“I Have a Dream:” 50th Anniversary

While many will have already listened or watched footage of MLK’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech celebrating its 50th anniversary, this letter challenges each interested party to closely observe those prominent ideals and themes so intricately woven into the man and his mission. In doing so, I am pretty sure that the effort will reveal that which I’ve noted all along, namely, that those foundational qualities that made the civil rights movement what it once was, have long since been discarded by those who now live on the borrowed capital of their predecessor’s greatness. I am convinced, then, that any honest comparison between the historic man and his movement with modern civil rights leaders, based on King’s own words, will reveal a great chasm between what he envisioned and what now poses as a continuation of the movement that he began.   

First, the honest reader will discover that King did the one thing that very few, if any, modern civil rights activists now do. He spoke highly of the founding fathers and the historic documents upon which this nation arose as good and praise-worthy. He even revered them as the masterful architects of our freedom, saying, in fact that, “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” King had a dream to be sure, and according to him, it was “A dream deeply rooted in the American dream,” a much higher view of America than one particular “civil rights” advocate who, not too long ago, compared our founding fathers to the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela (Jesse Jackson) (http://nation.foxnews.com/jesse-jackson/2013/03/08/jesse-jackson-compares-hugo-chavez-founding-fathers).    

Finally, and most importantly, I am convinced that MLK would lament the fatal derailment of the movement from the traditional Judeo-Christian track upon which he positioned it. King, in fact, affirmatively parroted these words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal,” and when taken in conjunction with his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” we discover that King’s determination of any law’s “justness” or “injustice” was its agreement or disagreement with the law of God – the God of the Bible. That is why I am also fairly confident that, if consistent, King would reject Eric Holders brazen inclusion of “gays” in the valley of the oppressed, an apparent reference to their inability to legally marry in some states. King would actually see nothing either civil or right with intentionally overriding the divine marital paradigm established, as was human worth, in creation itself.  

Comparatively, then, while modern leaders decry and deny Christianity’s influence upon the founding fathers and the documents they engineered, and while they despise the intrusion of Christian thinking into the political realm, King saw them all as the good, foundational, necessary, and consistent stepping stones for his movements success. He saw them, in fact, as the only logical means by which the “Dream” he envisioned could actually be realized.

Tony

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