Republican or Democrat, American or Foreign, the politicos are fine subject for speculation, rumination and a bit of derision
Funerals and Politics
This is the second funeral attended and orchestrated by mostly Democrats that I watched with my own disbelieving eyes.
First was the infamous Wellstone funeral when all the Democrats in attendance (Wellstone was a Democrat congressman) carried on in a manner most inappropriate for a funeral. At least by my definition of a funeral which would be a solemn event for benefit of the deceased.
The Coretta King funeral, just recently, was another. Although for this funeral I give some allowances. For many of the speakers at this King funeral were colleagues of King, or political buddies, as the case may be. While I might disagree with a lot of the sentiment expressed I can understand on some level that Mrs. King herself shared the passion and idealology of many who pontificated at her funeral. Mrs. King would probably approve, I surmise.
I'm not at all sure about an ex-president spouting about wire-tapping, an obvious slap at the current president uttered at the politically opportune moment what with the NSA flap still rustling in the political winds.
I must take a moment here and document for posterity the story of Jimmy Carter's sad presidency. I am old enough to remember it quite well. At the time I was a daring and dashing liberal. Carter's policies changed me forever.
Let us document:
-long gas lines-if your license plate ended in an even number than you got gas on even numbered days. Same with license plates ending in odd numbers.
-mortgage rates upwards of 15-20% ladies and gems. I sat and listened to tears of those who dreamed of owning a home, who finally had the money for a down payment, who couldn't possibly afford such high interest rates. It was terrible.
-let us not forget the mad bunny
-the Iran-Hostage crisis. What a debacle. A failed rescue attempt. They held our American citizens for over a year! On the day that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated the hostages were released. Figure it out.
-Carter himself bragging how he liked to start a fire in the fireplace then turn on the air conditioner. Wow, what a flap. Here we were sitting in gas lines for endless hours and this guy's wasting energy like this.
-oh...and don't forget, no Christmas lights. Yes indeed. No Christmas lights the year of the gas lines to save energy. It was dismal.