Monday, March 27, 2017

A Speech Revisited

I revisit MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech often. It is one of the greatest speeches in American history equal, in my opinion, to "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address." I cry when I hear it and post it today for justice. Justice is what progressives seek; not prize possessions nor great wealth and the privilege it engenders. My ire surrounds justice. It is not fair for now a congressional majority Party, the Republican Party, to encourage Jim Crow-like voter suppression for persons of color and not encourage voter inclusion for all. It is not fair for the leadership of that Party to encourage hacking of Democratic computers to, in essence, try to sway an election for one candidate and not the other. It is not right nor just to seek collusion with a totalitarian state and its authoritarian leader responsible for murders of his opposition. Justice is what I seek. Justice which should be a part of a nation whose Constitutional premise is: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice ..."

Listen to MLK's speech and make his plea all of our pleas. It is as Dr. King states the "fierce urgency of now" which commands the arc of freedom bend toward justice and not away from it. Listen, if need be again, to Dr. King's speech and if that speech does not motivate you to work in any way you can for justice then nothing I could ever say would.

It is a speech revisited because my goal is empathy for all human beings who sit in sunlight's shade; who through an accident of birth exist in poverty and the darkness of war. We can do better; we must do better and dare I say we will do better if man wants to exist and wants this planet to survive.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm



Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream Speech
Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech text and audio
americanrhetoric.com

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