The Dream is Coming True, Dr. King

It was 45 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told the world of his dream.

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 the table of brotherhood.

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

I have a dream that my four little 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!

In the decades since this speech our country has moved at what many times seems like a snail's pace toward realizing Dr. King's dream. Last night when the delegates to the Democratic National Convention nominated by acclamation a man of color to be our nominee for the highest office in this country, we opened the door to a future that could see this nation once again marching toward equality for all rather than crawling or worse standing still.

The nomination of Barack Obama is indeed an historic step, but it is not a sign that the battle is over or that the march is at its end. It is far more likely, we will find that the battle is simply beginning anew.

The nomination of a Black man to be our choice for president will bring out the haters. We will more than likely see a resurgence in the exhibition of racist feelings. As horrible as it sounds keep in mind that it is far easier to fight the racism you see than that which is latent or hidden.

This time we will be better prepared. This time there are more on our side. This time we know that once one shade of brown makes strides toward equality the haters will direct their attention to another shade of brown. This time the haters won't win. They won't win the next time either.

The election of Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee does not signal the end of racism. It does not heal the wounds of the past. The nomination of a Black man to run for the highest office in our nation is only one step of the journey. It is, however, an amazingly beautiful step that will inspire those of us willing to fight the hate to carry on.

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I'm out for the day

This will be the first day I haven't carried around 40 pounds of equipment. I will be away from the internet. Hopefully someone else will start the live-blog tonight. I will be back late. We've been told to arrive between 1:00 and 2:00 to be able to get through security and get to our seats by the 5:00 gavel. I will get as much video and photos as I can to make up for the lack of blogging today.



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Not the dream

I'm pretty sure Dr. King didn't dream of a day when candidates sought to silence their critics by mob action. NB: the Obama campaign was given the chance to send a representative and declined. Instead, after the invitation tipped them off, they organized supporters to silence the critic.

Waaaaaaaa

Right wing corporate smear jobs, that's all well and good. A well-organized, people-powered push back? You call that mob action?

You are so not going to like the mob action that happens in November.

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Jesus Swept, so you can come clean.

Mob action is not a push back

White southerners tried to use dogs and fires hoses to silence King. I guess that's just "A well-organized, people-powered push back". It's ironic that Obama is using that tactic on the very night he gets the nomination.

The election is the perfect way to express your opinion. Given the state of the polls, I would not be counting chickens just at this moment.

Aside from the fact

that Dr. King wasn't a "research fellow" for a neoconservative think-tank funded by big corporations, whose main goal is to keep us on-track with the empire-builders and corporate public policy designers, your "dogs and firehoses" analogy is misguided for another reason.

Kurtz' main goal with his attempt to closely connect Obama and a former violent radical is to stir fear in the hearts of Americans with the aura of a "black domestic terrorist" becoming the most powerful man in our country. It's the same basic cookie-cutter racist fear-mongering that white supremacists have used since before the Emancipation Proclamation.

The thing that pisses me off more than that though, is the fact that Kurtz isn't doing it because he's a racist (he may or may not be), he's doing it to undermine Obama's candidacy so the people that pay him can stay in power. That kind of calculated use of "racism to divide" is far more disgusting than some redneck sheriff with a German shepherd on a leash, as far as I'm concerned.

And there it is, inevitably

If you criticize Obama, you're a racist. In this particular case race doesn't even enter in to it. Obama could have been shown to be Stalin's bridge partner for 20 years and you'd tell me it was just a "social" relationship.

And apparently freedom of speech is conditional on who you are or who you work for. Go ahead and tell me that Obama doesn't have a bunch of people working full time doing opposition research. And just where did Obama get the money to do that?

How many whack-job associates is one Presidental candidate allowed before he becomes just a little suspect? Especially if he is found to continually misrepresent those associations. Otherwise known as lying about them.

Just asking.

You are right, how many?

Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, these men are paragons of virtue and right in the world, and show us that W should be revered above all other men.

And just where did Obama get the money to do that?

From the most donors in the history of any campaign from president, and from the most donors giving under 200 dollars of any campaign for president.

Oh and PS, just because you arent racist, doesnt mean people you quote aren't.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Okay, ask yourself this:

How many whack-job associates is one Presidental candidate allowed before he becomes just a little suspect?

What do you think about the whack-job Georgian President Saakashvili buying his way into McCain's good graces? We came damned close (it ain't over yet) to a shooting war with Russia, while McCain is crooning (paraphrased), "America wants you to know that we're all Georgians today."?

Foreign policy dictated by paid lobbyists is a hell of a lot more frightening than any of Obama's "associations" with radical nut-jobs.

By the way, that's a rhetorical question up above. You're smart enough to be just as apalled as I am by this administration's reckless behavior in the former Soviet republics.

Ugly Mob political results are in?

In a ugly political mob contest! 7 is top choice and 10 will never marry.
1 needs to attend a Jenny Craig weigh loss center and 8 is a lost Geek without a home and most likely a family. Number 3 appears to be mug shot from the Post Office for most wanted. I find it interesting that a right wing republican mob is using the Communist clench fist salute as their sign of authority. In short, This mob should be in Denver guarding Michell Malkin from appoaching inquiring minds about her past Asia mail order bride service.

Please

Its called free speech. You might not have heard of it, but its this thing in the constitution that allows for people to lie on tv and the radio, and for other people to advocate for them to not be on tv.

Please tell me though, how is asking your supporters to call a radio station worse than having paid staffers from your headquarters try to break into an election recount to stop it? Or do you not remember November and December of 2000?

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Pervert

Organizing a mob to shut someone else up because you don't believe they're telling the truth is exercise of free speech? That's the most perverted POV on free speech I've ever heard. If the Obama campaign didn't like what was been said, they should have used the time offered to them by the radio station to exercise their own free speech and make the "lies" self evident.

Wow, still bitter about losing that election?

Secret election recounts? I guess that's a "Progressive" value. And tell me, whose speech was silenced when that group insisted the recount not be conducted in a smoky back room? Totally irrelevant example, but keep trying.

Mob?

A letter to supporters asking them to CALL a radio station does not a mob make.

As for my "perversion of free speech", the constitution was created as a balance between the will of the majority and will of the minority. In the public arena it allows them to yell at each other as much as they want. You might not have heard of this thing, but its also known as the freedom of assembly.

But then again, you probably would have found Sam Adams to be a traitor. Because Lord knows, mobs are evil and all that.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

The next time

you call a respected community member a pervert or anything similarly derogatory, I will ban you from BlueNC.

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Jesus Swept, so you can come clean.

Did you even read the post?

Oh my, a threat. I'll probably soil myself in fear.

That's the most perverted POV on free speech I've ever heard.

I called the point of view perverted, not the poster. It the title confused you then I'm sorry for that.

And as I have pointed out before, given the predilection of plenty of the posters here to call (me and others) abusive names, you really don't have much high ground to stand on with regards to name calling. Unless you really just are willing to admit there's a double standard. Doesn't bother me a bit to be called a name. I believe "Fuck off" was only the most recent (Actually it was "F*&k off". So much better). I've been called worse names by better people. And when someone calls me a name it proves they don't have any actual argument. But my my we're awfully thin skinned around here when it comes to our own aren't we? But I guess you learned it from Obama himself: "a slimy character assassin", "right-wing hatchet man", "baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears".

Go ahead and ban me. Demonstrate to the world at large that open-minded "Progressives" can't bear to hear an opposing point of view.

I know those of you who take your marching orders from Obama didn't bother to listen to the broadcast at the link I gave. Kurtz read directly from the record, paragraph after paragraph, of Obama's relationship with Ayers. Those records were in a public library to which someone had tried to limit his access (wonder who? wonder why?).

And speaking of name calling, notice how that, at Obama's direction, that's all the callers to the show had. Weren't interested at all in Obama's activities as a "community organizer", whatever that means. With regard to Kurtz, all they had to say is "shut him up, I don't like what he's saying".

I'm reminded when John Edwards said he wouldn't respond to "tabloid trash". How'd that work out for him? Turned out the Enquirer had it right and Kurtz may have it right too.

And if you really want to talk about people with a lot of money trying to influence elections, we're really going to have to have the George Soros discussion.

Obama can try to suppress his past all he wants, and his worshipers in the media will try and help, but it will soon be in the public record whether he wants it there or not.

Repeat after me, it's not what you did, it's the coverup that gets you every time. Every time. Every time.

There are some of us who are interested in the content of Obama's character, not just the color of his skin. I'm thinking King would approve.

Speaking of a coverup, I was reminded last night that John "reporting for duty" Kerry has not released his full military record since he gave his speech four years ago. (Releasing it to a sympathetic Boston Globe reporter doesn't count.) Bush has released so much that we have his dental records from 1972.

Much had been made of Bush's poor grades his freshman year at Yale. After the election we did finally get Kerry's college grades. John "I'm so learned" Kerry had worse grades than that big dummy Bush. Ooops.

The more Obama weasels, the worse he looks.

No...you titled it "pervert" for a reason

Thought you'd get away with a little creativity in the title and label the person you are addressing. I read the post.

James, I sent him a private warning and wasn't even going to bother with flagging the account.



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PS Maj, I appreciate your apology for the overly clever title, qualified as it was.

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Jesus Swept, so you can come clean.