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They'll never admit rebel flag-waving Kanye West was wrong about George W. Bush

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Let's do a rewind back to 2005. Hurricane Katrina had just devastated America's Gulf Coast states. When levees around the city of New Orleans burst, the city flooded.

The president at the time was one George W. Bush. When the Federal Emergency Management Agency was slow to respond in helping the New Orleans victims of Katrina, many of the more irresponsible elements in the land charged racism.

One of them was a then-28-year-old rapper named Kanye West. In front of a nationwide television audience, West boldly proclaimed, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

You’d have thought Hurricane Katrina — after being conjured up by that evil racist George W. Bush – made landfall looking explicitly for black victims. But West’s comment sent liberals into their version of liberal heaven.

West became, at that moment, everything liberals — especially black liberals — hoped for: A man unafraid to call that racist George W. Bush a racist.

And they didn’t let facts get in their way, either, not that they ever do. Bush didn’t just appoint the first black secretary of state; he appointed the first two black secretaries of state.

He also appointed the first black national security advisor and had one of the most diverse Cabinets in American history.

Still, black liberals took West unto their bosom and proclaimed their undying devotion and love for him. Why? Because West — in that cringe-inducing phrase black liberals love — had “spoken truth to power.”

When black liberals say someone has “spoken truth to power,” you can rest assured that the speaker hasn’t uttered the truth at all.

What the speaker has done is give his or her — usually uninformed — opinion to any unfortunate soul that happens to be within earshot.

Those who were more grounded in reality back in 2005 dismissed West as an idiot then. Our conviction was confirmed four years later, when he made — in President Obama’s words — a “jackass” of himself by interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance of her MTV Video Music Award.

Now let’s fast forward to 2013. What do those black liberals so enamored of, and gaga over, West in 2005 have to say now?

West now proudly rocks the Confederate flag on some of his attire. Here’s his justification, according to news reports:

“React how you want. Any energy is good energy. You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it.

"So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag. Now what are you going to do?”

What, indeed, are black liberals going to do? West’s Confederate flag comment is every bit as ignorant and addle-brained as his comments about Bush and Swift.

West was wrong in 2005, wrong in 2009 and wrong now. But here’s what black liberals aren’t going to do. No matter how they react to West’s comments about the Confederate flag, they will never admit he was wrong about Bush in 2005.

Just as crack addicts need their rock, black liberals need to believe all Republicans and conservatives are racist, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary.

So, in the year 2000, the NAACP Voter Education Fund can run an “issue ad” implying that then-presidential candidate Bush supported lynching.

And Julian Bond, then board chairman of the NAACP — technically a separate organization from the NAACP Voter Education Fund, but take that knowledge with a “wink, wink” — can defend the “issue ad” as the truth.

New York Rep. Charles Rangel — in a fit of demagoguery that hasn’t been matched since — can compare Bush to Eugene “Bull” Connor, the notorious public safety commissioner in early 1960s Birmingham, Ala., who used police dogs and fire hoses against civil rights demonstrators.

For black liberals, one lie about Republicans and conservatives is as good as another, even a lie told by “Mr. Speaks Truth To Power.”

GREGORY KANE, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.
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