Amid the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, there was a recurring complaint: What about economic justice? It is a source of enormous frustration among many on the left that Martin Luther King Jr.´s deservedly iconic status doesn´t lend more support and credence to his economic ideas. The line "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" resides in the rhetorical pantheon with "Four score and seven years ago" and "We the people of the
Comments: We are as "colorblind" today as the "transparency" that 0bama brings to his White House (in)actions.
How many of those four continued along his path vs the ´You owe me´ path ?
Most white Americans want US to be equal, not entitled because of the color of skin. We want people to judged by the content of their character. We want our kids to enter college based on merit, not color of skin.
If anyone read Kings other speeches they would realize that the guy was as much a race baiter as all his followers. Read him call for "militant nonviolence" - which means being violent enough to get the police to react - or his long diatribes about how the racist white Americans are at fault for the horribly high black unemployment rate (8% in 1968).
Equality of opportunity is what America´s about, not equality of result. The only equality of result comes in socialist countries when all fall to the lowest common denominator except the elites who exploit them.
Enough with "the Dream" already. I have an expectation:
That black people will be held to the same standards as everyone else. That they will be raised by parents who will teach them right from wrong. That they will grow up understanding that the world owes them nothing but the opportunity to try. That they will take pride in what they accomplish for themselves and admire the achievements of others. That they will not see the world through skin-colored glasses. That they will not be a burden on society and a threat to others. That they will not brutalize people because of their skin color. That they will not murder people at all.
With niece Alveda being a notable exception, MLK´s legacy has devolved into his being a prop for the statist agenda. We should embrace the good in his message, and reject the rest.
The Framers rejected the welfare democracy for very good reasons. Read Mark Levin´s book for starters, and the Federalist/Anti-Federalist papers for more depth, if you don´t understand that.
What we owe the descendants of slavery is the restoration of their families and their culture. In that effort we can only offer encouragement, limited assistance, and the opportunity for cultural and economic success thereafter - only they can do the rebuilding. Meanwhile, we can work on our own families and our own culture. There is much to be done on both sides of the divide. And yes, the divide is still unfortunately there.
How interesting that Asa Philip Randolph organized the march and was the person who got most of the first press. He was a socialist and a labor leader (founder of the Brotherhood for Sleeping Car Porters) he opposed entry into WWI but at least disagreed with the American Communists support of the Bolsheviks. He, like many of the black leaders, including MLK believed in ´democratic redistribution of wealth´ as the basis for freedom of all people.
This whole mess is much more than than a simple black rights issue of demands for the conveniently invented privilege of being black. All this Sharpton, Obama, Jackson racist hatred sneaks in underneath the giant socialist/communist issue of fake "positive rights" for non producers, to demand that other working producers give their goods and services to the non workers.
Jonah nailed it with this paragrpah, "In the American context, these are universal appeals. King pleaded for the fulfillment of America´s classically liberal revolution. At the core of that revolution was the concept of negative liberty — being free from government-imposed oppression. That is why the rights in the Bill of Rights are framed in the negative or designed to restrict the power of government. `The Congress shall make no law" that abridges freedom of speech, assembly, etc´." Nice going, Jonah ! Let´s get back to the discussion, why we don´t need a socialist, communist influenced president, his cellmate comrades, ALL of Congress, academe and the NYSlimes press and all of the TV news actor brainwashing Diane Sawyer media. Time to get down to personal basic free enterprise, free markets, anti communist teachings.
All of the above socialist focused oraniations, plus four decades of welfare leaning moms (and no dads), hs brought us to this epidemic of young black killers. It´s all about collectivism, no morals.
Make no mistake about this gathering of blacks. This is not about Martin Luther King Jr. it´s all about America´s version of Africa´s Mugabe, Obama their leader. When the speeches turn to Trayvon Martin you will know this is about planning stages of a race war. All the woes of this nation you don´t have to wonder what they just paint a black face on it and there´s your answer. I´m with the poster blah blah blah wake me when blacks want to fix their problems instead of being the problem. Don´t count on this gathering as being nothing more than a hate whitey meeting out in the open under the guise of MLK remembered.
Coretta and her kids were opportunists. King had his problems but initially his message, which his neice, Alveda, carries on was of good intention. The problem with the late 60s was more because of the radical, militant movement. I remember those days well.
What a shame that they chose two pretenders instead of two honorable speakers. One is the first "black president" because he put his office in Harlem. One is Mr. Half and Half who has thrown Dr.King´s message on thr wood pile.
Anyone who’s ever gone on a diet is told to lay off the booze because it’s high in calories. And that, of course, must make it very fattening indeed. Go onto the NHS Direct website, and you’ll be told a glass of wine contains as many calories as a slice of cake. Or if you prefer beer, the British Nutrition Foundation reminds you two pints are roughly the equivalent in calories to a full glass of single cream. So you may be surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the idea that alcohol makes you on weight. That’s hugely counter-intuitive, I know, because alcohol certainly is said to contain lots of calories.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party. Obama told donors the sight of Mt. Rainier illuminated by a setting sun was particularly special because it reminded him of his mother, who attended high school in the Seattle area. "I feel the spirit of my mom," he said. He also attempted to contrast himself with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, saying they are "more focused on positioning themselves for
Los Angeles - Rather than thanking a list of friends and colleagues, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis used their American Music Awards acceptance speech to send a message of tolerance on Sunday night. Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, accepted the award for favorite rap/hip-hop album, then quoted Martin Luther King Jr. in a live satellite feed from the rap group´s latest tour stop. "Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it," he said.
China and India’s success in weakening the latest global warming agreement created friction with other developing nations that are seeking to step up the fight against climate change. The two countries insisted on single-word changes for a deal at a United Nations conference involving 190 nations on Nov. 23. Instead of making “commitments” to roll back fossil fuel emissions, they signed up for “contributions,” a formulation that allows more flexibility in their action. Those last-minute revisions at a meeting that ran overtime by almost 30 hours underscored the reluctance of China and India to join in the sort of emissions
Washington - Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, closes on Sundays, costing its owners millions but honoring their Christian faith. The stores play religious music. Employees get free spiritual counseling. But they do not get free insurance coverage for some contraceptives, even though President Obama’s health care law requires it. Hobby Lobby, a corporation, says that forcing it to provide the coverage would violate its religious beliefs. A federal appeals court agreed, and the Supreme Court is set to decide on Tuesday whether it will hear the Obama administration’s appeal from that decision or appeals from one of
A historic agreement on Iran´s nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings between US and Iranian officials, in further signs of the accelerating detente between two of the world´s most adversarial powers, it emerged on Sunday. The meetings ran parallel to official negotiations involving five other world powers, (Snip) The Obama administration asked journalists not to publish details they had uncovered of the secret diplomacy until the Geneva talks were over for fear of derailing them. The Associated Press and a Washington-based news website, Al-Monitor, finally did so
Tokyo - Japan’s foreign minister on Sunday refused to recognize China’s newly claimed air defense zone over disputed islands, signaling that Japan would not back down as tensions increased in the maritime dispute. China on Saturday said its “air defense identification zone” would give it the right to identify and possibly take military action against aircraft near the islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan. China’s announcement appeared to be the latest step in what analysts have called a strategy to chip away at Japan’s claims of control of the islands.
Seattle - Boeing´s ties to the Pacific Northwest date back more than a century, when William Boeing purchased a Seattle shipyard that would become his first airplane factory. In recent years, however, those ties have been fraying, first with the company shifting its headquarters to Chicago, (Snip) In the contract vote late Wednesday, The International Association of Machinists District 751 rejected the proposal with 67 percent of the votes. Union members who called for a no vote did so in protest of Boeing´s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching." It´s a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie authors (by the way, whose idea was it for fortune cookies to replace predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression´s popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing.
Washington - Problems with the federal health insurance website have prevented tens of thousands of low-income people from signing up for Medicaid even though they are eligible, federal and state officials say, undermining one of the chief goals of the 2010 health care law. The website, HealthCare.gov, is primarily seen as a place to buy private insurance with federal subsidies, but it is also a gateway to Medicaid, which generally provides more benefits at less cost to consumers. That door has been closed for the last six weeks, with the federal government unable to transfer its files to state Medicaid
Corydon, Iowa - The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America´s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield. It wasn´t supposed to be this way. (Snip) But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today. As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and
After dodging questions for months about video evidence said to show him using drugs, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto stunned constituents and his own staff on Tuesday by telling a scrum of reporters, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.” Video of Mr. Ford’s admission, during an impromptu news conference, showed him asking reporters to repeat the question they first raised in May, when journalists for Gawker and The Toronto Star described seeing video that appeared to show the mayor using drugs. When one reporter complied, asking, “Do you smoke crack cocaine?” the mayor admitted that he had done
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The nation’s view of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, colored by the horrific Benghazi assassination of the U.S. ambassador to Libya on her watch, has suddenly turned upside down, with more now holding an unfavorable opinion of the likely 2016 presidential candidate. A new YouGov/Economist poll found Clinton, whose approval ratings have typically been sky high, with an unfavorable rating of 48 percent, more than the 46 percent who have a favorable opinion of her. The YouGov pollsters said that the change in American attitudes toward Clinton "suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic
In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions. This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out
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Senior officials in the White House have said that Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “is desperate and weak,” in reaction to Netanyahu´s remonstrations against the deal struck with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying “His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal opposition.”
During a presentation at the White House in which President Barack Obama touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, the president declared that his signature health care reform law was not going to be repealed. This assertion led his administration members, his staff, and audience members to rise from their seats and give the president a standing ovation. Obama said that ACA opponents’ alternative to the health care reform law is to champion repeal and going back to the health care delivery system status quo ante. He specifically cited Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who he said was asked directly for
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A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since. Supporters of the policy say politics, not science, is driving the proposed change, which would heighten the risk of
A woman has revealed how difficult it is to eat healthily and stay full when living off an average food stamp budget. Melinda Moulton, from Huntington, Vermont, was one of 200 people to take part in the 3Squares Challenge, which saw her living for a week on just $36 worth of food, or around $1.71 a meal. Opting to try and eat as healthily as possible, Ms Moulton resorted to cheap foods like yogurt for breakfast, two handfuls of peanuts for lunch and lentil stew for dinner, all of which left her unsatisfied.´I don´t know how people do it,´ said
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