Blackwell says GOP in disarray

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is challenging conservatives to be filled with what he calls the “fierce urgency of now.” Blackwell told activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, that they must be willing to admit that the party they call home has lost its moral and ethical compass.

“Wrecked with moral corruption, managerial incompetence, and — yes — public policy duplicity, there has been an abandonment of faith or fidelity to principle,” the Townhall.com columnist told the gathering.

Blackwell contends conservatives need to take back the national Republican Party. “There is a question that is asked in Psalm 11, verse 3 — ‘If the foundation be destroyed, what will the righteous do?'” he quoted. “Let me put that differently: If the foundation of American democracy and civilization be threatened or destroyed, what will we, as conservatives, do?”

Blackwell said conservatives need a “new dedication” to understand the difference they can make within the Republican Party.

 
  • The irony of him ripping off Martin Luther King is not lost on me. From his “Beyond Vietnam” speech on April 4th, 1967:

    “We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood-it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Khayyam is right: “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on.”

    We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.”

    Don’t shit on one of the greatest black leaders to ever live in your quest to become one of the sorriest, Ken. Don’t make feeble attempts to alter the context of what was a great line from a great man and speaker – something you are simply not. Am I allowed to say fuckwit here or will an observer tell me to breath deeply and be nice?

    I’d say any “fierce urgency of now” has absolutely zero to do with any conservative movement – especially given the context in which that phrase had been previously uttered. Fuckwit!

  • If you look, you’ll also find MLK also used it (maybe first) in his “I Have A Dream Speech”, but given the conservative support for the failed war in Iraq the “Beyond Vietnam” reference seemed more appropriate.

  • Well, we won’t debate the war in this thread as I think we can and still win.

    As for Blackeye Blacksmell – The man is a disgrace to the republican party.

    If you look at the election, you will notice he has no problem using others or throwing his own party members under the bus.

    In a John Kerryish way, Blackwell has no problem stepping on and using people to further his personal goals.

    If you look closer, many of his columns on Town Hall use other people’s words and portrays them to be his. Several times, as this, he has used them out of their original context.

    He is a phony!

    King

  • King, right on. We won’t debate the war. No need. Agree to disagree is the best thing to do. I don’t think we can win a war on terror any more than we can win a war against drugs or poverty. It’s the wrong method for all of these things. Doesn’t mean we don’t try alleviating the suffering inherent in all…just that war is not the right tool.

    Agreed on Ken. See? Bi-partisan distrust for political charlatans? Feels good, right?

  • I don’t think Kenny was talking about war supporters when he mentions ‘the righteous’. He is talking about anti-choice homophobes like himself.

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