I Have A Dream

Fifty years ago today a real inspiring leader gave his most famous speech. Very few of us know it only by its oft-quoted lines about his children but it is very very much worth reading in its entirety.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

That, my friends, is true eloquence and inspired rhetoric. Who of these pathetic excuses we currently have in national office or public prominence could conceive, let alone give, a speech like that?

Consider again these two key paragraphs that never quite seem to get discussed:

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

Temperance, restraint, acknowledgement that we are all fallen men and no one has a monopoly on virtue.

Thank you, Dr. King, for all you packed in to those short 39 years you were allotted. You made mistakes, as we all do, but you lived.

3 Responses to “I Have A Dream”

  1. Julie says:

    “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” That is indeed ‘true eloquence’. Hadn’t read that in a long time. Thanks for posting.

  2. Syd B. says:

    Little doubt that he was a Conservative. The left talk as if they themselves, invented him. How ironic.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Syd I think he had a very literal view of both the bible and the constitution.

    Depending upon the issue that could make one a conservative or a liberal 🙂

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