Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later had his name changed to Martin, to honor his grandfather.
On August 28, 1963, he directed the peaceful march on Washington, D.C., climaxed by his delivering of an address titled “l Have a Dream”, to 250,000 Americans, in front of the Lincoln Memorial:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
Also during those years…
He conferred with President John F. Kennedy and campaigned for President Lyndon B. Johnson; he was arrested upwards of twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees; was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963; and became not only the symbolic leader of American blacks but also a world figure.
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
On The New Yorker Magazine’s website this weekend, is a nice bit of propaganda titled : “Going the Distance…On and Off the Road With Barack Obama”. In this fluff piece, you will find the following paragraph:
Obama’s election was one of the great markers in the black freedom struggle. In the electoral realm, ironically, the country may be more racially divided than it has been in a generation. Obama lost among white voters in 2012 by a margin greater than any victor in American history. The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country. Obama’s drop in the polls in 2013 was especially grave among white voters. “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” Obama said. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.” The latter group has been less in evidence of late.
It seems to me that President Obama’s philosophy seems to be the anti-thesis of what Dr. King was speaking about in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on that day so long ago.
Whereas Dr. King was envisioning a day where his children would be judged by the content of their character, President Obama, and his fawning sycophants in the Democrat Party and the Main Street Media believe that we should ignore his incompetency and give him high marks for simply being America’s first Black President.
Dr. King sought to be a Uniter. President Obama is a Divider.
On November 4, 2013, another famous American (who just happens to be Black), the distinguished Former Congressman Lt. Col. Allen West, wrote the following in an Op Ed for The Washington Times:
..Could it be that Obama believes he possesses the ultimate get-out-of-jail-free card?
As the first African-American president, Obama was supposed to represent a new era in race relations in our nation. America sought this historic moment as a means to cleanse itself of the horrors of its past, and it has provided him a cover that he, the Democratic Party and the mainstream media have all exploited.
When the Democrats introduced Barack Hussein Obama, a young man from Chicago, to America at the DNC convention in 2004, it was part of a grand strategy. The progressive socialists who have commandeered Democrat party knew that only with a carefully crafted image could they advance their ideology and agenda. America fell for it eagerly, electing the most liberal — that is, the most leftist, socialist — man in the Senate to the White House.
The get-out-of-jail-free card then was Obama’s skin color, and it remains so today. How often is criticism of failed policies met with cries of racism? Last week many commentators struggled not to say that Obama lied to the American people, but even the Washington Post couldn’t hide the fact.
Obama was not reelected by running on his record but by being “likeable,” and by demonizing his opposition and again. Americans, albeit by a slim majority, decided failed policies didn’t matter; abandoning Americans to die in a terrorist attack didn’t matter; deception and lying didn’t matter.
So, why are we surprised that in the first year of his second term we are getting more of the same?
The media and so many others have expended every effort to provide cover for Obama and his faults, policy failures, unconstitutional actions, and lies. The president is fully aware, and his arrogance and disdain for accountability are rooted in his recognition that America lacks the intestinal fortitude to hold him accountable, because of his skin color — his personal political get-out-of-jail-free card.
Sadly, not enough Americans paid heed to Dr. Martin Luther King’s hope that we would be a nation to judge not by the color of one’s skin, but by the content of one’s character. We are now at the risk of seeing our Republic being fundamentally transformed because we wanted to celebrate a historic moment.
As I wrap up today’s blog, allow me to share a vivid memory, of a life ended way too soon:
It’s the night of April 4, 1968. A 9 (and almost 1/2) year old boy is watching a program on a black and white television set in his home in the mid-town area of Memphis, Tennessee. Suddenly, the screen changes to the Civil Defense logo and he hears a voice saying:
Will all members of the National Guard, please report to the Armory and all police and fire personnel please report to their stations.
Normal programming resumed. Then, all of the sudden, or so it seemed, President Lyndon Baines Johnson came on the television saying:
I come to you tonight with a heavy heart…
And everything changed.
However, some things have not.
It still comes down to the content of one’s character.
Until He Comes,