It has been quite a while since I last read 'MDA' ('My Darling Ann' - Coulter) but for mercy's sake don't tell her, I most definitely would not wish to upset her! However, today I have read her most recent essay and it's - a beaut! A blast from the past which blows away all that Leftie, Democratic bullshit sprayed on us constantly by the lying liars in the American MSM, none of whom have actually studied post-war, domestic, American history, er, just like me, actually! And I have no excuse because I actually lived through it although, of course, I could only view things from 'over here' and even my view was through the filter of our own less than truthful media. Also, to be honest, at that young age my mind was centred on other things - don't ask!
Anyway, 'MDA' rips the shrouds of sainthood off the rotting corpses of both Bobby and Jack Kennedy and reminds us forcefully that it was Republican presidents and their administrations who did far and away the most for black Americans after the war, and that the two who did most for them were Eisenhower and - SHLOCK-HORROR - Nixon! ('Oh, no, say it ain't so!') The Kennedys, who I suspect are role-models for Miliband, tried to say the right things but in reality they did virtually nothing, not least because they were in thrall to the southern, segregationist Democrats who controlled the national Democrat party.
'MDA' tells the story of James Meredith, a black man seeking entry to the University of Mississippi, who found little or no aid from Democrats or Kennedys and was forced to fight his case up through the courts. Eventualy he won his case, several years after the Supreme Court had already ruled on desegregating schools and after which that 'wicked' Republican President Eisenhower had despatched the 101st Airborne to back up the ruling. Years later and faced with a similar predicament the Kennedy brothers, opposed by a powerful and recalcitrant Democrat governor of Mississippi, wrote a pathetic letter saying that their Federal hands were tied by the Court ruling and that they were forced to act, not out of principle but because the law of the land demanded it. Eventually they did send in the National Guard but according to 'MDA' without much fervour:
With a showdown inevitable, President Kennedy, on the counsel of his trusted
attorney general, Bobby Kennedy, wrote a letter to the segregationist Democrat
governor of Mississippi, Ross Barnett.
These were JFK's stirring words on behalf of the constitutional rights of black Americans, redeemed with the blood of American patriots:
"White House, September 30, 1962
"To preserve our constitutional system, the Federal Government has an
overriding responsibility to enforce the orders of the Federal Courts. Those
courts have ordered that James Meredith be admitted now as a student at the
University of Mississippi."
So basically, his hands were tied. It reads like a letter from a Republican administration explaining why it's forced to comply with a gay marriage ruling. (JFK's weasel-word letter is also worth looking up.)
Yes, eventually the Kennedy brothers sent the National Guard to force the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith. It wasn't hard to figure out what to do: Eisenhower had sent in the 101st Airborne to enforce desegregation back in 1957 against a much more tenacious segregationist (and Bill Clinton pal), Gov. Orval Faubus of Arkansas.
But in the rest of the South, schools remained segregated as long as Bobby Kennedy was attorney general and either JFK or LBJ was in the White House. (LBJ on the 1964 Civil Rights Act: "I'll have those n*ggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.") [My emphasis]
Deliciously, she ends her essay with one more deadly stomp from her 6" high heels:
If you want to say something nice about Bobby Kennedy, remind everyone that he
proudly worked for Sen. Joe McCarthy.