Thursday, October 12, 2006

Big Lie Lamont

The Moose decries the big lie.

He is spending the family fortune and he is getting nowhere. And now, negative Ned Lamont's campaign is resorting to worst sort of gutter politics. The Hartford Courant,

"...former state Treasurer Henry E. Parker had questioned Lieberman's oft-cited civil rights history as he and other black leaders endorsed Lamont."I'm saying that my view is there's no evidence of what he's done. Let him prove that he's been there," Parker said at a press conference attended by Lamont...

"Lamont stood with Parker and other members of the Connecticut Federation of Black Democratic Clubs as they endorsed Lamont and released an open letter to Lieberman. The letter disputed a television ad that recounts his civil rights involvement.The Lamont campaign paid for 300 to 400 copies of the open letter in which the federation said that it was "offended by your television ad which claims you were an advocate for African Americans' first class citizenship and as such you marched for our civil rights."

Lamont is now desperately attempting to backtrack from his supporter's comments. But, Negative Ned can run, but he can't hide. Perhaps, Ned should salute Joe's vigorous fight for civil rights instead of standing by while his surrogate slanders it.

For Negative Ned's edification, here is an excerpt from the Yale newspaper that details Joe's efforts in the struggle for civil rights,

"But his most famous editorials included a piece titled "An Explanation: Why I Go to Mississippi," written immediately preceding a much-publicized trip Lieberman took to Jackson, Miss., in late October 1963, and another which ran roughly a month later on the impact of President John F. Kennedy's death.

"In the fall of his senior year, Lieberman was part of a sizeable contingent of Yalies who trekked down to Jackson, Miss., to lend a hand to organizations like Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, who hoped to advance the civil rights movement underway in the South.

"In the editorial outlining his reasons for traveling to the Deep South, Lieberman called what he and others would be doing "American," stating, "I am going to Mississippi because I feel that my presence, as a white man, can indicate to Negro Mississippians that there are white men -- whose insides burn with anxiety and guilt when they consider the way in which other white men have sought to rob the black man of his humanity."

Upon arriving at the project headquarters in Jackson, the students assisted in staging a mock vote in which blacks cast ballots for Aaron Henry, who was barred from the official election for governor because he was black. The goal was to amass more votes for the unofficial candidate than the official victor, Paul B. Johnson Jr. Prompted by civil rights activists Allard Lowenstein, the well-known Congressman and one-time dean of Stanford University, and Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, the students' voyage to the South represented Northern sympathies for the struggle and has been tied to Lieberman's name ever since.

"Saxonhouse, an economics professor at the University of Michigan, was one of the students who drove the roughly 25 hours to Mississippi and said the scope of the project would not have been possible without Lieberman...

"Howard Gillette Jr. '64, who was managing editor at the News under Lieberman, said the two-week voter rights campaign was progressive, but not radical. Lieberman's careful negotiation between respect for the status quo and a yearning for improvement through progressive action followed the future senator through his early political career in New Haven and Connecticut, Gillette said.

Joe challenged [the establishment] in some ways and embraced it in others," said Gillette, now a history professor at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. "He had to navigate those shoals and he did it quite well."

Negative Ned should hang his head in shame. While Joe has a long history of fighting for the rights of the persecuted, Ned can only persecute the truth.

Apologize Ned.
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