Yesterday, Barack Obama commanded center stage at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr memorial and, unsurprisingly, did his best to imply that his own presidency and policies are the most meaningful legacy of the civil rights leader. "We will overcome," the president told the crowd in the National Mall, and "Let us keep climbing towards that promised land!"
Only the land that Obama and his ilk are promising doesn't actually look very good these days, and the important message of Dr. King seems to have been deliberately lost in the shuffle.
For instance, the Rev Bernice King, a daughter of Dr. King, used the occasion to say the Occupy Wall Street movement is turning her father's dream into action, praising the "radical revolution of values and reordering of priorities in this nation."
Equally cheery was her brother, who declared that the American dream has "turned into a nightmare for millions." Although not necessarily for himself or other members of Dr. King'sfamily, who charged an $800,000 fee for permission to use his face on the monument.
US Rep John Lewis, a civil rights icon who protested alongside Dr. King, also spoke at the dedication ceremony...which is more than he was allowed to do when he recently wassupposed to speak to a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters but was turned away when the hippie-ish crowd voted with "down twinkles" (wriggling fingers) to say they didn't think either the man or his history were as important as their drumming and chanting.
Which didn't keep Obama from including praise for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in his comments, saying "Dr. King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street." Really? And how did you come up with that information, Mr. president? Using a Ouija board in the Oval Office?!
But apart from all of that, what is the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr...and how far have we really come since his march on Washington?
On the one hand, 2012 may mark the first presidential election in our nation's history when both candidates are black. But in response to the possible candidacy of Herman Cain, the political Left has gone into full-fledged racist mode in a way that would make a Klan member blush.
Alleged actor Sean Penn referred to the president as "The N-word in the Whitehouse" and asserted that the Tea Party wants him lynched. Alleged comedian Bill Maher (who uses that same n-word whenever he feels like it) dismissively refers to Cain as a "token black guy." On MSNBC, host Martin Bashir has appointed himself the judge of whether or not a black man is really black, and asserts that Cain's conservatism shows he's trying to "denude and diminish his own ethnicity." Meaning, apparently, that a real black man knows his place...and it's on the liberal plantation.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to retreat from his promise to bring Americans of all races together, and instead enthusiastically sows hatred and division for his own political gain. And in this desperate and failing economy, black unemployment has risen to almost twice the national rate while the president does everything in his power to fight actual job creation. Even the Congressional Black Caucus has become upset that the president spends far more time golfing than working to improve life for his African-American constituents.
But Barack Obama and his liberal cronies still want to claim the legacy of the civil rights movement (despite the fact that more Republicans than Democrats supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act) and are only too happy to pose for pictures in front of a 30-foot likeness of Martin Luther King Jr which is made of stone.
Because you'd have to be made of stone not to shed a tear over what's happened to his dream.