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Don't Dream.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/21/2008 13:46:14

Let us for today, remember all the work that Martin Luther King did. It was so much more than this speech. He worked to end poverty, to improve labor conditions to end the war. When he was murdered in 1968, he was in Memphis, supporting labour. He was calling for a radical redistribution of wealth in this country. he told the striking sanitation workers '"All labor has dignity, but you're doing another thing. You are reminding not only Memphis, but the nation that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages."

Mr. King had been talking about injustice for a long time. From his Lettter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.


HE spoke out against the war... From Riverside Church in NYC, he said
"As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action.

But they asked, and rightly so, what about Vietnam? They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."

His house had been firebombed, he had been wiretapped, he constantly recieved death threats to him and his family, he had been thrown in jail, threatened by our government, labeled as a dangerouss radical element to our nation's security, he still carried on his work.

And the night before he was killed, right after another bomb threat, after his flight was delayed, he gave to the world these hallowed words...
Well, I don't know what will happen now.
We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now.
Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place.
But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will.
And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over.
And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.
And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything.
I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

So Today, let us not just remember his dream, let us honour and carry on the work he did for all Americans. We must recognize that this man was more than just his I have a dream speech. It is time that we go beyond his dream and start doing. Don't just dream, but rather just do. We have so far to go.


:peace: and :heart:
Raine

218 comments (Latest Comment: 01/22/2008 04:37:38 by shelaghc)
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Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 14:11:49
Aw man! I just missed the Rachel/Thom endorsements! Does anyone subscribe to Stephanie that they can make a copy for me if they're not available as downloads?



Comment by starling310 on 01/21/2008 14:15:10
Bill O'Reilly has become a caricature of himself.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:18:39
New blog up! Good morning!

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:20:35
:grumble: UNPRINCIPLED?!?!?!



WTF???

Comment by TriSec on 01/21/2008 14:30:56
Morning, folks!



Javi wants to play with the people:





Comment by starling310 on 01/21/2008 14:37:49
Ijust signed up for Showtime temporarily so I can watch Dexter and LWord. . . I turn it on to make sure it's working and Sophie's Choice is on! It's a sign...a sign of what, I don't know.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:45:00
Quote by TriSec: Morning, folks!



Javi wants to play with the people:





HEllOOOOO Javi!!!!

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:45:37
Quote by starling310: Ijust signed up for Showtime temporarily so I can watch Dexter and LWord. . . I turn it on to make sure it's working and Sophie's Choice is on! It's a sign...a sign of what, I don't know.
they want you to keep showtime!



Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 14:47:47
Good morning everyone.



Brrr! It's cold today. I just wanna curl under the covers, but I have things to do.

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/21/2008 14:48:06
Morning all.

Happy MLK day! For those that have a job, I guess you have a day off.





Comment by TriSec on 01/21/2008 14:49:48
Story out on the MSNBC today....



Tributes to MLK tend to overlook his complexity



But I think Raine scooped them with today's blog! :party:



Comment by BobR on 01/21/2008 14:50:38
Quote by velveeta jones: Morning all.

Happy MLK day! For those that have a job, I guess you have a day off.





not me. We get 6 - count 'em 6 - paid holidays a year. :grumble:



Big fucking woo-hoo.

Comment by BobR on 01/21/2008 14:51:46
Quote by TriSec: Story out on the MSNBC today....



Tributes to MLK tend to overlook his complexity



But I think Raine scooped them with today's blog! :party:



We are on the bleeding edge of the news cycle... : puffs chest:



hmmm - perhaps that's not the right metaphor, considering the day... :redface:

Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 14:52:14
Quote by Raine:
Quote by TriSec: Morning, folks!



Javi wants to play with the people:





HEllOOOOO Javi!!!!


Party people in the house.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:52:21
There was voter disenfranchisement in Nevada.

Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 14:54:34
For my company, MLK day is a paid holiday. I am actually scheduled off today, but since I am still working a full 5-day week. I get paid double time on Tuesday as the holiday while Monday is just a regular day off.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 14:55:21
Morning! :hug:





And a special hello and good morning to Mr. Javi!!!!







Comment by velveeta jones on 01/21/2008 14:56:41
Off Topic:

I've been researching scientology, thanks to moon-bat crazy Tom, and found this tidbit:



Heres the kicker: [Charles] Manson took over 150 hours of Scientology courses, but rejected it as too crazy






Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:56:42
MOMMA --- PLEASE stop repeating the talking points about Edwards and SC being do or die.







Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 14:56:52
Good morning Mala.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 14:57:31
Right and no one pays attention after Super Tuesday makes the rest of us feel like out votes don't matter.

Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 14:57:52
G'morning all - today is final recycling day.



Taking my old computer, monitor, scanner and a bag full of video and audio tapes off to the recyclery.





Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 14:57:58
Hey Liv and everyone!

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 14:58:22
Am I the only one who finds it uncomfortable that he spoke at a church?



Sorry, I just think that this is doing that dangerous church and state dance.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:03:58
Shelagh were you able to scrub your old hard drive?

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:04:36
Quote by Raine: Am I the only one who finds it uncomfortable that he spoke at a church?



Sorry, I just think that this is doing that dangerous church and state dance.




He who? I was setting up my work for the day and didn't hear what this was.



Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 15:04:55
Today is supposed to be when 3WT starts running Steph in the morning. They bumped Neal Boortz to the evenings so he can get all the sports pre-emptions.



According to the DC ratings, the format change hasn't helped 3WT much.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:05:49
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: Am I the only one who finds it uncomfortable that he spoke at a church?



Sorry, I just think that this is doing that dangerous church and state dance.




He who? I was setting up my work for the day and didn't hear what this was.

Obama was here in Atlanta and spoke at MLK's Church.



Comment by TriSec on 01/21/2008 15:07:02
I have the holiday today, but like every other holiday I had to log in for an hour or so this morning to kickoff a couple of critical reports...



You'd think with all this automation, we'd be able to figure out how to handle this, but Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....





Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:08:18
There were firemen at the Edwards rally on Saturday!

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:10:22
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine: Am I the only one who finds it uncomfortable that he spoke at a church?



Sorry, I just think that this is doing that dangerous church and state dance.




He who? I was setting up my work for the day and didn't hear what this was.

Obama was here in Atlanta and spoke at MLK's Church.





Most politicans do this now, it's more to pay omage(sp) MILK than it has to do about a church I think.



Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 15:10:25
Quote by wickedpam: Shelagh were you able to scrub your old hard drive?




I talked to a geek and she told me format C is one of the best ways she knows. Also, the guy at the recyclery told me they do a "military" style wipe with all computers.



Sounds good to me.



Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 15:12:30
I was at a congressional district Democratic Convention yesterday and, if the guy who spoke for John Edwards is any indication, I think I know why Edwards is having so many problems.



The speakers for Hillary, Kucinich and Obama were dynamic and engaging. The Edwards guy read from a sheet of paper and just sort of talked. I was wearing an Edwards button and literally felt sorry for the guy.



Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:13:09


NOT A JOKE....

Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 15:17:12
Is Jim the only voice monkey who knows the difference between Quebecois and continental French accents.

Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 15:17:31
Shelagh!!

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/21/2008 15:17:40
WAHOO!! Don't I "know" her?

Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:18:39
Was that Shelagh with the Guy fun facts?!!!!! Very Nice! :clap:

Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 15:18:52
I can't believe my cell phone started ringing right when she put me on the air!





Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:19:37
At least it wasn't an annoying ringtone - just sounded like a fax machine :D





Ya did good!

Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 15:21:55
I *never* get on the air that fast. Did I sound as flustered as I thought I did?



Comment by livingonli on 01/21/2008 15:24:49
Quote by shelaghc: I *never* get on the air that fast. Did I sound as flustered as I thought I did?



You did fine.

Comment by velveeta jones on 01/21/2008 15:26:36
Quote by wickedpam: At least it wasn't an annoying ringtone - just sounded like a fax machine :D





Ya did good!


Yeah, it didn't play something really embarressing, like when I had my wife's cellphone with me, and it played some horrible "gangsta rap" song.........very loudly, in the middle of a meeting.



Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:30:05
Quote by velveeta jones:
Quote by wickedpam: At least it wasn't an annoying ringtone - just sounded like a fax machine :D





Ya did good!


Yeah, it didn't play something really embarressing, like when I had my wife's cellphone with me, and it played some horrible "gangsta rap" song.........very loudly, in the middle of a meeting.







:rofl: I do have to say that I love those awkward moments though, they totally break any tension and lighten a room



Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:30:41
More on the Military commsiions act... Which was passed last year... we were all upset about the loss of Habeus Corpus, but I truly did not know that Bush was granted immunity for all FUTURE crimes.



From Thomas .gov:







Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:37:16
:pout: I missed you shelgh! but your reviews sound GREAT!





Comment by wickedpam on 01/21/2008 15:41:50
Hmm - I did not know the origin of that slang.

Comment by shelaghc on 01/21/2008 15:44:06
Quote by velveeta jones:
Quote by wickedpam: At least it wasn't an annoying ringtone - just sounded like a fax machine :D





Ya did good!


Yeah, it didn't play something really embarressing, like when I had my wife's cellphone with me, and it played some horrible "gangsta rap" song.........very loudly, in the middle of a meeting.





Remember the WH press conference when an older female reporter's cell phone started ringing a rap song? Her grandson had reprogrammed it without her knowledge.



That was the one when Tony Snow laughed and said "Play that funky music, white girl!"



One of the few times I actually liked having Snow at that podium.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:53:21
Momma needs to answer these questions...



To answer a question with a question assuming that the listener is an edwards supporter is not very fair.



I have said it before, John Edwards denoucned his vote EARLY on, I can and will find the letter he wrote to the NYT.

Comment by Raine on 01/21/2008 15:54:05
:clap: caller!!! THANK YOU!!!