From this Sunday's Meet the Press, apparently the panel on this week's show -- which was criticizing the level of poverty, income disparity, lack up upward mobility and the fact that Congress has us gridlocked and won't help with job creation -- was just too terribly negative for Rep. Raul Labrador for him to let their comments go without criticizing them for it. I guess they weren't spending enough time chanting "USA! USA! USA! We're the greatest country on the planet!" to suit him.
LABRADOR: I spent the last 24 hours, I watched Martin Luther King's speech three times over the last 24 hours. And it was fantastic.
And the rhetoric that he used, the words that he used, and the message that he used was the message of hope. And unfortunately, what I've been hearing from your panelists is not a message of hope. It's a message of despair. And I think we need our leadership to actually be more hopeful.
He got plenty of push back on his revisionist history from a few of them, but that didn't stop him from getting another shot in with more of it just before he went off the air:
LABRADOR: We're still the greatest nation on the earth. If you listen to what Martin Luther King talked about, he talked about making sure that we were not bitter about what was happening in America, but that we had hope. It was a beautiful speech. And I think that the leadership, or the African American leadership needs to start thinking about that hope that Martin Luther King gave us instead of trying to get the community to think that everything is hopeless and without a future. I think when we tell our young people that in America they cannot succeed anymore, you will see more and more young people not succeeding. And what we need to do is tell them that they can succeed.
Maybe if Labrador and his fellow TeaBirchers in the Congress gave them a reason to believe our political leaders haven't lost their damned minds and want to put the priorities of working Americans ahead of the rich for once, they'd have more of a reason to be hopeful. As Labrador explained, he was given an opportunity to take advantage of what this country had to offer in upward mobility and the chance of making a better life for yourself if you grew up in poverty, but he's sure doing his best along with his fellow Republicans to make sure that today's children don't have those same opportunities as well.
I hate to break it to you Congressman, but complaining about how you and your ilk have governed not the cause of the problem, it's a symptom. And if enough people raise their voices and go out and vote, it's part of a cure.
I'll just wrap things up with something Joan Walsh posted on Twitter:
Rev. Raul Labrador closes @meetthepress with the same condescension as the moderators showed Roy Wilkins and Dr. King 50 years ago
I assume she meant Rep. Labrador, but anyway, ain't that the truth?
Full transcript below the fold.