Saturday, August 28, 2010

Dreams or nightmares?

If it didn't impact so many lives in terrible ways, there would be reason to laugh at what is going on in politics today. So we have this: Republicans gearing up for a raft of subpoenas if they regain power in the House. Basically they will go for as many investigations of the White House as they did during the Clinton years when they ignored the rise of Osama bin Laden while doing their 'important' work of stifling development and avoiding dealing with problems that actually impact our lives. Far better to throw out subpoena after subpoena.

If you are a tea partier, you are thrilled at this possibility of two years of one investigation after another. You might stop to wonder how much it costs but then what the heck, what is money when going after your enemies and blocking the government from doing anything about the problems this country faces.

Then we have this: Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin Rally-- A Martin Luther King Nightmare. Can you believe Beck said he absolutely had no idea that this was the same day and place as King's speech? [Why the anniversary of the King speech was chosen according to Beck].  Clueless. He was totally clueless, which, of course might be true but usually a hundred thousand people don't gather to listen to someone clueless.. unless that someone has an agenda that suits them.
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King's I have a dream speech was not about forcing everyone into the same religious mold. It was about how we see each other and hoping for the time it won't be by color and I might add of ethnicity or religion. Hopefully the day will come when we see each other by what we do, how we treat others. That does NOT have to come from religion to be positive.

In case you have forgotten what was in King's 'I have a dream' speech, here's a link to remind you: I have a dream text, audio and video link and a bit of what he said that day.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
Beck claimed he would be keeping this speech away from politics. I won't be listening to it as I am busy this week-end but wouldn't have anyway. Reading what he says is hard enough on my psyche. What he seems to be trying to do is direct this country toward a theocracy. His followers though may have no idea what he really wants as listening to Beck can make it a tad difficult to figure out.

This wasn't an event though without an agenda, not when you invite Ted Nugent to perform, he who believes that Obama wasn't born here and so much more that goes with the farthest rightie, the right wing militia thinkers.

I don't expect you will find much of a unifying rally for this country nor a desire that we all see people by what they do-- not by what they claim. Their cry has been against the 'other' and there is nothing humorous about it.

1 comment:

Rain said...

This is a good piece on the two Glenn Becks. I have heard them myself and within one radio program. One wonders what his followers are thinking... Glenn Beck Rally Reaction... or if they are thinking.