Monday, January 16, 2006

A Poignant View

By now, most have heard about Harry Belafonte's disrespectful, left-wing lunatic comments hurled towards President Bush. How ironic it is that someone who once supposedly revered Martin Luther King Jr. (whose memorable speech, "I Have a Dream" was all about freedom and equality) has now turned into someone who would probably be unrecognizable to Dr. King.

This morning, I heard a portion of Dr. King's speech and his respectful words that said, "all men are created equal." Unlike (as is the case with) Belafonte, I cannot recall a single word of disrespect towards anyone uttered out of Dr. King's mouth during his campaign for civil rights; at least not publically. I doubt that he would ever disrespect a sitting president the way that Belafonte has done.

However, Bush-bashing has become the biggest indoor sport for liberal left Democrats. It's old news.

But what I find most disturbing is the "black on black" bashing, if you will, done by those like Belafonte against conservative, Republican black leaders.

I wonder. What would Dr. King think of that?

Wouldn't he be so pleased to see how far his dream has advanced by the year 2006? Wouldn't he be grateful to George W. Bush for championing top leadership roles without discrimination against race in his administration?

But no. We don't hear anything about that!

All we get is more Bush-bashing and the black leaders chosen by the him are bashed right along with the president!

What is wrong with this picture?

I think that Doug Powers has figured it out. I really appreciated his current article at WND. Especially the portion where he pointed out the education levels of Condi Rice and Colin Powell as compared to Belafonte.

What would Dr. King think of a man like Belafonte supporting an evil dictator like Hugo Chavez? Wasn't King's civil rights movement all about freedom and equality? Chavez offers neither freedom nor equality towards the people who live in his country!

What's wrong with this picture?

Next, Belafonte also sides with Chavez because they are both against the war in Iraq.

What is wrong with this picture?

An American who enjoys the freedoms afforded in our country travels to Venezuela to publically agree with a dictator like Chavez and denounce a war that has succeeded in removing another dictator and given freedom, liberty, and justice in a brand new democratic Iraq; this being done in a portion of the world that never had such an opportunity to self-govern themselves! This just absolutely floors me as being unethical, totally ignorant,and filled with hypocrisy!

Of course, this is just so typical of many on the liberal left. Even talk show host David Letterman attempts to get into the debate on his show, but to the disapproval of his audience, lowers himself to the level of ignorance shown by Belafonte and his ilk through blasting his guest Bill O'Reilly.

So be it. It's free speech, isn't it?

However, history will one day definately show who was right. I can already clearly see that the case to remove the brutal dictator Hussein and fight the war on terror there (rather than here) was, and is, the correct decision.

Pat Boone has written a great article that poignantly responds to all of those who would be (or are) against the war in Iraq. The following is a portion of it that hammers home the fact that President Bush has made the correct decision and to have done nothing would have been the mistake.

From 2003, 'A lesson for my son,' by Irma S. Chambers

My 9-year-old son wanted to know why we were at war. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window.

"Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses," he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States and you are President Bush."

Our son giggled and said, "OK."

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country," my husband said.

"OK, Dad, I'm pretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and see that man come out of his house with his wife and he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, and then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him. They are crying; they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father. You see all of this, son. What do you do?"


"What do you do, son?"

"I call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen to what you know and saw, but they refuse to help. What do you do then, son?"

"Dad, but the police are supposed to help!"

"They don't want to, son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.
"But Dad, he killed her!" my son exclaims.

"I know he did, but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

"Daddy, he kills them?"

"Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

"Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him."

"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

"But Dad, I need help! I can't stop him by myself!"

"What do you do, son?"

Our son starts to cry.

"OK, no one wants to help you. The man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next, son?"


"He walks across the street to the old lady's house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire. Then he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. What do you do?"


"What do you do?"

Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him "Why?"

"Because, Daddy, the police are supposed to help people who need it, and they won't help. You always say that neighbors are supposed to help neighbors, but they won't help, either. They won't help me stop him. I can't do it by myself, Daddy. I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and … and ... do nothing. So … I'm just going to close the blinds, so I can't see what he's doing. And I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

I start to cry. My husband looks at our 9-year-old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers, and he tells him, "Son …"

"Yes, Daddy?"

"Open the blinds, because that man … he's at your front door. What do you do?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes. Without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!"

I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and hugs him tight. "It's too late to fight him. He's too strong and he's already at your front door, son. You should have stopped him before he killed his wife. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before it's too late."

That scenario I just gave you is why we are at war in Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen, it's the greatest evil of all. Our president is doing what is right.

We, as a free nation, must understand that this war is a war of humanity. We must remove this evil man from power so that we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to look out our window and see crimes on humanity. So that my 9-year-old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes the blinds" the atrocities in the world won't affect him. The second day of the "War on Iraq" I felt compelled to write this and pass it along. Hopefully, you will understand the lesson my husband tried to teach our son.

"You must never be afraid to do what is right, even if you have to do it alone!"

Be proud to be an American. Be proud of our president. Be proud of our troops. Support them. Support America – so that, in the future, our children will never have to close their blinds.

(Note to my readers: There was a blogger publishing problem early this morning and my rough draft was posted rather than my finished post! I have tried to go through and make the corrections.)


Doug said...

Thanks for the mention, Christine. I'm honored that you're a reader. Love your blog too! Great comments.

Christinewjc said...

Anytime, Doug! I always enjoy starting out my day with a laugh from your blogposts and columns! What a great sense of humor you it!