Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Not Recognize His Beloved America Today

As we sit at our computer we are thinking about one of those men who believed in a bright future for America. His name is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On  August 28th 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington D.C., Dr. King gave his I Have A Dream speech. It has been 60 years since Dr. King gave a speech that has gone down in history as the “greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.”

Dr. King stated,

In a sense we’ve 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.” [Emphasis added]

Today we are seeing that America has, once again, “defaulted” on its “promissory note.”

Rather than insuring we the people, regardless of race, color or creed, are treated equally under the law we see some treated more equally than others. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has been subjugated to the pursuit of power, only power, absolute power.

Instead of equal justice under the law we are witnessing efforts to produce equal outcomes by putting government’s thumb on the scales of justice.

Just as Dr. King was concerned about “[T]he Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land” we find others languishing in the corners of American society. These include those who disobey ever more powerful, expanding and tyrannical governments from the school house to the White House.

We are seeing from school board to the White House elected officials ignoring those that they serve in order to push their agenda of diversity, equity and inclusion.

We are seeing parents who speak out at school board meetings about what their children are taught labeled “domestic terrorists” and those who speak truth to power called “insurrectionists.”

Dr. King refused to believe “that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”

Freedom is based upon equal justice under the law, not government using mandates to create equal outcomes under new laws.

From the White House to the U.S. Congress to the United States Supreme Court we are seeing laws based on equal outcomes being passed, signed into law and blessed by the highest court in the land.

We have seen prayer taken out of our public schools and banned from the public square. We have seen 65 million of our unborn citizens, especially those who are black, aborted in the myth of “my body my choice.” We are seeing segregation in new forms, driven by politics and policies that divide rather than unite. Segregation of those who refuse to obey.

Today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wound not recognize his beloved America.

The Fierce Urgency Of Now

Dr. King said in his I Have A Dream speech,

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 quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. [Emphasis added]

Today we are seeing racial injustice of a new kind. Racial injustice if you are black but are a conservative, white and straight, believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, believe that there are only two genders XX or male and XY or female.

Worst of all there is a nouveau form of segregation and injustice under the rubric of forced diversity, equity and inclusion. This nouveau trifecta applies to those who disagree with government mandates that pit one set of groups against other groups to gain and maintain political power.

Dr. King warned, “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.” 

journalist Christopher Wright wrote,

Diversity, equity, and inclusion advocates are out there saying the craziest things, and somebody needs to call them out on it. So, I will:

‘Voter ID laws disproportionately affect trans people,’ as if trans people are incapable of keeping their IDs up to date with their new status.

Calling them scientific blind studies is ablest and derogatory towards blind people. Mothers and fathers should be called ‘supporters’ and boyfriends and girlfriends should be called ‘partners’.

Stop calling us Americans because the United States is only one of 42 countries in the Americas.

The terms ‘brave’ and ‘long time no see’ are insensitive to American Indians.

Stop using the word field because slaves worked the fields.  I guess that means we should stop using the word ‘house’, too, because there were house slaves.

Exercise is a tool of white supremacy.

Telling black women to lose weight is racist.  Gee, I wonder if that makes Oprah racist for telling herself to go on diets.

Harvard Medical School now has a course on LGBT healthcare for infants.  Huh?

Dr. King’s most powerful words were, “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.”

Today government, political parties, corporations, universities, schools and even churches no longer judge individuals by their characters. They judge them by their preferred gender pronouns.

Insane, absurd? Absolutely!

Dr. King closed with these words in his I Have A Dream speech,

[W]hen we allow [to] freedom 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!

Amen to that.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.


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