Three Lawn Jockeys
R. Cort Kirkwood
by R. Cort Kirkwood
only thing they didnít do was promise to "tote dat barge and
lifí dat bale."
are the three Democrats presidential wannabees who abjectly and
profusely apologized to the NAACP for skipping its candidatesí forum
in Miami Beach.
political theater goes, the display may be more nauseating than
Dubya fishing off the Democrat pier for the minority vote. But it
was more than nauseating.
was the zenith of political pandering, cowardice, and racial blackmail.
Like Step 'n' Fetchit
Monday, the NAACPís preposterously monikered monarch, Kweisi Mfume,
laid down the law:
you expect us to believe that you could not find 90 minutes to come
by and address the issues affecting our nation," the Associated
Press reported, "then you have no legitimacy over the next
nine months in our community."
did it. On Thursday, the three showed up. Itís hard to say who was
worse, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri,
or Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
Kucinich: "Now Iím here to let you know that while I have a
100 percent voting record, Iím also 100 percent for the NAACP."
Kucinich explained that he skipped the groupís candidates' forum
because had to cast a vote on the floor of the House. But that was
AP, "Then the moderator goaded him into offering an official
apology, saying: ĎWe have heard the explanation, does the congressman
need to say something else?í"
Kucinich: "Iím very sorry I wasnít able to be here, amazing
grace, how sweet it is, once was lost, now Iím found."
disgusting cowardice. Kucinich was paid to make those votes, not
bloviate at the NAACP convention.
Gephardt: "Iím sorry I was not here when you had the joint
appearance the other night. I had a long standing conflict that
I could not get out of, and I apologize to all of you for not being
here and I thank you for letting me be here."
hereís Lieberman. A leader, he lamented, "must believe that
the causes that he or she fights for, the stands he or she takes,
the decision he or she makes are right. Thatís leadership. But leadership
also means being able to admit when you are wrong. And by not coming
Monday, I was wrong. I regret it and I apologize."
blacks like Mfume have a name for a man who truckles, cajoles, and
apologizes for nothing: Step 'n' Fetchit.
GOP Comes Next
wheedling confessions arenít just commitments to "black issues."
promises to buy the black vote with costly federal programs, and
to shill for the NAACP, a racialist organization of statists, old-timey
leftists, and Reds who would dismantle whatís left of the Constitution
and the Republic.
the GOP will try to outbid the Democrats. It will fail, but the
gesture will do three things: expand socialist programs that concentrate
even more power in Washington, raise confiscatory taxes on the "wealthy"
to pay for the programs, and broaden discriminatory laws that unfairly
enrich and empower blacks at the expense of whites and Asians and
apologies are worthless, for the NAACP wonít go for Republican grifters
as long as it has the Democrat species. But Mfume got what he wanted:
white lawn jockeys.
columnist R. Cort Kirkwood [send
him mail] is managing editor of the Daily News-Record
in Harrisonburg, Va.
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