I was fifteen in 1963, and I vaguely remember breaking my summer routine to notice that the largest crowd of Americans ever to congregate on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., had gathered to demand their civil rights. They were led by a 34-year-old black preacher from Georgia.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been gaining a name for himself and his movement for several years. Like his contemporary, John F. Kennedy, this man knew how to inspire and lift an audience. On this day, King’s speech was lackluster until he set aside his prepared remarks and launched from the heart into the only section of his speech anyone now remembers.
In those final phrases, King solidified his place in history. And every statement he uttered in those final moments — the entire “I have a dream” segment we all cherish — tells me that he would be sad and even embarrassed that the first black President of the United States is Barack Hussein Obama.
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia,” King intoned in 1963, “sons of former slaves and sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
Fifty years later, the only brotherhood Obama has embraced is the Muslim Brotherhood.
“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,” King continued on that hot August day.
A generation later, skin color seems to be all that motivates Obama. From turning a blind eye to the blatant intimidation of white voters at polling places by nightstick-toting New Black Panthers, to the ridiculous assertion that state voter ID laws somehow suppress the rights of black voters; from an insistence that the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police “acted stupidly” in dealing with a black professor breaking into a house that later turned out to be his own, to helping perpetuate the lie that George Zimmerman “murdered” Trayvon Martin — these are just a few of the examples of Barack Obama’s racial duplicity.
“I have a dream,” King pressed on in his now-famous speech, “that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day, right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
Today, sadly, the “vicious racists” are sitting in the Oval Office, the Justice Department, in the leftwing media and in the so-called civil rights leadership. Barack Obama, his attorney general, Eric Holder, and race pimps like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and NAACP Director Ben Jealous — men who claim to continue the work of civil rights —would be an offense and an embarrassment to Martin Luther King.
King’s dream was the American dream. “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream,” he told us. “It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”
King’s final words that day were particularly telling: “From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to 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!’”
It is obvious to me that Martin Luther King (a Registered Republican, by the way, having come out of the Jim Crow South ruled by racist Democrats) would recognize that Barack Obama does not believe in the American dream. Instead, Obama believes in a discredited Socialist utopia that punishes achievers, rewards dependency and promotes “equality” by making everyone equally miserable and fostering freedom for no one — a doctrine he calls “the fundamental transformation of the United States of America.”
That was not Martin Luther King’s dream.
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