"...the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. . . But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding.
Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee -- the cry is always the same: 'We want to be free.'"
--The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Ever see the picture of King at the Monteagle, Tenn. Highlander Folk School?. He had an interesting person sitting next to him. The speaker was also interesting. Most idiots know nothing about it or his other associations.
Dr. Cornel West called Barack Obama unworthy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s bible, which the president used during his second inauguration into office.
The philosopher and professor at Princeton University said that he has problems with some of Obama's policies.
West called it “morally obscene and spiritually profane” to spend $6 billion on an election and not have any kind of national conversation about the major problems the country faces.
“Poverty, stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well,” he said. “No talk about drones dropping bombs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse.”
He said that King would not approve of much of modern America, or what Obama has not done to change during his first four years in office. Based on King’s past speeches, West insisted that Obama has a long way to go before he is worthy of MLK’s Bible.
What would MLK say about the drones on the precious brothers and sisters in Pakistan, and Somalia, and Yemen. Those are war crimes Martin Luther King, Jr., what would you say?”
Cornell West makes some good points--he always does--but his solutions are often far to the left of what I see as solutions. In particular I do want to see money taken out of politics, and the use of drones for extra-judicial killings has gone to far.
I suppose by posting this you agree with West that campaign reform focused on corporate money and wealthy donors should be a priority and that even people whom we consider terrorists should be afforded basic human rights.
I'm surprised to see someone like you supporting Cornell West, fake ricky. I suppose you also agree with his comments about the Tea Party? That it is misguided, not moral enough, too supportive of the corporate system, and not concerned with the poor or the middle class?
Dr. Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King-"Obama’s support of abortion, same-sex marriage, and free contraception under his unpopular Obamacare reform is difficult to reconcile with my uncle's legacy as a man of God"
“I really hope that when the president — and those who handle the Bible — I hope they just, even if they just accidentally slip it open, to where it says ‘choose life,’ or ‘God hates the shedding of innocent blood’ or something like that, I’m hoping it will just reverberate, shake them up a little bit,” said King, a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries.
We are less free under Obama
Obama has removed religious freedom by forcing those who oppose abortions to fund it through Obamacare.
Obama is leading the attack on our second amendment rights.
Obama has attacked our Freedom of speech - Obama took on the role of censor-in-chief. Days after the Benghazi attack, the administration told YouTube to take down the video in question and had the person responsible for the video arrested and to this day he still remains in jail without any formal charges. The president took it upon himself to determine what should be removed from the Internet — just as Vladimir Putin or the Chinese government might.
Actually the MLK Day celebration that I attended was quite nice. It was the 9th annual MLK Day breakfast sponsored by the Austin College and Grayson County Rotary groups.
There were prayers, speeches about the legacy of Dr. King, some choral singing, and the pancakes were pretty good too.
I had several conversations with folks who had been around during those days, and we got to reminisce about the good times and bad.
For me MLK Day has and I hope will always be a day of healing and retrospective thought, because during these days of devisive rhetoric and polorization, people need just a little time to sit down together and enjoy a good pancake.
Hope yours was just as nice.
"In your heart you know he is right"
I don't thinks so, fake ricky #2.
"Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed. . .
America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together."
--Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of America, Jan. 21, 2013.