Martin Luther Ling, Jr. Delivered a speech on August 28,1963 that became known as the "I have a dream speech". It has resonated from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the past 46 years. It is taught in schools, and referenced in the Media culture many times each year. It is a great piece of oration, and the transcript of the speech reveals a well structured, substantial piece of writing. The most paraphrased bit that arises in political exchanges is 'not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I would like to look at the portion of the speech that this sentence is contained within and ask if it is being lived up to or not, by the Leaders of the Party who make claims to be the Guardians of racial equality.
First, my perspective on this. I am not from the same background as Martin Luther King. I was born in the Far West, In the same year he gave the Speech, descended from a Scotsman born in Ireland. I don't follow race issues closely, am not an intellectual, and live life as independantly as I can (which precludes working in a Corporation). Where I can identify with Rev. King is I was brought up in a church. We went to a Presbyterian church each Sunday as a family during my childhood, and during Sunday School we read the Bible and were taught to interpret what it meant. Words were measured carefully for their value, and promises extracted from the text were considered as good as gold because God was the gaurantor. Historically, Scotsmen were Presbyterian, which was based on the Teaching of John Calvin. Calvin insisted on children being taught to read so that as Adults they could read and understand the lessons of the Bible, so as not to have to depend on the interpretations of a Clerical Class. Presbyterians were considered dissenters and were ostracized for long periods of British history. I offer only my personal perspective and experience on this subject.
The full portion of text from the speech reads
" Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And 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!"
My question is does the Left share Martin Luther King Jr's dream? first section:
" Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends."
It would take multiple diaries to break this down, so I'll just ask the reader to reflect upon the last election about statements from Joe Biden about Mary in Pennsylvania's Fuel tank to the full spectrum of Candidate Obama's statements on the current American condition. Were we as a People half empty or half full and leave it at that.
"And 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." The 'American Dream' is most often equated with owning a house and a good job. I don't think The good reverend went to Washington to get a house. I think his dream involved interacting peacefully with others, without having to fear condescension, gossip, or exclusion from participation in whatever he endeavored to do. Is equality about material 'gaps' or moral ones?
"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'." Here Dr. King references the Declaration of independence. Here he claims the right to self determination and equality. He references a document that was more promise than reality. He claims that promise for himself and for black people that day before the Nation. He is not asking for a material substance, but a God given spiritual existence in the Temporal Realm. My question, does the Left stand on the Founding Documents to justify their goals, or just make occasional oblique, out of context references to justify their means? I hear a lot of hateful rhetoric towards Tea-Party participants who are there to point out the contrast between Federal actions and Constitutional Protections.
"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." 'Table of Brotherhood' can mean many things, but in a biblical context it conjures images of the Last Supper. In American history it could evoke the first american Thanksgiving, where "White" pilgrims invited "Red" Indians to sit and sup with them, and offer thanks for God's providence. Once again he makes a historical claim to what he is asking for. The next sentence lies in contrast to the previous, but he doesn't dwell there. Does the Left dwell in injustice and oppression of the present, or do they portray bright glimpses of the future where Man is dignified, intelligent, capable, and respectful of others?
"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." Next two I grasp on two things. "My four little children". Elections are the time our two Parties make statements about themselves and where they wan't to take the Country. What kind of statements did Democrats make about Sarah Palin and her five children. I heard a lot of ugliness about the size of her family, about Trig's worth, both on television and in personal conversations. I heard Gov. Palin disparaged as not intelligent, unworthy, unprepared; she might have been as well a diamond miner in South Africa Pre-Apartheid. "She just wasn't ready", the more generous would say. Secondly "Judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Here he uses judged not prejudged. He acknowledges the need to make judgements, which is normal if you are a Pastor of a church and want to raise good morals in your parishioners and own children. The important part is to allow enough time, and experience a number of transactions with a person before taking stock of what kind of person he or she is. He is not preaching moral relativism. He is asking the nation to look past skin color and view the person within. What knowledge could we have garnered from the media about the person Barack Obama during the election? Or Joe Biden for that matter? Coverage focused almost entirely on politics and fallout, and little on substance or character. Last year, dialogue focused on policy and substance if you new where to look, and people began coming to conclusions.
I offer up these questions as a test, to measure if the Promise/Dream is being fulfilled by Left-Wing culture and democrats operatives, and to what extant. I am not questioning Democrat constituents.
I have focused on my perspective, because I can speak from it. I raise questions because they can provoke thought and discussion. I make no claim to be an expert on anything. I understand others have vastly different experience and understanding and I have not written this piece to offend anyone, except Leftist Ideologues who wish to distort American history and culture.