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The Descent of the Left

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“A Eulogy for King, a Scolding for Bush:
The funeral for the civil rights leader becomes a platform for criticizing the president’s policies.”

That’s the front-page headline of of the Los Angeles Times story on yesterday’s funeral for Coretta Scott King.

As with the Wellstone Memorial Service, the reaction among ordinary Americans will be one of disgust with the left that could not resist an opportunity to play to the base. The president was not diminished in the least by the tacky descent into partisan hysterics by Joseph Lowery, or by the incoherent ramblings of Jimmy Carter about illegal wiretaps against the Kings and the victims of Katrina.

But for the record, here’s the opening of The Atlantic Monthly’s 2002 article on the FBI and Dr. King:

On October 10, 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy committed what is widely viewed as one of the most ignominious acts in modern American history: he authorized the Federal Bureau of Investigation to begin wiretapping the telephones of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Kennedy believed that one of King’s closest advisers was a top-level member of the American Communist Party, and that King had repeatedly misled Administration officials about his ongoing close ties with the man. Kennedy acted reluctantly, and his order remained secret until May of 1968, just a few weeks after King’s assassination and a few days before Kennedy’s own. But the FBI onslaught against King that followed Kennedy’s authorization remains notorious, and the stains on the reputations of everyone involved are indelible.

The left has been hijacked by its angriest elements, and whenever those elements are on display, the country gets another lesson on why the Democratic Party, controlled by this angry edge, simply cannot be allowed to govern unless and until it reforms itself.

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