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Making The Dream A Reality

Making the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. a reality.

I don’t know what it is like to be hated because of the color of my skin. I have never been asked to drink from a different fountain or to pick up my meal from the back door of the kitchen or to sit at the back of the bus. I may have had some struggles in my 40 years but I cannot name these among them.

Growing up white in the south, it has been a struggle for me to get my arms around the real history of the civil rights movement. I hear many who make claims that continue to stir up resentment between the races and get a free pass to do so because of the color of their skin and it makes me sad. I know it may be easy for me to say, but I like to hope that we in this country have made progress. I am not naive enough to think that racism no longer exists. It does, it is wrong, and it hurts. But I have seen things happen in my lifetime that when I look back on them I can only stop and be amazed. I have seen older white Americans go from using slurs to being offended by those who stubbornly refuse to do so. I have seen black and white families and neighbors befriend one another and look out for one another when a couple of generations ago this would have been unthinkable. I have seen people go to church together and worship God together and hold hands in prayer where once such folk would have worshipped on opposite sides of town.

On this day set aside to mark the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., I think it appropriate to remember what he deemed to be his dream. Here are a few words to describe the vision he had for America:

I have a dream that one day this nation will 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.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true..

Dr. King was right. If we are to be a great nation these words must become true. Thanks to his work and the work of many like him both black and white we are now seeing that dream become a reality.

55 Years Ago Today:The Courage Of Rosa Parks

The Emasculation of America

The emasculation of America is in full swing. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised and neither should you. The culture warriors on the left have had American men in their sights for years. One movie, one tv show, one song or video at the time they have sought to steal from us the manly resolve that makes us a great nation.

Europe sold out long ago. One by one instead of plowing the hard ground of enlightened capitalism, European nations gave over to the utopia nanny state. The price they paid has rendered them debt-ridden, militarily ineffective, and without a conscience or a soul. We are fast on Europe’s heels and gaining ground.

It is sad to see a great warrior be knocked down and not get up. To see him take off his armor and raise his hands above his head. To see him care more about the comfort of captivity than the struggle of freedom.

The one comfort I take away from this weeks emasculation side-show in Washington is that it was done in trickery. The American people didn’t want this bill to pass. They don’t want us to become the metro-sexual, hip version of Old-Europe. They want us to remain strong militarily, economically, and morally even if it means going it alone.

Now at this turning point it will take the resolve of the American will to push-back against this wave of emasculation that is rolling toward us from the President and his allies in Congress. Will we permit this to happen? Will we have short memories and forget in November what disgusted us in March? Will we forget the innocent human life that will be butchered at taxpayer expense by this law?

I hope the answer to all these questions will be a resounding NO!

I Have A Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. He shared that dream with thousands of marchers one hot August day in 1963. That dream is alive and well today and has virtually wiped out the racist laws and practices that were a stark part of everyday life for blacks and other minorities.

What many fail to realize is that Martin Luther King, Jr., like his father, was a Republican and was against abortion. He was consistent in his view of human liberty and freedom. He knew that if he desired freedom for little black children it needed to be freedom in and outside the womb. Many who might read this may take offense at my statements but my information comes from a reliable source. Several weeks ago, I met Dr. Alveda King niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is unequivocal about the fact that Dr. King’s dream has yet to be realized for the millions of black babies that are murdered in the womb every year in this country. In fact, abortion is the biggest cause of black deaths in this country; bigger than the other seven causes on black deaths combined.

So, on this the national holiday to celebrate a great fighter for freedom, I hope that you will take a minute to watch the video of Dr. King’s famous speech. I hope that you will think about the millions of unseen victims in the wombs and apply Dr. King’s words to them. Let us endeavor that…

when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, [born and unborn] will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!