Monday, January 21, 2008

To fight for the right. Without question or pause. To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause!

On this day in which we celebrate Dr. King my own thoughts are towards the looming presidential election and which candidate will best carry King's torch into their own administration.

Martin Luther King is probably best known for his philosophy of non-violent resistance. It's important to remember that resistance, regardless of how it manifests itself, is still resistance.

King's Letter From Birmingham Jail was written in response to a group of sympathetic white clergyman issuing a "Call to Unity" basically pleading for the civil rights movement to get off the streets and back behind courtroom doors. In his letter King outlined point by point why direct action was necessary in order to precipitate change.

Like all Americans I long for unity. I wish we lived in a time when we could put aside our universally petty differences and work for the common good of the United States of America. I wish we could all just get along.

But wishes aren't horses. Wanting America to be a better place and making America a better place are two entirely different animals. One necessitates nothing but imagination while the other takes a willingness to act and courage; because change will meet resistance. Change always meets resistance.

If those kids who faced down Bull Connor's dogs and fire hoses would've waited, would've taken the middle-road or would've sat on their hands in the hopes that we would all just "get along" then Jim Crow would still be very much alive today. If they had put their resistance aside in deference to the idea there is just "one America" then they'd still be riding in the back of the bus.

Real change takes courage and it takes action. Dr. King knew that. My hope is that our political leaders today will heed his message.


Randal Graves said...

100% correct, sir. Sadly, I'm not sure most of our so-called leaders have that courage, merely an endless supply of platitudes.

Overdroid said...

Have you glanced at the world stock market? We may have some serious problems soon.

Swinebread said...

I have no hope, but maybe it will take ruined market place to rebuild.

Dean Wormer said...

Thanks randal!

OD & Swine - it's giving me an ulcer. I'm watching my 401k tank as I type this.

It lost money last quarter and that was before this major correction.

Don Snabulus said...

Part of Dubya's economic "hangover"...a seven year hangover.

Don Snabulus said...

oops, wrong post. meant to do this comment on the scary jar-jar post.

Ella said...

I'm not a student, but I agree with you 100% talking about something and doing it are two very different things. I hear many who talk an dsee few in actionin anything.



Dean Wormer said...


Jar IS scary.


Thanks! Action is sadly lacking from our leaders. They want us to think their hands are tied, but we know better don't we?