Speaking truth to power

by Steve, February 7th, 2006

politicsWith George Bush in the audience for Coretta Scott King’s funeral, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowry let it rip.

“We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there,” he said, prompting a standing ovation. “But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor.”

You can see a short video at ThinkProgress.org.

Errin Haines, in an AP story, noted that Lowry’s quote was a “takeoff on a line from a Stevie Wonder song. The comment drew head shakes from Bush and his father as they sat behind the pulpit.”

The president’s budget is a disgrace, in case you haven’t been paying attention. Billions slashed from popular programs for the poor. Tax cuts for the rich. Phantom revenue from proposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And still an enormous defecit.