Monday was MLK day. It is impossible to view the end of our first Black President’s years and the coming inauguration of Trump without reflecting where we are as a nation. Dr. King was a radical! He preached the most radical love there is, a militant, transformative love aimed at the hearts of men.
That was his dream! He lived and he died for it.
There was nothing passive about Dr. King. Armed only with God’s righteousness, he put his life on the line with every speech, every march and every moment.
And it happened, America killed her prophet!
She couldn’t give what he asked, that a man should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of his/her skin.
Where are we as a nation?
“Goodbye Mr. President.”
Goodbye to a man who has led us with dignity, intelligence, grace and humanity. A man who led us out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. A man who, at every turn, was thwarted by an obstructionist government hell bent on erasing his legacy, yet still managed to give us the Affordable Care Act.
A man who brought children and laughter and music and humor into a badly tarnished White House. A man who led for 8 years without a breath of scandal.
On Friday, January 20 2017, we inaugurate Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
We inaugurate a man so unfit for the Presidency, the world mocks us.
We inaugurate a man who lacks decency and honesty, a crass, crude man, an egomaniac who came to power on the wings of America’s obsession, it’s bitter racism!
We inaugurate a man who’s life and actions show him to be a racist, a misogynist, a xenophobic liar, a con man intent on enriching himself and his billionaire cronies on the backs of the people.
We inaugurate a man who will trash every civil right and liberty gained in the last 60 years in his quest to ” make America, what he calls, great again.”
We inaugurate a man who has unleashed, and given legal sanction to, hate and violence.
We inaugurate a man who will tear up the constitution and leave it in tatters.
We inaugurate a man who has been the mouthpiece for hate in the 21st century in just two years.
Why America Why? Why tarnish the progress THAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS OF THE PATRIOTS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT?
We know that every generation struggles relating COMMUNICATING to the previous generation. We know that every child speaks a different language. The incoming President spoke the language of power, hate, oppression and control, just like the former slave master spoke. We shall endure. We have before. But, if we CANNOT remain lazy! WE CANNOT AFFORD APATHY! WE MUST REMAIN vigilant! OTHERWISE, we will wake up to a world that will offer you crumbs like Lazarus. Whatever is not consumed by those sitting at the top of the mountain of greed will become crumbs for those not born to privilege. There will be attempts to undermine the legitimate press by one that Congressman Lewis says cannot be recognized as “Legitimately” elected because of Putin-inspired interference. Be like those who sacrificed their lives for our rights and freedom. Read constantly, hold elected officials accountable, and always SPEAK OUT, SPEAK AGAINST, AND CALL ATTENTION TO ATTEMPTS TO RETURN AMERICA TO A TIME when we had to settle for the crumbs that fall from the Rich Man’s Table. In this world, there are many writers and thinkers. There have been 44 Presidents and the 45th is the most unqualified ever. If we were to think logically, it would take 400 years or better to squeeze one’s history into such a slender writing. This piece, these thoughts of mine are not even an adequate sample of the many thoughts of people around the globe about what is now and what is to come.
2018 is a vital year. The 2016 election was the battle. 2018 is the war. Will you help win the war by voting. Will you help win the war by removing career elected humans in Washington that do not care about you or your struggle. Will you, my brother, will you my sister, will you, the human race. I await YOUR DECISION. Based on your DECISION TO REMAIN VIGILANT WITH YOUR actions in 2018, we shall see, will you rise up and help OVERCOME ANY ACTIONS THAT WILL APPEAL BACK TO THE TIME OF “JIM CROWISM” AND DISCRIMINATION UPHELD BY WHAT DR. KING REFERRED TO AS “UNJUST” LAWS. ASK SOMEONE WEARING the fake phrase of “Make America Great Again” WHAT THIS MEANS TO HIM/HER. BE NICE, AND LISTEN WITHOUT REACTING EMOTIONALLY. TELL THEM THAT YOU LONG FOR THE DAY WHEN AMERICA WILL BECOME GREAT BY LIVING UP TO ITS CREDO STATED IN 1776: WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN /AND WOMEN OF ALL COLORS ARE CREATED EQUAL, AND THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE/GOD GIVEN RIGHTS OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS FOR ALL
Written by Baron D. Glass