Thanks to the Baptist preacher whose life we celebrate on today’s national holiday, America overcame racist Jim Crow laws that prevented millions of Blacks from voting, otherwise exercising their civil rights under the Constitution and from pursuing happiness via economic Liberty.
Nearly fifty-one years ago President Lyndon Baines Johnson repeated the title of the anthem of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s movement, “We Shall Overcome”, before a joint session of Congress when he proposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.Almost fifty years ago this year that anthem would be sung again at Selma, Alabama when King, Atlanta’s John Lewis and other non-violent marchers for the right to vote would be attacked by police on “Bloody Sunday.” The 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed later that year, thus overcoming yet another obstacle to equal treatment under the laws.
Moreover, much of Dr. King’s dream of integration beyond the realm of legalities has also been realized.Continue reading
Civil rights hero and long-time Democrat elected to represent the City of Atlanta in the U.S. House, Rep. John Lewis says he is “still” Marching on Washington, 50 years later. On Wednesday’s 50th anniversary, the first African-American President of the United States will commemorate the historic event with remarks from the same spot at the Lincoln Memorial where black baptist Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
But the District of Columbia and nation President Obama will look out upon on August 18, 2013 bears no resemblance to the “Southern” city of Washington and country MLK addressed five decades ago.
In South Carolina, the great-grandchildren of the authors of secession and Fort Sumter (including their Democrat Governor Ernest Hollings) had only recently raised the Confederate battle flag atop its State House to protest school desegregation orders issued by federal courts. But after King’s speech inspired Democrat President Lyndon Johnson to give up his previous opposition and join Republicans in Congress to pass the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, de jure racial discrimination by government against blacks eventually came to an end. Continue reading
This conservative’s heart bleeds with Rush’s for the victims of the Democratic Party’s race-based policies.
I often ask blacks that I meet and get to know that still cling to the notion that most whites are racists; that most of Blacks problems are due to racist whites; and that they have a right to be liked by all white people…to join us. Join whites that walk out of the house everyday to a world that doesn’t like them very much either. Join us in the human race to try and build a good life of prosperity that is only possible if government shrinks from its control of our lives.
This former Democrat was won over to Rush while still a Democrat and still nearly ten years away from my eventual 2000 conservative epiphany due initially to his utter refutation of the notion that conservatives are racists. He epitomizes not only the perfect example of MLK’s content of character dream, but also the utterly Christian concept of how precious is each individual.
Couldn’t resist posting an example of the Wonder of Rush:
Originally published January 16, 2007 in The Charlotte Observer.
Achieve King’s dream with equal treatment
Misguided liberal policies assume blacks are inferior victims
Special to the Observer
“Daddy, why would somebody want to shoot a preacher?”
That was a precocious little boy’s first reaction upon seeing the headline of The Spartanburg Herald announcing the assassination of the 39-year-old leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr.
No holiday cries out for a progress report more than the one President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1983 and that America celebrated yesterday. Where do we stand nearly 39 years after King’s death on April 4, 1968?
Brandon Woolfolk, a 23-year-old African American junior at UNC Charlotte presently working as a hotel clerk, told me last week that “One change is that back then blacks feared whites. Today, they fear other blacks.”
Democrats from President Obama on down just can’t give up toxic identity politics when trying to get elected, pass legislation, or even when dedicating a memorial to the nations’ preeminent civil rights leader.
But then again, Martin Luther King Jr. never left the Grand Old Party of Lincoln.
Can anyone remember the last public policy proposal by a Democrat that argued the merits of the proposal rather than irrelevant and untrue demonization of their opponents? I suspect it was President John F. Kennedy’s supply side tax rate cuts.
Oppose Democrat-sponsored legislation? You are racist.
Since then, we have been told that Republicans:
Now comes the Administration of the first African-American chief executive:
First, President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder perverts justice, and the name of the DOJ he heads, in refusing to enforce the color-blind Civil Rights Act, that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis et al risked life and limb to enact (with a greater percentage of Republican than Democrat votes, I might add), against billy club wielding “New Black Panthers” intimidating white voters outside Philadelphia polling places on Election Day 2010.
Next, the nation’s News Commentator-in-Chief called white Cambridge, Massachusetts cops “stupid” before inviting them to a White House “Beer Summit” after it was learned Gates-gate showed his good Harvard professor friend sought to play the Democratic Party’s favorite “race card” against law enforcement diligent in protecting a black man’s private property.