Friday, August 7, 2009

What Would Martin Luther King Think?

I was thinking this morning, "What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of what's going on today in our nation?" Would he be proud that our nation has elected the first black President of the United States? Or would he be ashamed that so many American people, black and white, voted for Obama only because he is black? Would he approve of people being called racists, simply for disagreeing with the president on policy? How would he feel about an organization like ACORN that uses tactics like storming the lobbies of corporations and extorting money from them by threatening to continue such "protests" until they get paid? How would he feel about community organizers breaking into foreclosed homes and saying "this is our house now"? How would the Reverend King feel about people of color allowing themselves to be "organized" and used by people that live very comfortably off the organizations they run, supposedly to help the downtrodden? How would he feel about President Obama saying that a police officer, who happened to be white, acted "stupidly" in arresting a Harvard Professor, who happened to be black, for disturbing the peace, after saying that he didn't have all the facts? I suspect that Dr. King would NOT approve. What say you?

I suspect some will say that I, a white, jewish man has no business opining on what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would think about these things. But those people that say that, are only making my point. After all, Dr. King said, "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". Dr. King also sought not fairness but justice for all people. You never hear President Obama or his supporters discussing justice, but you always hear them calling for fairness. Justice is the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity. Fairness means superficially pleasing or specious. When a president puts in place policies that don't lift up the poor, but instead make them dependent on the government and it programs, while at the same time punishing those that have made money and achieved success legally, is that justice or is it an attempt at fairness?

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