The spectacle of the pro-Obama rally yesterday, disguised insufficiently as a tribute to one of America’s civil rights heroes, was rife with an undercurrent of unintentional irony. After all, it was the Democrat Party that led the Confederacy in the Civil War, opposed the civil rights legislation throughout the 20th Century, and used the federal government to intimidate would-be civil rights activists. The event, however, did awaken a renewed interest in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. for many Americans. One line, above all else, from his 1963 Address at the Lincoln Memorial speaks today as a testament to Liberalism’s callous, and repeated, failings in the black community.
The string of speakers yesterday were darlings of the Left. Organizers even felt it necessary to exclude the Nation’s only black US Senator, because before his name is the letter “R”. Despite the fact that the Democrat party supported the KKK, instituted Jim Crow laws, fought for “separate but equal” segregation laws, and opposed Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, They felt only their champions could bring justice to the day’s events. Apparently if you don’t tow the Party line, you’re no friend to their interpretation of MLK’s Dream.
Standing before a crowd that had clamored for a message of hope, and individual rights, Dr. King rang out the warning, that “We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a small ghetto to a larger one.” A half century later, it would seem Liberalism has successfully managed to contain the Negro in the slums of Chicago, New York, LA, and Detroit. In America’s most liberal cities, the black community lives with violence, crime and poverty unmatched throughout most of the rest of the nation.
It seems appropriate then, to ask the question, what has happened to King’s Dream?
I also had a dream for America. I had a dream that one day this nation would 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." Alas, the Democrat Party has convinced much of the nation that such a creed is not possible in today’s America. Minorities, according to the Modern American Left, are incapable of achievement without the helpful hand of government. Black men and women, according to the Democrat Party, can only find prosperity through the use of Food stamps, urban housing programs, and affirmative action programs in federally funded higher education
“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” And yet we live instead in a nation where the Liberally-inclined media uses the term “white-Hispanic” in their racially sensationalized news coverage. We also live in a nation where dozens of black children are shot every week in the war zone of Chicago without so much as a whisper on the nightly national news, or from the first “white-black” President in American history.
Most of America has a dream. It is the same Dream that King articulated so emotionally 50 years ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And the progressive brand of Obama’s Democrat Party has spent the last fifty years suffocating this dream under empty promises and government programs. Just like the plantation owners of the pre-war south, the Modern Democrat Party promises black America a roof, food, and protection from the risks of freedom. . . And the brave few who dare to champion the forgotten cause of individualism are ridiculed among the Left; called traitors to their race; and are said to not know their proper place – as voters in the Democrat plantation.
Beyond the hypocrisy, the message that was absent from yesterday’s commercialized remembrance of King’s speech, was by far his most important message. Our rights, as King Preached, are not gifts given to us by the government. Our prosperity should not hinge on a governor’s attitude, or the President’s signature, but on our own initiative; for only without the oppressive hand of government will men and women of any race be able to say those powerful words that closed Martin Luther King’s historic speech:
Free at Last. Free at Last. Thank God Almighty, I am Free at Last.”