Update: We recall when Big Media outlet The New York Times attacked Bill Clinton for nodding his head. See update below.
It’s not often that Americans actually see the corrupt bowing to the corrupt. This past week however, the bowing is out in the open.
Almost one year ago to the day (April 1, 2008), Wayne Barrett in the liberal The Nation magazine helped expose the corruption in the Democratic Party. Barrett courageously stood up and wrote the truth about DNC Chairman Howard Dean and the rest of the unDemocratic Party and the theft of the Democratic nomination. Barrett called Dean a “modern-day Metternich” and denounced the corruption of the primary process and votes.
This modern-day Metternich, whose two-fisted handling of this two-state controversy has already had more impact on the 2008 race than his candidacy did on the race in 2004, is promising to mediate the dispute once it’s already settled.
Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry succeeded in gifting the unDemocratic nomination to unqualified, race-baiting, gay-bashing, and woman hating, Barack Obama. Honorable Wayne Barrett, unlike the rest of Big Media has his hands clean.
The New York Times has dirty hands and the dirty mouth of Hillary hater Dick Morris confirms the dirty Times.
The truth about the primaries is oozing out. Wayne Barrett is still on the job exposing more corruption. Wayne Barrett is writing the truth again. The corrupt are bowing to the corrupt even as Barrett makes the corruption undeniable:
The governor of New York is having lunch today with a tax dodger who owes the state nearly a million dollars. The mayor is chowing down, too. Tomorrow the vice president will wrap his arms around the same celebrity cheat who stiffed the IRS for nearly $2 million.
David Paterson, Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden are partying down with Al Sharpton this week at a three-day gala sponsored by the Rev’s National Action Network — the same organization that the Federal Election Commission found illegally subsidized his 2004 presidential campaign committee.
In addition to the federal and state tax liens on Sharpton, the FEC has imposed another half million dollars in penalties on him. His campaign was already forced by the FEC to repay another $100,000 in matching funds he improperly took from the commission.
Barrett details the reasons for the half million dollars in penalties and the federal and state tax liens. Barrett also notes that
Sharpton spent much of this at luxury hotels at up to $4000 a night, ostensible-mistress-in-tow, turning his presidential gambit into a whirlwind countrywide tour with the then executive director of NAN. The director, who has since departed and is quoted in the FEC report, wound up with a Mercedes, a Caddy, a $7000 Rolex, mink coats, David Yurman jewels and a Trump apartment. The largess of 2004 might be some indication of how Sharpton and the current NAN gang will spend the pot of gold he collects at this event.
Wayne Barrett also does the almost unheard of and exposes the Big Media corruption (by name!) which enables the corrupt and the corruption to exist:
You would think the press would be all over a scandal like the so-called conference taking place at the Sheraton New York. And they are: many of them are sitting on media panels and joining in the celebration of the so-called civil rights activist who’s been living at the Helmsley Carlton on Madison Avenue for years.
Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is moderating one panel, and media giants like ABC’s Robin Roberts and Larry King are part of the hoopla. Even real journalists like the News’ Errol Louis are lending legitimacy to this fraud.
Another News columnist, Juan Gonzalez, examined this week the peculiar alliance between Sharpton and NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, revealing a half-million-dollar donation to NAN from a hedge fund tied to a former chancellor. The big check was funneled through a pro-Bloomberg nonprofit. Klein and a top aide will appear on Sharpton panels so skewed in favor of the Bloomberg school reforms that minority critics have just about been locked out.
The black mayoral candidate and longtime Sharpton friend, Comptroller Bill Thompson, doesn’t even appear on the agenda. Bloomberg’s apparent champion for the Independence Party line, old Sharpton ally Lenora Fulani, is also a panelist.
Anti-semite Lenora Fulani and Carolyn Kennedy enabler Joel Klein – Fulani will doubtless get millions and Klein will funnel millions. Little wonder that with Joel Klein involved Carolyn Kennedy received such great treatment from Sharpton when she tried to finagle herself a U.S. Senate seat with the help of Obama gifter uncle Ted Kennedy.
Perhaps someday Sharpton will pay, or someone will ask him this week when he will pay the $884,669 state tax lien against him.
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In May of 2007 Queen Elizabeth visited the United States. Back in 2007 Big Media was outraged when Americans bowed before a foreign monarch:
In Richmond’s Capitol Square and along the streets of Colonial Williamsburg, Americans wearing Burger King crowns greeted the visiting British monarch. Women who had lined up hours in advance sported tiaras. Gracious hospitality, all in good fun.
But look closer:
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine gave state workers a day off to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s visit. Cost to the taxpayers: about $11 million, in a state where legislators this year rejected raising the minimum wage, which has not changed in a decade. [snip]
And get this: Inside the Virginia Capitol — a building designed by the American revolutionary Thomas Jefferson — the majority leader of the House of Delegates, Morgan Griffith, paused before ushering the queen into the House chamber and then bowed his head.
The hype and hoopla over the royal visit has driven too many of us to forget who we are.
“We are Elizabeth’s subjects and she our monarch for a day,” editorialized the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
No. We are no one’s subjects. We do not bow to kings and queens. When we forget this, we sully ourselves.
Bowing and scraping Tim Kaine is now the Dimocratic Party leader. Tim Kaine bowed and scraped before a foreign monarch and Barack Obama. Americans used to be made of sterner stuff.
In our country, all men are created equal. “Exalting one man so greatly above the rest cannot be justified on the equal rights of nature,” Thomas Paine wrote in “Common Sense,” the 46-page tract that called on colonial Americans to revolt.
Our revolution was not against King George III so much as the concept of the monarch, the notion that power and status are inherited from one generation to the next. Paine called this idea “unwise, unjust, unnatural — an insult and an imposition on posterity.” [snip]
Today, as we enter the eighth consecutive presidential campaign involving a Clinton or a Bush on the ticket — a span of 28 years — it is sad to see Americans bowing and curtsying to a monarch, a descendant of the very king against whom we fought a revolution.
Back when that Big Media article was written the author could not restrain himself from attacks on Hillary Clinton and the “dynasty” issue, which never made any sense to anyone with any sense (we debunked the nonsense on May 9, 2007, a few days after the above article was written).
Back in 2007 Big Media denounced Americans who bowed before a foreign monarch, even if that monarch came from an ally nation.
“The people who wrote the American Constitution were the most radical people on the planet,” says Craig Nelson, author of “Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations,” a biography of the most important anti-monarchist of the Revolution. “Paine was trying to undo people’s loyalty to the crown. Today, most Americans are taught that King George was a mean guy, not that ours was a revolution against monarchy and inherited aristocracy.”
Both left and right in this country have embraced the symbol of Tom Paine. His stirring assertion of the value of ordinary people — “one honest man,” he wrote, is of more worth “than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived” — remains at the heart of our self-image as Americans.
But in a society increasingly divided by money and access to power, in a country that places more value in stability than in Jefferson’s belief that “a little rebellion now and then is a good thing,” the visit of a queen becomes one more chance to celebrate celebrity.
In Britain, our attitude toward the royal visit strikes many as odd. The Guardian newspaper, wondering how the queen got “so hot stateside,” blames it on ” ‘The Queen’ Effect,” actress Helen Mirren’s sympathetic portrayal of Elizabeth in last year’s movie. “America now believes that the Queen is a graceful, complex, dignified but still very human monarch with an admirable devotion to family and duty, instead of a little old lady who likes horses and never says anything much,” writes Tim Dowling.
“The idea that anybody should bow to anybody is beyond me,” says Graham Smith, campaign manager for Republic, a British political group that pushes to replace the monarchy with an elected head of state. “Americans wouldn’t bow to George Bush. But they think that’s what people do over here.”
[Update: The New York Times attacks Bill Clinton:
“IF I see another king, I think I shall bite him,” Teddy Roosevelt once growled. Offered that opportunity with the Japanese equivalent last week, Bill Clinton turned out to have had quite something else in mind.
It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.
Canadians still bow to England’s Queen; so do Australians. Americans shake hands. If not to stand eye-to-eye with royalty, what else were 1776 and all that about? [snip]
But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years. Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable.
“It was not a bow-bow, if you know what I mean,” said Ambassador Molly Raiser, the chief of protocol.
White House officials described Mr. Clinton’s tilt as something of an improvisation. Because Emperor Akihito broke with tradition in turn to raise his glass at the state dinner, some even said Mr. Clinton had managed something of a breakthrough.
“Presidents don’t bow, and Emperors don’t toast,” one official said. “So this was a little bit like the cultures meeting each other halfway.”]
Back in 2007 Big Media attacked celebrity. Back in 2007 Big Media denounced those who bow and scrape before foreign monarchs. Back in 2007 Big Media laughed at fairy tales. Back in 2007 Big Media made a show of respecting Tom Paine. Back in 2007 Big Media on occasion denounced the Big Media “celebrity-crazed media companies”.
The American reverence for the queen, he says, is nothing more than “untainted celebrity worship,” a quest for a fairy tale to believe in.
It is a dangerous fairy tale, fomented by celebrity-crazed media companies (700 news credentials were issued for the queen’s visit) and accepted all too readily by people who should know better. Let the queen play at the Kentucky Derby; the rest of us should read Tom Paine.
No longer. Now bowing before the most corrupt of foreign monarchs is ignored because the bowing and scraping is done by a Big Media tool and celebrity who was gifted the unDemocratic nomination by corrupt elements.
Yesterday, Barack Obama bowed deeply and respectfully before one of the most corrupt monarchs in the world. Big Media and PINO Big Blogs did not take notice of the Obama bow and scrape before the corrupt monarch.
Big Media and PINO Big Blogs did not take notice of corrupt Obama bowing and scraping before the corrupt monarch because silence was their own corrupt bow to the corrupt.