“I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
When I was growing up there were only two classes of people, those who were working and those who aspired to work. The type of work did not matter so long as it was honest work.
Many Americans remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I have a dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial. I however, believe that his greatest speech was his “Street Sweeper” speech given at the New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, on 9 April 1967.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’
No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
The King Center expands on Dr. King’s words noting:
We need to constantly reflect on the privilege of being blessed to live in a country where we are free to labor in whatever work we choose, and are divinely called into, let us remember that no labor is in vain, nor is it worthless, but brings lasting value to those that we serve – let us serve with honor and excellence!
It seems that this quotation’s from Dr. MLK Jr. alludes to two things:
- That all work or actions have an impact in the world — there is nothing humanity does that is insignificant.
- That when such work is focused on uplifting and freeing human kind, it must be practices with awareness to doing it precisely and carefully…or in his words “with painstaking excellence”.
All our tasks are so intertwined no matter where we are in the society, in our churches, in our factories. If one of us does not do our task well it brings down the entire group. [Emphasis added]
The first black president did not heed the words of Dr. King, Jr. with a focus on “the privilege of being blessed to live in a country where we are free to labor in whatever work we choose.” Rather President Obama during his administration has:
- Created a black white racial divide.
- Created an economic divide, which created social stratification (i.e. more haves and abandoned the have-nots).
- Used government regulations and departments to attack opponents.
- Introduced Common Core into public schools nation wide to indoctrinate not educate.
- Created a divide between Christians and anti-Christians (e.g. Muslims, homosexuals, satanists, collectivists).
- Created a social divide between naturalized citizens and illegal aliens.
- Created class warfare (i.e. the 99% versus the 1%).
- Created a war on fossil fuels, especially coal, using Environmental Protection Agency rules.
- Created a barrier between law enforcement and citizens (e.g. in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, Detroit)
- Created a war against lawful gun owners rather than addressing criminals like Vester Lee Flanagan.
- The war against unborn children – over 55 million causalities and counting.
- The Planned Parenthood Industrial Complex – selling dead, mostly black, babies for profit.
- Created a opaque government rather than his promised transparent government.
- Created a political divide between Democrats and all others opposed to his policies, including some Democrats.
- Created a divide between America and Israel.
- Created a foreign policy divide between America and global freedom loving movements.
- And on, and on, and on…
Before President Obama Americans did not see issues like being black, being a member of a particular economic class, being Hispanic, homosexual or bulling as important. Rather Americans were focused on working, providing for their families and being good members of their community.
President Trump understood that Americans simply wanted to get back to work, hence his slogan Make America Great Again. This slogan resonated with the working class and those who aspired to become part of the working class in America.
Americans understand that “If one of us does not do our task well it brings down the entire group.”
Time for Americans to get to work. Work is a blessing.
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