Monday, January 19, 2009

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Some quotes to ponder from Dr. King as we pause to remember a man who fought and died for civil rights in this great country.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. "

"Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul."

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now. "

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. "

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

Also an interesting article about how Dr. King was a Republican written by National Black Republican Association.


Anonymous said...

Which presidential candidates do you think MLK would have voted for, following Eisenhower?

Which party do you think MLK would belong to today?

The Republican Party of the past 20 years is a far different one than it was long ago -- recall that the Republican Party was originally the party that supported a woman's right to choice. Over the years the Republican Party has been hijacked and has thrown much of its old platform overboard. It has become the party of choice for intolerants and bigots of all stripes. It would be a pleasant surprise if that Party returned to its former status.

Too bad MLK isn't around today to comment on this latest, bogus claim to his legacy that is spreading through the Rightwing blogosphere like wildfire.

Anonymous said...

That's not bogus - Alveda King said this: "My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., or “Daddy King”, was a Republican and father of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was a Republican."

Rosa said...

Anonymous number 1, yes the republican party was hi-jacked, but not by bigots or intolerants as you claim. It was hi-jacked by people who forgot about smaller government and fiscal responsibility.
On the other hand, the Democrat party has been hi-jacked by rabid Socialists and Communists.
But really both party's are pretty much the same as they march us to One World Government. This past election demonstrated that there is no real difference between Democrats and Republicans anymore. The Bush Clinton Bush Obama/Clinton dynasties continue. Same sh** different day.
You won't see a lick of change in Washington.

The Truth said...

The police chief of Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights era was a Democrat. A member of the Ku Klux Klan, Eugene "Bull" Connor had been a Democrat state legislator and a delegate to the 1948 Democratic National Convention.

In 1963, police under Connor's command attacked several thousand African-American schoolchildren who were demonstrating peacefully for their civil rights. At the time, it should be noted, he was the Democratic National Committeeman for Alabama. Connor's men used high-pressure hoses, clubs and dogs in their assault, and then jailed nearly a thousand children. A year after attacking the children, Connor was elected, as a Democrat, to statewide office.

How did it come to be that African-Americans in Alabama were so oppressed?

In 1901, the Alabama Democratic Party called for a convention to write a new state constitution that would prohibit African-Americans from voting. Despite vocal opposition from Booker T. Washington and other Republican civil rights activists, the Democrat scam succeeded.

Democrats dominated Alabama's 1901 constitutional convention, and its chairman was a Democrat. In his opening address, he said:

"If we would have white supremacy, we must establish it by law -- not by force or fraud... The negro is descended from a race lowest in intelligence and moral precepts of all the races of men."

Alabama's African-American citizens would not vote in appreciable numbers again until the 1950s. It was a Republican federal judge, Frank Johnson, who in 1956 ruled in favor of Rosa Parks and who in 1965 ordered the Democrat governor, George Wallace, to permit Martin Luther King's voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery.

At the 2000 Republican National Convention, Condoleezza Rice said:

"The first Republican I knew was my father, and he is still the Republican I most admire. He joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did. My father has never forgotten that day, and neither have I."

And, as Republicans celebrate Martin Luther King Day, they should remember that his struggle was against Democrats.

- Michael Zak is a popular speaker to Republican organizations around the country. He is the author of Back to Basics for the Republican Party. Each day, his Grand Old Partisan blog celebrates 155 years of Republican heroes and heroics. See for more information.

Anonymous said...

Still doesn't answer my question: If MLK had lived until today, who would he have been voting for?

Judy Aron said...

How would I know? I don't talk to dead people.

But if he voted based on skin color it might be Obama or Alan Keyes or Cynthia McKinney - if he voted on who supported Constitutional rights and who was a true Conservative, he might have voted for Chuck Baldwin or Bob Barr or Ron Paul.