Whoopi Goldberg’s Despicable Performance, by Mychal Massie

“Values is not part of a political slogan. Values are what’s inside you.” With that comment, presidential hopeful John Kerry launched into another diatribe about what sets him apart from President George W. Bush.

No one’s ever accused Kerry of being the brightest bulb in the box, but one would think him politically savvy enough to reconsider his values in the aftermath of his recent Radio City Music Hall fundraiser featuring comedienne Whoopi Goldberg. In that case, it seemed to be hubris before intelligence.

In front of an ardently liberal crowd, Goldberg spewed forth vulgar, sexually-explicit comparisons between the President and female genitalia. While she was by no means the only maniac from Hollywood bent on besting one another’s obscenities, hers were the most deplorable.

At the conclusion of the sewage-filled evening, Kerry told the audience it had been “an extraordinary evening” and “every performer… [had] conveyed… the heart and soul of our country.” Kerry’s foolish and base support of such filth is profoundly offensive.

What type of future does Kerry envision for America if he applauds the rawest of trash as “the heart and soul of our country”? How does he view voters, his church, the family and education if he postulates those things as “values inside you”? To laughingly support an extraordinarily tasteless and vulgar public display such as Goldberg’s, one must ask not only how Kerry views the office of the president, but exactly what respect has he for himself.

It’s one thing to attack President Bush based on his ideas, but Kerry – being seemingly void of any – simply engages in ipse dixit. He accuses, but he never supports his accusations with facts. Nor does he offer viable alternatives.

It is perfectly acceptable for the liberal elites to attack the President with facts and valid objections. But it is base and immoral to do so with lies, filth and empty promises. It’s insulting that their best reason to remove President Bush is their visceral hatred of him. Where is the substance in that platform? Where is the substance in comments by actress Jessica Lange, who called the Bush Administration, “a self-serving regime of deceit, hypocrisy and belligerence”?

It’s amazing that Lange and her ilk see nothing wrong with former president Bill Clinton’s sexual abuse and the abuse of authority pursuant to the Monica Lewinsky investigation. They saw nothing wrong with Clinton’s blatant finger-wagging or having lawmakers blindly – and foolishly – support him in lying to the country. They saw nothing wrong with the way he disrespected and shamed his child, his wife and another human being. Yet they see everything wrong with President Bush protecting us from the terror that Clinton should have confronted.

Paul Newman claimed the President’s tax cuts are “borderline criminal.” Based on what, pray tell? Not everyone is as filthy rich as he is – many warm to the idea of government giving back their money.

Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards, also lauded Goldberg’s debauchery. He said the fall campaign “will be a celebration of real American values.” America should be asking: On what level.

What’s most offensive about that night, however, is the liberal elites’ tacit use of a foolish black woman. Of all the people to behave so unrepresentative of American values, Goldberg’s actions are a disgrace to the black community. With the support of that audience, she shamed an entire class of Americans who fought to overcome Jim Crowism and its overt hatred.

Is Whoopi Goldberg’s performance what MLK died for? Is it representative of the spirit of Frederick Douglas or George Washington Carver or black performers who were sometimes forbidden to perform and usually not allowed to stay where they performed? Is Goldberg’s ugliness what they suffered for?

Is Goldberg’s monkey show before the liberal organ grinders why people suffered beatings, fire hoses and dogs for?

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