We make fun of black people here at FITS … and consistently rail against affirmative action and other race-based handouts.
Of course we make fun of white people, too … and rail against their much more expensive excesses every bit as frequently (and loudly).
As we have noted on numerous prior occasions, there is no black or white way to implement good … or in South Carolina’s case, bad … public policy. Seriously, look no further than the white “Republicans” (including this one) running South Carolina into the ground. Or look at the white guy who gave U.S. President Barack Obama the blueprint for socialized medicine.
Anyway, today is April 4 … the anniversary of the 1968 slaying of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hours before he died, King had this to say …
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life — longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.
Obviously we’ve heard all the allegations about King being a communist and a moral degenerate – and there may be truth to those allegations.
However as we wrote a few years back in assessing the progress of King’s famous “Dream” in South Carolina, “you can say whatever you want about King’s life, but his enduring legacy is that of a man who fought on behalf of the expansion of individual liberties. That’s a basic premise that we unilaterally support, and to be perfectly honest we can’t think of anyone better than King at articulating the fundamental essence and importance of liberty.”
That’s what’ so disgusting about the vision being advanced by Obama – who is viewed by many as the beneficiary of (and heir to) King’s struggle.
In Obama’s class warfare world, the opportunity for a fair shake has been replaced by the expectation of a fair share … which is certainly not the “promissory note” mentioned by King in his famous address on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Government mandating (or attempting to mandate) a “fair share” is not liberty, it’s tyranny … and it’s every bit as shortsighted as the bigotry that kept equal opportunity suppressed for so long in this country.
This website believes in individual liberty for all – and free market principles that advance prosperity for all. And not only did King write a critical chapter in furtherance of these ultimate objectives, he opened the country’s eyes to the fact that its vision of liberty was in dire need of an upgrade.
Accordingly, while we continue to curse the status quo sycophants who trample on King’s legacy, we honor the underlying vision of a man who has made a fundamental contribution to the expansion of our most basic American liberties.
UPDATE: In song, too …