Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

January 14, 2008

The Only Way For Hillary to Save Her Legacy…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 5:50 pm

…in the light of the disgusting recent conduct of her campaign, is to withdraw now and endorse Barack Obama.The one thing I used to admire the Clintons for was what I thought was their genuine emotional commitment to civil rights. The one unblemished aspect of their much-blemished legacy. But look at the collection of hacks, thugs and half-wits they have unleashed or enabled when they got desparate. Look at their pathetic denigration of Martin Luther King. (just a dreamer, right? Read Taylor Branch’s brilliant three volume King biography, while you’re sitting out the campaign Hillary. You need a history lesson).

But is not just sad for them, it’s sad for America. In their win-at-any-cost campaign they may well have succeeded in destroying not only Obama’s candidacy (at the very least his chance to win if nominated) but their own place in history. I wish I could blame it all on Bill, but that’s been their m.o. No tears can save her from this shame.

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10 Comments »

  1. Very well put. The Clintons are users, impure and unsimple. Hillary’s citation of another user, LBJ, speaks volumes.

    Comment by charlie finch — January 14, 2008 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  2. Why read Taylor Branch’s biography? One should instead read the plagiarist Martin Luther King, Jr.’s collection of writings (and those he immorally claimed as his own). A copy of his “Autobiography” edited by Carson Clayborne is readily available. We find out that King was a radical socialist who spoke fondly about affirmative action programs—and charged his own country with conducting a racist war in Vietnam. Moreover, at the bare minimum we must admit that King opened the door to numerous non-violent activists who have done an enormous amount of destruction.

    One has a a right to their opinion–but not their own facts. It is time to reevaluate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Yes, he did some good. His assistance to Rosa Parks, for instance, is to be commended. Nobody, however, has the right to ignore the bad things merely to appease the politically correct establishment.

    One reason to read Taylor Branch’s biogrpahy (and something makes me think you may have not) is that it demonstrates how fortunate as a nation we were to have a leader as enlightened and inspirational to begin to redeem our nation from the shame of 400 years of slavery and legalized racism. If he plagiarized as a student, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    Comment by David Thomson — January 14, 2008 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  3. Whatever the drug thing that’s in Obama’s past is going to be hauled out for lengthy exegesis. Then if he’s nominated, the Republicans will have their innings. So the next president, whoever he or she is, will face the same poisonous atmosphere as the inbumbent lame duck.

    Comment by Banjo — January 14, 2008 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  4. Dr. King borrowed from Langston Hughes and Senator Obama borrows his cadences from Dr’ King. Listen to Barack’s pause and intonations when he says “my back is sore…my throat is dry.” Barack is about the music, not the lyrics. It has been a long time since we have heard such a song and all the sweeter for it.

    Comment by charlie finch — January 14, 2008 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

  5. “If he plagiarized as a student, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was a plagiarizer throughout his entire life. Theodore Pappas’ brilliant Plagiarism and The Culture War : The Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr, and Other Prominent Americans is highly recommended. A used copy can be obtained from Amazon.com for only a few dollars.

    I have not read Taylor Branch’s biography of MLK. His own writings, however, reveal his radicalism and destructive behavior. We need to start there before continuing with other authors—like David Garrow. The latter gentleman provided further evidence of King’s socialism and scathing hostility towards America’s attempt to save the people of Vietnam from Communism. Let us also not forget Ralph Abernathy who personally witnessed MLK’s physical altercation with one of his many mistresses on the very evening of his murder. Once again, we do not have the right to ignore facts concerning “enlightened and inspirational” leaders of any kind. Someone who wrote a serious work regarding Adolph Hitler should particularly be hesitant to indulge in politically correct fantasies.

    I must admit I hesitated posting this comment to spare the commenter from the embarassment of comparing MLK and Hitler. But there it is. Every great leader is flawed: FDR, Churchill, you name it. The commenter can see only plagiarism, not 400 years of hideous racist oppression. Which is the worse crime? If it takes a plagiarist and a womanizer to do something to redeem this nation from its shameful legacy, well, history is not made by perfect angels, alas. Would it have been better if haters like Stokely Carmichael or con men like Al Sharpton to have emerged as the leader of the civil rights movement? Or, would you have preferrred no non violent civil rights movement but the contuation of legalized racism or the outbreak of race war to a movement led by the likes of MLK?

    Comment by David Thomson — January 15, 2008 @ 6:40 am | Reply

  6. Perhaps there is another option for Hillary. What if she withdraws from the campaign and throws her support behind . . . Al Gore? Never happen, right? Right. But isn’t it pretty to think so? You could even take it one step farther. She and Bill broker a deal that reverses the ’92 ticket: Gore/Clinton. (I’d rather see Gore/Obama, but you can’t have everything.) I realize the principles probably can’t even sit in the same room together, let alone run for office on the same ticket. But I expect there’s another reason why the democrats wouldn’t do it. It’s probably their best chance to win. And if the democrats have proven expert at anything, it’s losing presidential elections that were theirs to lose. Nobody exemplifies this better than Al Gore, of course. Yet I’m convinced this would be a very different Al Gore. And a very different campaign. If Al Gore could win the popular vote and come close enough in Florida that the election had to be stolen . . . while running perhaps the worst campaign in the last century . . . just think about what he could do now. A little self-effacing humor can go a long way. As long as he doesn’t try to be somebody he’s not – and somebody different on any give day – isn’t he really the democrat we want in the White House?

    Comment by Ed Fields — January 15, 2008 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  7. I see the race issues actually working in Clinton’s favor in the long run. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think the Clintons represent everything that is evil, however, think about this. Every time the race card is played, even when warranted, white Americans will be asking themselves if this is what it’s going to be like with a black President. Will every criticism generate a racist based argument? Will the likes of Al Sharpton and J Jackson be salivating at the chance to further split black and white America? The race card may very well diminish the level of support shown Obama by white voters, who fear that this may well be only the beginning of racially flavored controversies.

    Comment by Syd Boyd — January 15, 2008 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  8. Anyone who knows anything about King knows about the plagiary. It was his unique ability to inspire positive change on a such a grand scale that he’s remembered for. It’s not difficult to dig up flaws or contradictions with Martin Luther King or Gandhi, but doing so with the intent to “reevaluate the legacy” seems trite and petty in the face of their undisputed noble achievements.

    Comment by mike C — January 15, 2008 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  9. I want more than a song, however sweet, from the President of the United States.

    Obama has the thinnest resume for a serious candidate going back a century. He has never run anything or done anything substantial beyond his election as a junior senator. His embrace of a black power church that has honored Louis Farrakhan with a Lifetime Achievement Award unnerves me. Maybe in another four or preferably eight years when Obama has done something and we know him better…

    As far as I’m concerned, Hillary Clinton will be doing the country a favor if she knocks Obama out of contention this election cycle.

    Comment by huxley — January 15, 2008 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  10. Al Gore? OMG. Don’t you think the Democratic party has enough challenges to overcome without introducing a fraud artist into the mix? The man might bring some good sound bite material to the table, however, that is where it ends. The republicans would have a field day with the likes of Gore. It would be like giving a room full of deprived 7 year olds a tubfull of Playdo.

    Comment by Syd B — January 17, 2008 @ 3:47 pm | Reply


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