To those of us with a knowledge of history Barack Obama is a pretentious flim-flam man and graffiti “artist”, who scratches and defaces the memorials built to honor truly great men. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King (today is Martin Luther King day) were not pretenders, they were great men worthy of the honors and respect paid to them.
Abraham Lincoln, as we have written since April 2007, was a man fully engaged in the issues of his time. Whether on tarriffs, the Mexican War, slavery and its abolition, new states admitted to the Union, and economic development of the nation growing into an eventual continental power, Abraham Lincoln was fully engaged and fully experienced well before he ran for president. Abraham Lincoln was elected president because he participated fully in the debates of his day and cared about the ordinary American.
Martin Luther King was also fully engaged in the issues of his time. At 27 years of age, Martin Luther King initiated the Montgomery bus boycott which led to the desegregation of that public transportation system. At 35 Martin Luther King became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Martin Luther King was assasinated as he campaigned for labor rights and economic betterment of sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Economic bondage in a city named “Memphis” echoed from the Egyptian Memphis, the ancient land of captivity.
Even as he sacrificed to make the lives of sanitation workers in Memphis better, Martin Luther King was also organizing the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign continued King’s great engagement in the issues of the day.
Barack Obama has had no concern nor engagement in the issues of the day. Barack Obama’s involvement with the poor is best defined by his contempt for his freezing constituents and his courtship of the callous and corrupt powerful.
Many Democrats, like us, never accepted the legitimacy of George W. Bush due to the, yes, stolen election in 2000. Many of our fellow Americans did accept George W. Bush as legitimate regardless of how the Supreme Court twisted the results in Florida. We suspect those are the very same Americans who will celebrate or shrug in resignation tomorrow. At the time of our dissent George W. Bush stood in high standing with Americans hopeful for the future.
We will not be celebrating tomorrow nor will we shrug in resignation, nor will we cease to point to history, particularly the primary election history of Barack Obama. After all, we believe that History Is A Teacher.
So today, and tomorrow, we will stand side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King – in dissent.
And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.
Dr. King spoke regarding a distant war but his was a call to engagement and action. We as Americans will remain engaged in the issues of the day.
Hillary Clinton was one of those that decades ago heard Dr. King and fully engaged in the issue of the day. On Saturday the Martin Luther King Center honored Hillary Clinton.
U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton was lauded as a champion of social and racial justice at the King Center’s “Salute to Greatness” dinner Saturday in Atlanta. [snip]
“It’s not just remembering and celebrating; we must also act,” Clinton told the audience of 1,000 people. “Until every vote is counted and every American has health insurance and jobs, then it is up to all of us. As we commemorate MLK Day, we are called upon to treat this day as a day of service. We all have a part to play.”
Isaac Farris Jr., president of the King Center, lauded Clinton for her leadership, humanitarianism and “as a champion of needed social reforms.”
“Sen. Clinton has worked tirelessly throughout her career to advance racial justice, child welfare and health security for all Americans and human rights worldwide,” Farris said in prepared remarks.
Hillary Clinton has chosen to continue on her lifelong path to better the lives of Americans. We wish her well.
Hillary Clinton remains fully engaged in the issues of the day and Americans are increasingly grateful for her hard work on our behalf.
Hillary Clinton, like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King before her, has led a fully engaged life on behalf of ordinary Americans.
As in 2000, many Americans will shut down their critical faculties tomorrow, shrug in resignation and accept the unacceptable.
Joyfully, for us Hillary is 44 – we’ll accept no substitutes.