At the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic and excellent “I Have A Dream” speech, it was only fitting that America’s first black president spoke. What’s that? Barack Obama spoke? No. Bill–“I did not have sex with that woman”–Clinton. Ben Shapiro at Breitbart News has the story:
Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, where he invoked King’s memory to push for President Obama’s economic redistributionism. He linked King with Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the other pillars of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s welfare state. Clinton thanked Obama for his government interventionism and for Obamacare in the name of King. He called ‘inadequate income to pay for rising income’ a ‘pre-existing condition’ while suggesting that King would have hated gridlock.
Mr. Clinton, of course, did not miss an opportunity to demagogue racial issues dear to the hearts of progressives:
We must push open those stubborn gates,” Clinton said. Clinton suggested that the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act was an act of continuing racism. “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. We must open those stubborn gates,” Clinton stated. “The great irony of the current moment is that the future has never brimmed with more possibilities. It has never burned brighter in what we could become if we push open those stubborn gates and if we do it together. The choice remains as it was on that distant summer day 50 years ago, cooperate and thrive, or fight with each other and fall behind.
Hot Air.com also noted these Clinton comments:
The states ‘made it harder for African-Americans and Hispanics and students and the elderly and the infirm and poor working folks to vote. What do you know? They showed up, stood in line for hours, and voted anyway, so obviously we don’t need any kind of law,’ Clinton said with heavy sarcasm.
So the fact that voter ID laws did not prevent anyone from voting, while making vote fraud far more difficult, is, to Bill Clinton, evidence that such laws are unnecessary. That’s the kind of logic that made him the president he was.
And it’s harder to vote than to “buy an assault weapon”? That’s what we in English call a “damned lie.”
Even in states that require photo ID to vote, the process is not slowed down, but is actually accelerated. A quick showing of an ID allows election officials to more rapidly confirm that the voter is indeed a properly registered voter eligible to vote. A signature here and a stamp there, and the voter is on their way to a booth or carrel to register their votes. Elapsed time: 5-10 minutes at the most, with most of that time completely up to the speed of the voter in casting their ballot.
In virtually all states with voter ID requirements, the state provides the ID card free of charge, and the proof of identity required to obtain such ID cards is often surprisingly casual.
On the other hand, buying any firearm is a much more involved process. Not only is photo ID required, for all intents and purposes, a valid driver’s license, rather than a state-issued ID for the purposes of voter identification, is the minimum form of ID accepted. The purchaser must fill out a two page federal form, swearing that his or her answers are correct under penalty of perjury and federal prosecution. The firearm dealer also has related paperwork that must be completed before the customer is allowed to leave the store with their purchase. In addition, a federal background check–done by computer–must be submitted and cleared before the transaction is allowed. This process normally takes at least 20 minutes to a half hour, and if the federal computer system isn’t working properly, which happens, it can take a day or more. If the system returns a false positive–most denials are mistakes–it can take days.
In some states with waiting periods, purchasers must return days later to take possession of their firearm, again producing a receipt and photo ID. Such provisions may be overridden only if the purchaser also has a state issued concealed carry license, which also requires federal and state background checks, substantial cash payments, photographing and fingerprinting, and often, mandatory and expensive training classes.
Dr. King’s iconic speech is a textbook example of effective rhetoric. It contains the three elements Aristotle considered essential to convincing rhetoric: logos (an appeal to logic), pathos (an appeal to emotion), and ethos (an appeal to ethics). Its intellectual probity and plain honesty appeal to the senses and the soul. It truly was a speech that changed minds, hearts and souls and continues to do so fifty years later–a speech for the ages.
Contrast that with Bill Clinton, convicted perjurer and defrocked lawyer. His speech, considering only these two matters, is a model of deceit and cynical, base manipulation.
This is to what the civil rights movement has come? This is the legacy of Martin Luther King? What more, after all, can one expect of the first black president?