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The Political Funerals of Aretha and McCain…Why It’s a Shame

Americans tuned in to watch two memorial services and two political rallies broke out.

FoxNews.com reports that

Meghan McCain and President Barack Obama took apparent swipes at President Trump on Saturday in a eulogy for John McCain — who sparred with Trump on a number of occasions before his death last week of brain cancer. 
 
“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great,’ McCain’s daughter said, in what appeared to be a reference to Trump’s presidential campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.”

The remarks were made during a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral for the Arizona Republican, who died last week of brain cancer.

Obama’s jabs were more subtle but still appeared to be directed at the current occupant of the White House. He derided those in politics who traffic in “bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage.”

He also attacked “a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born of fear.”

“John called on us to be bigger than that. He called on us to be better than that,” he said.

It was Meghan McCain who had the most searing swipes at the president however. Notably she said that her father’s passing represented the passing of “American greatness. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”

This was a continuation of a theme which began the day before at a different venue

At a funeral service in Detroit on Friday for Aretha Franklin – who died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 16 at age 76, several speakers used the occasion not only to hail the Queen of Soul but to dump on President Trump.

“You lugubrious leech, you dopey doppelgänger of deceit and deviance, you lethal liar, you dimwitted dictator, you foolish fascist,” Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “She ain’t work for you.”

Dyson was referring to a comment Trump made during a recent Cabinet meeting, recalling Franklin’s performances at a Trump casino in New Jersey soon after it opened.

The Rev. Al Sharpton also seized an opportunity to criticize the president.

“You know, the other Sunday on my show, I misspelled ‘Respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” Sharpton said, according to the Washington Examiner. “Now, I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.

“And I say that because when word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, ‘She used to work for me,’” Sharpton continued. “No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us. Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.” 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who ran for president as a Democrat in 1984 and 1988, issued a call for voter registration.

“Aretha was on the battleground for 60 years,” Jackson told the audience. “We have long lines to celebrate death, and short lines for voting. Something is missing. If you leave here today and don’t register to vote, you’re dishonoring Aretha.”

This is not the first time that a memorial service has been turned into a political rally.

Back in October of 2002, Minnesota Democrats used the memorial service for Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone as a political rally and an opportunity to push Walter “Fritz” Mondale as his successor.

Of course, back then, the entire nation was appalled by the Democrats boorish behavior and lack of decorum.

My…my…look at how far we’ve come…in the wrong direction.

The “smartest people in the room” are not even blinking an eye to the fact that the funeral services of two disparate people, who both, right or wrong, had an effect on our nation, were used as political platforms to continue to divide this nation.

Every American is entitled to their own political opinions. However, the old saying that there is a time and a place for everything still holds true.

Those overcome with Trump Derangement Syndrome, who attacked the President at these two memorial services showed about as much grace and decorum as the sketch from “The Blue Collar Comedy Tour” where Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Larry The Cable Guy were talking about a relative who opened up a can of beer in the middle of a funeral and how it was not a good idea to show up drunk to a funeral. At one point, the guys were looking down into a make-believe coffin, talking about the deceased, when one of them remarked, “Wait. That ain’t Mama!”

But, I digress…

What the last couple of days showed to us average Americans who live between the coasts, is that our perception of the Washington Establishment and the Far left Democrats sharing the common bond of Trump Derangement Syndrome has proven to be right on the money.

For those individuals to show their hatred for the President of the United States of America at such solemn occasions as these two memorial services was unseemly…but sadly predictable.

They still don’t get it.

Or, as we say in the South,

“Well, bless their hearts.”

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 
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Written by kingsjester

Do you ever feel helpless about what's going on? Do you turn the sound down when a member of "The Resistance" speaks? Do you talk back to the television? I understand fully. My blog contains the views of a 60 year old Christian American Conservative. I was raised by members of The Greatest Generation. My father landed at Normandy. I love this country. By the way, how did that Hopey-Changey Thing work out for ya?

I have been writing daily since April of 2010. I enjoy researching and sharing my thoughts with you. It is a privilege and it beats the heck out of punching a hole in the wall.

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Until He Comes,

KJ

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