Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The speech

So every year around the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday I post the speech. Here it is

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. 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, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering his 'I Have a Dream' speech from the steps of Lincoln Memorial. (photo: National Park Service) It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
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, 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.
This is our hope. 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.
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a 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. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to 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, 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!"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Two wrongs

File this under two wrongs do not make a right here. One of the victims in the shooting in AZ went to the head of the AZ Tea Party and said "you're dead". I realize the anger and it should be directed towards the tea party. But don't stoop to their level. They brought this atmosphere on (even though they should have started under Bush who actually did the things they accuse Obama doing) however instead of threatening them how about pressing charged or suing them for libel? If you really want to hurt them that is the best way.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


So there is an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times by an other Stephen Randall. He is actually comparing Glen Beck and what he says to Keith Olbermann and what he says. Of course Mr. Randall is wrong. You see Kieth Olbermann never threatens anyone like Beck does. He never calls Republicans racists who hate black people like Beck has said about President Obama (he said Obama is a racist who hates white people). In fact if you search your recent history about Mr. Beck (and I use Mr. loosely) he is responsible for the deaths of Pittsburgh Pa. police officers

He was also responsible for an incident that was luckily stopped in Oakland

You cannot say Keith Olbermann cause he hasn't and if he has I wouldn't be having this conversation. Threat speech comes from the right who take advantage of week minded people to carry out their dirty work. Until they are arrested and charged as accessories to these crimes (examples I posted yesterday show you can) more incidents like those in Tuscon will continue to happen.

So much for that

So much for the hope of a more civil tone in politics.


It shows where an Iowa GOP rep. called the state Supreme Court there "open enemies of god". I guess they will never learn.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The big issue

I want to talk about the big issue regarding the tragedy in AZ. Actually there are a few. Media maters has a great piece about how the right constantly uses threats of violence against the left. You had the drug addict Limbaugh openly calling for the overthrow of the President, you had Sharon Angle calling for "second amendment remedies" you have Sarah Palin and the disgusting cross hair add on her website, Bill O'Idiot about Dr. Tiller and you can go on and on. You see I believe in an honest debate. We have the right to agree and disagree as much as we want. But when there are threats, and you have people who are weak minded, and you have such easy access to guns, the situation becomes like in AZ. That is what really needs to change. the threats. And for those who don't think words matter I have two examples. First Charles Manson, he never killed anyone but his words influenced his followers to kill. Second the Ft. Hood shooter, everyone accepts the fact that he was influenced by the words of a Muslim Cleric.


By the way one  note about Mrs. Palin. In defending herself (not apologizing) she used the term "blood libel" in attacks against those who dare to question her. Blood libel is a disgusting anti-semetic term used by Christians against Jewish people. I know she knows that and I will not let people forget she used that term and what it says about her.

One more  note and that's about yours truly. When the shooting happened I assumed by logic (wrongly) that the shooter was an active tea party member. The fact that this was a congresswomen and judge who have received death threats. As of this moment I am wrong.

Last thing speaking of the tea party. Those sick freaks are using this tragedy to hold fundraisers. Nice people huh?

I'm back

Sorry for no posts in the last month but my computer sucks. I think I'm back and will start posting. I will talk a lot about the shooting in AZ as I think it is an important topic.