Monday, January 21, 2013

How very, very different could MLK and Obama be?

By John Sykes

Fifty years ago, in his “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. thundered:
When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.  This note was a promise that all men — yes, black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
 That same year, in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” King wrote:
…And Thomas Jefferson: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...’  So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be….In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified.  We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime — the crime of extremism.  Two were extremists for immorality….The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness…”
In the"The Audacity of Hope" (2006), 43 years later, Obama wrote:  
Implicit…in the very idea of ordered liberty is a rejection of absolute truth.
How very, very different could two men be? 


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