Saturday, November 21, 2009

MLK Was Right

Martin Luther King, Jr. is well known and respected for many things, one of which is a statement he made in one of his most famous speeches, "I Have a Dream", given on August 28, 1963; at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C. Within this speech, he said, "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."

MLK was one of the key figures in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's. He was absolutely correct when he desired a time when all men would be judged by the content on one's character and not the color of one's skin.

In the current U. S. political situation, it is time for judgement. It is time for openness and honesty in that judgement. It is time for freedom to judge a man based on his character and not to be afraid of the color of his skin. Fear, not because of him being black or white or any shade in-between, but fear because of the negative connotation of a white man judging a black man and the white man being instantly accused of racism.

If MLK meant what he said, and I believe that he did, then it goes both ways. Whites should not judge blacks because of being black. Blacks should not judge whites because of being white. A man should stand or fall based on the content of his character. If a white man has low standards that have resulted in a bad character, then he should be judged according, no matter what color the judge happens to be. Same for a black man with a bad character, he should be faced with an honest judgement solely because of his low standards, even if the judge is white.

We have all seen pictures of the statue where the lady is holding the scales of justice. Have you noticed that she is blindfolded? Why are her eyes hidden? Because judgement and justice are supposed to be color blind, among other things.

If I do something wrong, I am wrong regardless of the color of my skin and regardless of the color of the skin on the man who points it out.

For the betterment of our future, there needs to be free and open judgement of Obama. He can no longer hide behind dark skin as a shield from criticism. His supporters need to be silenced when their response to Obama being judged, is an automatic accusation of "racism". You have to give them credit, it has worked. Obama has been held out of the path of judgement, by many, due to race, not character.

I believe it is safe to say that Obama won the election because of race. I do not believe he would have been the nominee for the Democratic party if he were not black (or at least half black). He won, without a clear message or agenda or plan. He won with no experience. He won in spite of his associations with anti-Americans. He won without ever having to prove he is a natural born citizen. There is no good reason this man should be President. But he is and it is because he played the "race card".

The result of electing "the first black President", without there being a proper and thorough judgement of the man behind the dark skin, has been a disaster for our country. We have one of two situations: either we have a President who is completely incompetent, in way-over-his-head but to impressed with himself to admit it, and totally unqualified for the position; or, we have an un-American, freedom hater, who covets power and control over the people who voted him into office. It is one of the two. Either one is a disaster for our nation. The first, we should be able to recover from; the second, we may never recover from.

Put on the blindfold - judge the man. He should not get a pass because of the color of his skin, but he should be held accountable due to the content of his character.

(If you are not familiar with King's speech, "I Have a Dream", you should read it. Here is a link to a page with that speech - - happy reading.)

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