Carol Platt Liebau: Unsheathing the Claws

Monday, January 15, 2007

Unsheathing the Claws

It's only January of 2007, but already Hillary Clinton and John Edwards are going at it. Hillary had better not count on getting much quarter from Edwards . . . since he's not a realisitc contender for the #2 spot on anyone's ticket, he's got no reason to be nice.


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Edwards gave a speech at Riverside Church on Dr MLK national day of recognition and was referring to Dr Martin Luther King's Speech there in 1967. Edwards acknowledged his mistake on voting for Bush wars and said he would not be silent about it and neither should those in Congress who feel the same.

For Hillary's campaign manager to take this as a personal attack on Hillary is just plain stupid.

By 1967, King had become a passionate opponent of the Vietnam War. In this speech delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City, King referred to the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

"Perhaps the more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population. We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would never live on the same block in Detroit. I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor."

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