: "Look at the current view of our nation worldwide as a result of our unilateral foreign policy."
Comment: I guess the 49 nations (of which 34 provided troops) don’t count as a coalition. The definition of "unilateral" to Al Sharpton is ‘going it alone’ without French, German, Russian, Chinese and the American Left’s approval.
Rev Al: "We went from unprecedented international support and solidarity on September 12, 2001, to hostility and hatred as we stand here tonight."
Comment: Most of the hostility and hatred is being generated right from the floor of the Democratic National Convention by the far left of the Democrat Party (a redundancy in terminology, of which most people who are even semi-conscious are aware).
Rev Al: "How did we squander this opportunity to unite the world for democracy and to commit to a global fight against hunger and disease?"
Comment: A nice segue from "international support and solidarity" to "commit(ting) to a global fight against hunger and disease". What does one have to do with the other? But as long as you slid into the subject Reverend, one might be tempted to ask just which nation contributes, donates and sells more food to the world than any other nation on earth? Why, that would be us (feel free to spell the word "us" as in "U.S."). Which President just authorized fifteen billion (with a capital "B") dollars to be allocated to Africa to attempt to prevent the scourge of AIDS on that continent? Hint -- not the first ‘black president’ of America.
Rev Al: "We were told that we were going to Iraq because there were weapons of mass destruction." "…And when it became clear that there were no weapons…"
Comment: What he’s looking for is a sign in the desert that says,"Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Weapons right this way. Watch your step and proceed with caution." What has been plainly documented is the fact, for example, that two tons of low-enriched uranium was removed from an Iraqi nuclear facility and similar incidents of a roadside bomb explosion, containing Sarin and other events such as these, have been reported.
Rev Al: "This court has voted five to four on critical issues of women's rights and civil rights. It is frightening to think that the gains of civil and women’s rights and those movements in the last century could be reversed if this administration is in the White House in these next four years."
Comment: Now, the ‘oppressed’ card has been played, too. In this era of affirmative action, quotas, reverse discrimination, bi-lingual education, minority and female preferences, hate crimes/hate speech/hate thought (against straight, white males only, of course), Title IX, Roe v. Wade, the feminization of our culture and our military, the unprecedented flow of illegal aliens from Mexico and the rest of the third world (in conjunction with their ‘rights’ bestowed upon them by the ACLU and the rest of the Left) -- just where is the evidence that all these "movements" rights are being reversed, when in fact, they are being incrementally enhanced?
Rev Al: "I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in '54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school."
Comment: Come again Al? George Bush has appointed the most diverse cabinet in human history. On what basis would you presume that he would vote against school desegregation? Is this the old racist Al rearing his pomaded head again?
Rev Al: "The promise of America says we will guarantee quality education for all children and not spend more money on metal detectors than computers in our schools."
Comment: Maybe we wouldn’t have to spend more money on metal detectors for inner-city schools if you hadn’t spent twenty years encouraging the ‘gangsta thug’ mentality and black kids who actually wanted to study and achieve something weren’t being ridiculed by the ‘hood as "acting white."
Rev Al: "We cannot look at the Latino community and preach one language."
Rev Al: "No one gave them (the "Latino community") an English test before they sent them to Iraq to fight for America."
Rev Al: "It, to me, is a glaring contradiction that we would fight, and rightfully so, to get the right to vote for the people in the capital of Iraq in Baghdad, but still don't give the federal right to vote for the people in the capital of the United States, in Washington, D.C."
Comment: The ‘contradiction’ here Al is that you opposed the war in Iraq and protested vehemently against it, yet now you state, "that we would fight, and rightfully so, to get the right to vote for the people in the capital of Iraq in Baghdad." As to that other point, the 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961, granting the residents of Washington D.C. the right to vote, which they overwhelmingly did in the Presidential election of 1964. They do not have the same representation in the Congress as do the states for a good reason. The federal capital would then be the political captive of one of the 51 states.
Rev Al: "You said the Republican Party was the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule." "That's where the argument, to this day, of reparations starts. We never got the 40 acres. We went all the way to Herbert Hoover, and we never got the 40 acres."
Comment: Bad history Al. It was Andrew Johnson, a Democrat, who reneged on the Republican promise.
Rev Al: "We got the Civil Rights Act under a Democrat."
Comment: Actually, it was bi-partisan Act and more due to Republicans than Democrats. Millions of words have been written about this subject, but the reader is urged to check the actual facts in an excellent article entitled, "Conservatives Can Be Proud of Their Civil Rights Record" by John Fonte of National Review, which can be read here. As a side note, President Nixon implemented Affirmative Action, but Al must have missed that point.
Rev Al: "As I ran for president, I hoped that one child would come out of the ghetto like I did, could look at me walk across the stage with governors and senators and know they didn't have to be a drug dealer, they didn't have to be a hoodlum, they didn't have to be a gangster, they could stand up from a broken home, on welfare, and they could run for president of the United States."
Comment: Couldn’t just one time, hustlers like Al stop playing the perpetually oppressed card, almost as if it were a badge of honor?