Monday, January 17, 2011
I've taken some time off from posting but am pleased to return to action in time to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Dr. King was truly one of the greatest Americans. His message of hope for a more enlightened future and love and respect for all humankind inspired a generation. The passionate logic of his arguments is sorely missed in today's world, where even political leaders as brilliant as Barack Obama find it difficult to deliver a message with the apparent effortlessness Dr. King brought to his teachings. We are left with a world in which bigots and apologists for the super rich dominate our political discourse by owning the mass media. Anyone who dares oppose them is labeled a communist or "liberal." But in a country where Richard Nixon's policies would now have him branded as a liberal it's pretty obvious that there's no left wing political establishment remaining. Dr. King, like the Kennedys and so many others, was eliminated by the "second amendment remedies" that are now apparently beyond reproach. Let's hope that Dr. King's vision will resurface in these difficult times, no matter whose cross hairs are targeting those who follow in his footsteps. His courage was an American value that will never die while his words remain an inspiration for all of us to dream of a better future.