King was born in the deep South in the middle of poverty, attended segregated public schools and graduated from Morehouse College, a Negro institution. He saw a nation sorely divided and devoted his life to uniting it. Obama was born into relative affluence in Hawaii, attended private schools and graduated from Harvard. He saw the nation King fought to unite and proceeded to polarize it. King fought for equal opportunity for everyone, a decidedly conservative notion. Obama strives to equalize wealth, a decidedly socialist notion. King had a dream. King’s dream was of a color blind America where all men would be judged by their character and not by the color of their skin. Obama also has a dream. His dream is from his father whose vision was of a utopian world without a superpower he deemed to be oppressive.
Where King sought healing, Obama seeks reparations. King sought to transform America he saw by ridding the nation of segregation and racism. Obama has vowed to transform America but has never revealed exactly how he Hopes to Change it.
Martin Luther King is rightly honored by a holiday. If Barack Hussein Obama gets a postage stamp it will be enough.
The heart of the speech starts at the 12 minute point. You can skip to it, but do so only if you must. Or go here for a shorter portion of the speech ( and better audio).
Panelists, speaking to an all black audience, fan the flames against whitey with these thoughts and remarks. Panelist Bakewell -“I will not turn the education of my children over to another class of people because, many times, they come back hating me.” If blacks are not seen working on a construction project the project should be shut down. Al Sharpton – “They don’t want to deal with us.” [ Sharpton forgets, “they” elected a black man President]. Sharpton again – The reason Obama’s approval rating is declining is because the [white] media is trying to split us by pitting blacks against blacks (paraphrased). A member of the audience is given the microphone – He pleads for a leader to rise up dedicated to fighting the Tea Party which the speaker sees as ripe with racism. These leaders are not exercising the art of of healing. They are practicing the profession of community organizing, Alinsky style.
“When those in the status quo turn and label you an agitator, they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function – to agitate to the point of conflict.” Rules for Radicals, sixth chapter – In the Beginning, by Saul Alinsky
Today we honor Martin Luther King. He was the right man at the right time. His death was a tragedy; his birth was a blessing; he earned he birthday we celebrate each spring. Today we remember him on the 45th anniversary of his “I have a dream” speech given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
His dream was of a color blind America where a man would be judged by his character, not the color of his skin. We had come a long way toward fulfillment, and then progress was slowed to a crawl by the two opportunistic perpetuaters, Jackson and Sharpton. But the real spoiler of King’s dream is Barack Obama.
If by some turn of events, Colin Powell were seated at the White House, and not Barack Obama, this country would not be experiencing the current growth in the racial divide.
I was 23 years old in 1965, white and living in the North but I remember segregation very well. I do hope you will take the time to watch and listen to Martin Luther King and “I have a dream”.