- As I noted here before, Lewis’s reputation as the “conscience of Congress” was undeserved, unless it’s a matter of conscience to be hyper-partisan and a constant source of racial division.
- Lewis began the process of isolating Donald Trump and denying him the basic respect any incoming President is owed and deserves by virtue of his election. He boycotted the inaugeration, taking the Confressional Black Caucus with him.
If Lewis were worthy of the exorbitant accolades heaped on his memory today and a true statesman, he would have reached out to the President, and used his stature in the black community to work with him. That would have benefited everyone. Instead, he decided to plant hate and fear, and cripple the President’s ability to lead.
- The “resistance” and Democrats, with great assistance from the news media and such bitter and selfish individuals as the late John McCain, have effectively stolen the Presidents ability to fulfill the ceremonial component of the President’s job, what is supposed to be the unifying and non-political part of it. Yet op-ed writers and news how panels have the gall to complain that Trump cannot rally the nation’s spirit during times of crisis, when they know he was never permitted to fulfill this role from the moment he was elected.
He could not attend Lewis’s funeral, of course, and because he could not, he was, once again, prevented from being being President.
[As an aside, while I continue to be disgusted by his insistence on expressing every thought, no matter how ill-considered, that pops into his brain, the Lewis funeral reminds me of how horribly this President has been treated by his own country. The abuse and disrespect has been constant and unprecedented, unfair by any objective measure. I respect Trump more now than I did when he was elected for his fortitude and resolve in the face of such hate.
I don’t know how he’s endured it, frankly. I don’t know if I could, and I’m a lifetime contrarian with my share of guts who regards quitting as a personal disgrace. He has a job he was elected to do, and he’s going to do it his way, no matter how others, like Lewis try to hurt him. There’s not a lot about Donald Trump that I would point my son to as an example of how to be a man, but this is one aspect of his character that is admirable.]
- George W. Bush’s appearance at the funeral was another slap at the President. Lewis boycotted both of his inaugurations, characteristically and despicably as the partisan black racist he was.
Bush knew what a divisive fraud Lewis was, yet he participated in the sanctification of an ethics corrupter.
- Barack Obama remarks were inappropriate for a former President, and made up of the kinds of falsehood and hyperbole that would be critically fact-checked if Trump said anything similar. A sample:
“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witnessed with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”
Barack Obama is an asshole.
A single police officer, acting on his own, engaged in a singular act of cruelty. There were no “police officers,” plural, kneeling on”necks.” Obama is tarring all police with the conduct of a rogue officer, and comparing the act to the racist commands of Bull Connor, when, as I have shown, there is no evidence that racism played any part in George Floyd’s death. And Obama is flat out lying about tear gas, and by calling the mobs trying to destroy a federal courthouse in Portland “peaceful.
His rhetoric was contemptible, though, to be fair, John Lewis would have approved.