Michael Schaus

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

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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