Former ambassador Carol Moseley Braun distinguished herself from the big pile of
Democratic candidates for the White House bashing Bush over the “quagmire” in Iraq in a nationally televised debate by apparently reaching out to the politically correct, historical revisionist crowd.
In response to the moderator’s questions regarding the president’s recent request for $87 billion for U.S. forces to finish the job in Afghanistan and Iraq, the presidential hopefuls accused the president of rushing into war and, as a result, making America more vulnerable to the threat of terrorism.
Former Illinois Sen. Braun placed blame on her rivals who voted in favor of the congressional resolution for war last October, saying they “abdicated” their responsibility by giving the president “the right to go on a free-for-all.”
As a result, she said Bush “frittered away our international goodwill” and has since been “spending money like a drunken sailor.”
Braun also noted that Washington is now in the awkward position of having to go back to countries that were opposed to the war to seek help in financing the post-war effort.
While these comments by Braun made their way into several published reports of the 90-minute debate at Baltimore’s Morgan State University last night, her apparent stump for the PC vote was overlooked.
In one of her remarks, Braun tripped on the word “forefathers” as if censoring herself midstream before choosing the replacement word “ancestors.”
“This is not the country my fore– ancestors fought for,” she declared.
Braun’s self-censoring mirrors the growing trend among lawmakers and educators to cave in to the demands of lobbyists.
The Los Angeles Times reported in May that many states – particularly California – employ panels of “bias and sensitivity” reviewers to
examine school textbooks and remove possibly offensive words, passages or pictures.
Despite the fact that the Founding Fathers of the Constitution were all men, “Founding Fathers” was deemed to be sexually biased. Leading publisher Houghton Mifflin said it opted instead for the terms “Founders” and “Framers” in response to California’s requirements for “gender-neutral vocabulary” in its American history books.
Other publishers acknowledge what critics assail as historical distortion and attribute the revisions to “political market considerations.”
“I would not go so far as to call it censorship. But certainly there are changes made and content is added – and in some cases subtracted,” Stephen Driesler, executive director of the school division of the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C., told the Times. “We produce the books that the customers want.”
California represents a big customer, spending nearly $400 million a year on
Braun’s avoidance of the word “forefathers” was likely an effort to be mindful of her political backers. Last month, the underdog candidate received endorsements from
the National Organization for Women and the National Women’s Political Caucus.
A press release announcing the endorsements detailed how supporters cheered her as she said: “Not only is a woman’s place in the House and the Senate, it is in the White House, too.”
“I am determined to try to rebuild and renew this country in ways that will build community and level the playing field,” Braun said in her closing remarks. “To me, that means making certain that the fight to preserve our civil liberties is waged, making certain the fight against discrimination is waged, making certain that women have opportunity in this country.”
Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 and the first permanent woman member of the Finance Committee, a member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and a member of the Special Committee on Aging. After losing her reelection bid in 1998, President Clinton named her special consultant to the Department of Education on school construction.
She also served as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand until 2000. Since, she has taught law and political science at Morris Brown College and DePaul University and managed a business law practice and worked as a consultant in Chicago.
In his assessment of the debate, Fox News Channel’s political analyst Mort Kondracke said Braun “looks irrelevant.”