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Ten-Foot Poll on Jimma Cottuh --- RESULT
posted Wed Feb 8 2006
What do you think of Jimma Cottuh criticizing "secret government wiretappings" right in front of President Bush at Coretta King's memorial service?
Fine, courageous move
156-
33%
Very inappropriate in that circumstance
310-
67%
Total votes 466-
 

Comments from Ten-Foot Poll
Thank you very much for keeping the discussion on a relatively civilized level.
-Brad

Jimmy's comments were inappropriate. I thought they were there to pay tribute to a great woman, not to grandstand for there own benefit. There is a time and a place for those comments, a funeral is not one them. Carter has to be ranked as one of this countries worse Presidents. Jimmy has no credibility at all. It is easy to remember the long lines for gas, sky high interest rates for homes and cars.
–Chris

I agree with President Carter's decision to remind us of facts concerning activities from years ago that are being repeated again by a new group of people that should know better or at least have learned from past mistakes. Wiretaps and domestic information gathering have a place in our society but only when done legally, following the guides as set forth in law. It may not have been the best time to raise the issue but it seems to be the best time to voice concern and have people that otherwise don't pay attention be reminded of the civil liberties being erroded while many say nothing.
-Art

President Carter can never seem to control himself when he is given the opportunity to bash President Bush. Surely he must posess the ability to understand that by publicly critizing Bush at a funeral, he is involved in an effort to turn the event into a Democratic political rally.  Mrs. King's coffin was turned into a soap box and that is just wrong! It is also disrespectful of Mrs. King.
–Mike

Totally inappropriate. This was a funeral service to remember Coretta Scott King and honor her achievments in life, a celebration of her life. He and others turned the funeral into a political circus.
-Sabine

Although I am by no means a supporter of President Bush, I find Mr. Carter's remark very much out of place in the forum he made the remark. There were other comments by speakers made that really stunned me as to how inappropriate those comments were. Mrs. King's coffins was used a platform for grievances that had absolutely nothing to do with the occasion at hand.
-Erika

It was typical, low classed and tawdry of Carter, Sharpton, Bill Clinton [when he pitched Hillary's candidacy], Jackson...and the minister above all, to politic from the pulpit in the first place. To single out and "mob" anyone, especially our president, was vulgar and they cheapened the entire ceremony. They putrified a solemn event. No one should ask why President Bush doesn't attend functions of this sort, for the outcome and their reason for the invitation are obvious. How pathetic...
-Cat

Martin Luther King’s phones were tapped by the FBI (under the sanction of a Democratic President) for “National Security Issues” but were later used to terrorize his family when the FBI sent tapes of King’s infidelities to Coretta Scott King. Richard Nixon’s attorney’s argued that his authorizing the wiretaps of the Democratic National Convention were in the interests of “National Security.” In both places the arrogance and lust of power sought to justify immoral actions. In both cases laws were broken or ignored and there was, finally, some accountability (including the resignation of a President).
-Paul

Jimmy Carter was by far the worst president of the second half of the twentieth century. Remember malaise? It was all our fault right? The country had seen its best days. Thank God for Ronald Reagan! To compare wire tapping the Democratic Convention to the current NSA program is absurd. All you you whiny lefties would be screaming for impeachment if Bush did tap the Al Qaeda calls and an attack happened. There is no doubt that the President is authorized to take whatever action s neccassay to stop another attack as authorized by Congress. When you are fighting a war sometimes there is no time for bureaucracy or courts.
-Thomas N

From JFK to Nixon they did this on many Americans. As for today- look at the Ford Adm. and who was on it. G.H. Bush, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Chaney, and Henry K. They fought the FISA act then and they are doing it now.
-W

President Carter may not be a favorite amoung many but that is beside the point. His comments yesterday were of fact and historical as it related to the King family. In that context it was appropriate. I don't understand why people are making this a big deal. And if the current President took offense then maybe he needs to take a look at his own programs!
-Celeste

I fully understand Democrats turning funerals into political rallys, as they did with Mrs King and the late Senator from Minnesota. This is the only way they can get a crowd together anymore. This kind of behavior is the reason Jimmy Carter is left out of govt. functions.
-Gordon E

First of all I am not a supporter of Pres. G.W. Bush, however I feel Pres. Carters comments were out of place. the Rev. Lowery was even more disrespectful to not only Pres. Bush, but Mrs. King and her family with his comments. Both of the individuals have the right to there opinion, but not at this venur. Further more I feel your rational, that Pres. Carter was referring to the wiretaps that were carried out by J. Edgar Hoover is a sttretch at best and much too subtle for the people who have read or heard them. I feel that Pres. Clinton deserves credit for trying to get everyone refocused on what the occasion was meant to do, which was to honor Mrs. King.
-Al

Jimmy Carter, Still bitter after all these years. A hypocrite who preaches tolerance and then abuses his fellow Christian, George W. Bush. His comments only prove what kind of a "man" he is. He isn't much of one. I love the irony that the newest nuclear submarine we have will be named after him....remember when he tried his best to disarm the USA and make us vulnerable to the Soviets? He gets his name on a machine built for war for his efforts. As I said when I was twelve Reagan Rules Carter drools. The dems have no class, no tact, no integrity. Carter is the definition of all of those words. Jimmy, I am not one to judge being a good Catholic girl and all but someday we all get to stand in front of Him and I wonder I really wonder what He will say when he see's you, a judgemental, mean, angry, lying bigot? If I were you Jimmy I would really think twice about the way you treat your fellow Christians. I really would. Unless you only pay lip service to your beliefs and if that is the case then what you say and do should not surprise me. You would there fore be no more a Christian than Bill Clinton or Ted Kennedy. So then you merely misrepresent yourself? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
-SMJ

Those of you who question Carter's words during Mrs. King's funeral should read what Dr. King said at the funeral for the black children who died in the bombing of the Church in Birmingham: http://www.africanamericans.com/MLKjrEulogy.htm "And yet they died nobly. They are the martyred heroines of a holy crusade for freedom and human dignity. And so this afternoon in a real sense they have something to say to each of us in their death. They have something to say to every minister of the gospel who has remained silent behind the safe security of stained-glass windows. They have something to say to every politician [Audience:] (Yeah) who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism. They have something to say to a federal government that has compromised with the undemocratic practices of southern Dixiecrats (Yeah) and the blatant hypocrisy of right-wing northern Republicans. (Speak) They have something to say to every Negro (Yeah) who has passively accepted the evil system of segregation and who has stood on the sidelines in a mighty struggle for justice. They say to each of us, black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American dream."
-Reuel

What? You think that the King's had no hand in how this funeral was run and held? She was an ACTIVIST! What better way to send her off than to tell the world the king has no clothes on. Everything said was a tribute to her, and very much so the criticizm of this administration. Does anybody remember what was talked about during Martin Luther Kings funeral? OH thats right, vietnam, civil rights, race relations, world peace. Just because the words spoken makes you uncomfortable, doses not make them improper or rude. It obviously means that a lot of you are defensive. This was the Kings funeral and they had it the way THEY wanted. I very much believe they could care less what other people think of how they choose to honor their mother.
-Bluto

Thanks to Celeste, Reuel and Bluto for their comments. I am a Jimmy Carter fan, always have been. Even after the rabbit incident. His remarks yesterday were entirely timely and appropriate. Many of you need to be forgiven, almost, for have no knowledge of what the government has done, and continues to do, to those who legally, constitutionally and peacefully protest. Jimmy does have a great sense of humor however and I’m sure he’s aware that if you twist a pig’s ear you will hear squealing. As to the “irony” of a “nucular” sub being named after President Carter, does anyone else recall that he used to command one of those subs?
-JellyRee

So for once bush talks at an event without a hand-picked audience that claps on command. And what do ya know he;s on the hot seat. Makes a very poor impression of the respect he actually commands. I say let him return to the texas air national guard unless--oops--are they in iraq too?
-bubbler

Jimmy Carter, the worst president in American history, has no just cause to launch his verbal flatulence at anyone. What a loser!
-Matt

Jimmy Carter said nothing about Bush. He never identified anyone as the blame. He only described the trials and tribulations of the Kings and of the "Black faces". Is it so apparent, even to you right wing bigots that you immediately identify your president with racism? As the old adage says, "If the shoe fits wear it".
-John J

From what I saw of the King funeral it seemed to me that the only person that did not belong there was Bush. The right wing noise machine speaking points today are about accusing the Democrats of politicizing the funeral, but really... who was the only one there just for the photo op? Who was the only one there that does not speak for minorities and the underpriveleged? WAKE UP YOU PROPAGANDA ZOMBIES!!! YOU WILL BE THE DOWNFALL OF THIS GREAT NATION IF YOU DON'T START USING YOUR BRAINS.
-Jack R

The evil coming out of this administration is incredible. The right wing smear machine rears it's ugly head again, as usual. All present at the King funeral have worked tirelessly to make life better for us all, except for Bush. Bush is only concerned with making life better for billionaires. How many of you fit into that category?
-Jim

The mainstream media talks about Bush being attacked at Correta King's funeral by Carter and other liberals. All I saw was standing ovation after standing ovation. Could it be that Bush is not quite as popular as when he has a screened audience with no opposing views? Could it be that his unpopular administration is evidenced by people who are not afraid to speak the truth? It's not so pretty when every word and question is scripted. I'll bet he's sorry someone sent him to the funeral for a photo op; and I'll bet someone gets his ass kicked for it too. Just don't try to place the blame on those who are sympathetic with the King movement.
-AC

If this situation is similar to the Wellstone funeral, many of the comments here are not based on the commentor's actual experience, but on hearsay from a radio personality who probably didn't actually see the funeral either. In my opinion, President Carter's remarks were appropriate and relevant to the life of Mrs. King. Here's the portion of his eulogy that's in question: "The struggle for equal rights is not over. We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, those who were most devastated by Katrina, to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans.... It was difficult for them personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretapping, other surveillance, and as you know, harassment from the FBI."
-Reuel