On Wednesday America will celebrate the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King gave perhaps his most famous speech. It's been 50 years since we first heard "I have a Dream" and yet the nation continues to struggle with many issues of the past. Yet it's unfair to the country to suggest the intensity of those problems are the same.
In fact, from time to time we should take a break from finger pointing and demands to pat ourselves on the back and applaud the evolution of a country that made "a more perfect union" its goal.
We must also be careful that people that never liked the idea of a nation built on individual achievement that makes the sum significantly greater than the whole use our unfinished business as a wedge to further separate the nation in an effort to remake it a collective that frowns upon ambition, wealth, and individual success.
The march in 1963 was for jobs and freedom-and today there are too few jobs and our freedoms are under attack.
We take many of these things for granted and often forget the foundation of blood, sweat, and tears that made America great. These days many are saying wealth is part of the public domain and therefore should be divvied up as such. This message sounds good to people working jobs that seem to have no future, low pay and low esteem. The message sounds good to people who want to work but can't find a job in this gridlocked economy. The message sounds good to people that think the rich only get richer at the expense of those that are not rich.