January 16, 2006

now more than ever

"We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise up from the dark and desolate valley of racial segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice." MLK August 28,1963

i can't make it through a day without hearing the phrase global economy once, sad but true. we are all connected. our history, their history-indeed, it's a small world afterall.

here we are, 40 some odd years later, still at war over race, only now the bully lives on the next continent. nothing new i know, just odd how pc everyone seems to be.

diplomacy over such inflamed issues just feels like the aclu at work on the global scale. everyone accepting the hatred of a few boiling nations, like it's somehow their right to oppress their people. they loudly voice their hatred and go about building nuclear weapons and what do we do? we talk about it. tolerance of evil frightens me. if you're scared to live next door to iran, what's it like to live there? there are a lot of nations i wouldn't care to visit because i think i would represent the invisible yet powerful threat of freedom, every american does.

has anyone read the national geographic article on the Kurds? interesting stuff there. took several years and getting rid of saddam to hear it, but at least we can. but of course it's that same old story, racial inequality and intolerance. scary shit.

so i don't know any answers, what's new right? i just was marvelling at how far we have come to be in virtually the same state, we are spreading freedom worldwide but what do we know? lots of americans don't seem grateful at all for the freedoms they enjoy, everything is due.

at least racial equality is becoming the global standard. i think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be proud today that he shared his dream, and of the fact that many of the thoughts he articulated in that speech at lincoln's feet are felt by all americans to be definitive of democracy.

happy birthday to a great american, Dr. King.

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