Thursday, October 18, 2007

The sliming of Al Gore's Nobel Prize

Not that it's terribly surprising, but the hard right in this country took out their scripts attacking and minimizing Al Gore's award of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming. The primary talking point is that they would be "offended" to receive the same award as a guy like Yassir Arafat.

But this isn't anything new. Here is an article from Oliver Willis (http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/65363/), reprinting parts of the National Review blasting the award of a Nobel Peace Prize to a target of conservative hatred some years ago. Some guy named King, seemed to do OK for himself.

The level of venom the right spit at Dr. King then sounds suspiciously like what we're seeing now. Proof again, as Willis points out, that conservatives are almost always on the wrong side of history.

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Thanks to reader "Dr. Victor Davis Handjob", comes this story written in the conservative National Review a few months after Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964:

"For years now, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his associates have been deliberately undermining the foundations of internal order in this country. With their rabble-rousing demagoguery, they have been cracking the "cake of custom" that holds us together. With their doctrine of "civil disobedience," they have been teaching hundreds of thousands of Negroes -- particularly the adolescents and the children -- that it is perfectly alright to break the law and defy constituted authority if you are a Negro-with-a-grievance; in protest against injustice. And they have done more than talk.

They have on occasion after occasion, in almost every part of the country, called out their mobs on the streets, promoted "school strikes," sit-ins, lie-ins, in explicit violation of the law and in explicit defiance of the public authority. They have taught anarchy and chaos by word and deed -- and, no doubt, with the best of intentions -- and they have found apt pupils everywhere, with intentions not of the best. Sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind."

Will Herberg, "'Civil Rights' and Violence: Who Are the Guilty Ones?", The National Review Sept. 7th, 1965

The more things change, the more they change the same. Proving that conservatives are almost always on the wrong side of history. In 1965 they attacked Dr. King and civil disobedience against racist laws that were the rule of the land, laws that were morally wrong and fundamentally un-American.

Is it any wonder that the same publication arguing so strongly against the man who was one of America's greatest leaders now attacks Al Gore? If the National Review had had its way, I would at best be writing this on the "blacks only" section of the Internet.

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