Sunday, January 18, 2009


Forty Years since the assassination of Martin Luther King,Jr. doesn't seem possible. I remember that night as clearly as if were yesterday. But I'm sure that Dr. King would not want time squandered on reminiscing, for he was a man of action and a man of peace. What would Martin say about the current situation in America today. America again finds herself in a war that it did not need to fight and a war that it will find difficult to win and difficult to leave. To quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Speech, Beyond Vietnam given on April 4, 1967 in New York, N.Y. "I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together, Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. The recent statements of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart, and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam. " Sourced from MLK Online

As Martin King realized that silence was not acceptable during the Viet Nam conflict, so too now, in the example of Dr. King it is time to break the American Silence about the current conflict in Iraq. American again finds herself with great inequalities, not based just on race, but more based on class. Just as the oppressors used race in the sixties, now class is being used. The middle class is disappearing because of the policies that now favor the super wealthy over the rest of the populace. Yes Dr. King would speak out about this path to two classes in America. Dr. King would have seen the danger in an Ultra Wealthy Class and service class. Martin King would be speaking out about over 50 million American Families without affordable health care access. Dr. King would be speaking out against usury of the working class by Corporate Banks. And Martin Luther King, Jr. would without a doubt be speaking out against the low graduation rates that has taken hold across the Country since this Administration has taken over America.

Forty years seems like an instant and like an eternity at the same time. When it seems like forty years was an eternity ago, one just has to look around and see that the problems that existed then, again exist today, sometimes camouflaged and sometimes blatantly. The American landscape today, lacks a galvanizing leader like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. but we must never let The United States of America lack direction, for America is the Greatest experiment of Human Civilization. The Experiment that we call America was established by men with foresight, men that knew that is must be a dynamic, ever changing Republic. A Republic that will always be able to save itself by the will, influence and actions of her People.

Just as Martin King stood up and revealed his dream, it is the duty of every American to stand up and restore the dream of democracy and human rights, equality and justice to the parchments called the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of The United States of America, the blueprints of this great human experiment of civilization. I Have A Dream Speech Audio

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