Back in the old Soviet Union, dictator Josef Stalin used to receive long and enthusiastic standing ovations from assembled party and government officials. The reason was quite obvious -- their lives depended on it.
Yes, that's right -- one was not permitted to stop the applause until given permission.
So Bill Cosby's recent comments on those who failed to enthusiastically applaud Barack Obama at his recent State of the Union address certainly do have precedent.
Host Soledad O’Brien was leading a panel discussion about the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, the anniversary of which was marked by about 10,000 marchers this weekend, and she remembered a symbolic example of the contrast between progress and repression. “I read about you, at the same time the fight for rights in the South was going on,” she said, to Cosby, “you were on the verge of winning an Emmy award. First black man – in 1966 you would win an Emmy award. And the show, I Spy, was banned in the South.”
“Just a couple of stations,” Cosby replied, then turned to Congressman Mack, who had said something inaudible. “What did you say?
“It’s just hard to believe,” Rep. Connie Mack, joined by wife and fellow former Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), said. “It’s unbelievable.”
“I don’t think so,” Cosby shot back. “Not when you look at the President’s speech recently.”
Referring to President Obama‘s State of the Union Address, Cosby continued, “To see people sitting down when there are others standing and cheering. I think we have people sitting there who are as bad as the people who were against any kind of desegregation. And then in place of a better America, they want their own sick feelings put across, and it’s — it isn’t — it isn’t a good time, but I think, also on our part as professors and presidents of colleges all over, and in public schools, we need to get the education of the correct history that happened so people can say, ‘Yes, this really did happen.’”
Sorry, Comrade Cosby -- this is America, and no American is required to give vigorous and enthusiastic applause
Face it, Bill -- some of us do not like Obama and his policies. For most of us, his race is at most a peripheral issue. We didn't like Clinton or Carter, either -- and Obama is, in our eyes, less competent and pushing less acceptable policies than did either of those two Democrat predecessors. Sorry we don;'t feel a need to enthusiastically applaud him -- and will not do so even if you and his supporters implement a gulag system similar to that maintained by Stalin and his minions. So cut the Bill-shit about failing to enthusiastically embrace a man whose policies we despise being a sign of racism.