by John Hawkins | January 22, 2003 4:15 pm
Doublespeak From Hillary? No Way!: I generally don’t like to compare someone to Hitler, bring up McCarthy, or invoke Orwell because the left has beaten all these comparisons into the ground. You know what I mean — there are some Dems who use “Nazi” as a synonym for Republican, who cry “McCarthyism” every time they’re criticized, and then yell “1984” whenever Bush can’t give them an exact date the war on terrorism is ending.
However, every once in a while, one of these comparisons is valid. For example, think about, “War is Peace — Freedom is Slavery — Ignorance is Strength” and then read what Hillary Clinton had to say on Monday…
“We are reminded once again by the events of the last year that there are those who don’t understand Dr. King’s dream and legacy. Yes, we want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. But what makes up character? If we don’t take race as part of our character, then we are kidding ourselves.”
To begin with, here is the MLK quote Hillary is referring to,
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”
So we have Hillary Clinton referring to that famous quote about being judged by our character and NOT our race, presumably so she can justify race based policies that do take race into account. If you don’t agree with that, it probably just means that you are one of, “those who don’t understand Dr. King’s dream and legacy.” You can call that “newspeak”, “doublespeak”, whatever you want, but any intellectually honest person would have to agree that the MLK quote Hillary is bringing up is 100% at odds with the message she’s trying to get across.
Moreover, let’s look at the end of Hillary’s quote,
“Yes, we want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. But what makes up character? If we don’t take race as part of our character, then we are kidding ourselves.”
That exact same quote could have come out of the mouth of a member of the KKK or Nazi party to justify THEIR position on race. Now, I’m not suggesting that Hillary is a racist, but supporting race based policies is just as immoral today as it was in the sixties. The impact and races effected by policies like Segregation, Affirmative Action, Jim Crow laws, & racial set-asides may vary, but discrimination based on race is the reprehensible root of all these policies. A color-blind America is what we should be striving for and I hope that Democrats like Hillary Clinton will join Republicans in trying to make that dream a reality.
Thanks to Henry Hanks from Croooow blog for pointing this article to me.
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