For Georgia Congressman John Lewis it is, and always will be, 1965. He’s too emotionally invested in it to let it go. He’s Horatio at the Selma Bridge. Jim Crow stalks the South. Bull Connor is still police chief in Birmingham. Lester Maddox is still passing out axe handles.
There’s much banging on now among the chatteratti about Lewis’s absurd remark that Donald Trump is not a legitimate president because the Russians mucked about in the DNC’s emails. This is just the last of a long line of ridiculous things Lewis has said over recent years and has been given a pass on because he was a “hero of the civil rights movement,” a great moral cause of a half-century ago which, to the nation’s great credit, succeeded. Jim Crow has been run out of town, and only a few quacks and shut-ins want the sumbitch back. Having black skin is no longer a bar to leading a successful and fulfilled life in America, as it was at one time, though dishonest cynics on the political and cultural left, including Lewis, continue to insist this is still the case.
We can appreciate John Lewis for the heroic things he did in the past. Things that needed to be done. But he’s stuck in a half-century old time-bubble and there’s not the least reason to pay attention to the silly things he says in the present. Of course the silly things he says now are what the mainstream media and Democrats want to hear. So this formerly heroic but now pathetic man will continue to have a public stage. Too bad for him. Too bad for us.
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