Lets face it, many great Americans did not hold public office, and in fact, the Dredd Blog philosophy is that those who hold office too long will suffer the toxins of power, unless they have the immunity of a saint.
Dr. King was a force for moving from the right to the left, or to a kinder, gentler nation, as Bush I was fond of saying.
From slavery to citizenship is a long haul, but we did it, with a lot of help from Abe Lincoln and Martin King.
His words ring very true today, that violence has no race or color, it only has hate:
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it ...(Martin Luther King, Jr., Quotes). The tenor of the national psyche, the sails of our ship of state, have been filled with the winds of hate, thus we have been blown off course of late.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends ...
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true ...
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity ...
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
The dignity of Dr. King shines through today, in the wake of his assassination, John Kennedy's assassination, Robert Kennedy's assassination, Judge Roll's assassination, and the murder and maiming of others in Tuscon recently:
Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?(Abraham, Martin, and John). We live in the age of fill in this blank:
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked 'round and he's gone.
Anybody here seen my old friend __________________?