Thursday, November 03, 2005


It's sad that Democrats turned the memorial service for Paul Wellstone into a shameless political rally. It's disgusting that they did the same for Rosa Parks' funeral service

The funeral for civil rights hero Rosa Parks was turned into a forum for opportunistic demagogues to take advantage of her courageous and incredible act of defiance. The funeral lasted for seven (7!) hours. One of those who contributed to the long service and tried to score political points at the funeral of an American icon was former president, Bill Clinton.

Does anyone believe this story he told to a rapt audience?:

[USA Today] The church erupted in cheers when former president Bill Clinton arrived shortly before the service began. He recalled that when Parks was arrested, he was 9 years old and regularly rode up front in segregated buses in Arkansas. Clinton said the news that a black woman had refused to give up her seat in the back of the bus gave him a new opportunity: He and two friends decided to start sitting in back, too.

I would love it if someone could say whether or not this story appeared in his book, "My Life". After all, his autobiography is longer than the Bible, maybe he snuck this story in there too.

Update: I perused through Clinton's tome, "My Life" in the bookstore. Not only was there no mention of how he went to the back of the bus as a 9 year old but Rosa Parks is not even mentioned in the entire book. (Check the index, there is no "Parks, Rosa" in all 9,000 pages). A story like the one Clinton told at her funeral would be an empowering, searing experience that no one would ever forget. If Rosa Parks' famous act was inspiring for Bill Clinton, as both a child and a politician, then how could he fail to mention her and what he did in response to her heroic act in his book? I think we all know the answer. My conclusion is that Bill Clinton lied in front of both the mourners and Rosa Parks, as she lay in state in front of him, so he could show the world that he is as heroic as Mrs Parks was. Despicable, disgusting and sad.


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