Sunday, September 6, 2009

King and Obama

Last week I told my husband that I did not want to get into politics in this blog.   After reading the following statement , I changed my mind.

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Trumpet of Conscience", 1967

Our oldest son, David, with President Obama
Those of us who support President Obama should no longer maintain our silence.  I  have followed some of the assertions of his enemies but I don't do it often because I recoil at their disgusting, ignorant rantings.  It reminds me of the injustices that African Americans have had to endure since the first Africans came to this country in 1619 as indentured servants.  Actually, there is proof that Africans were here long before that date but that is another post.  Let's just stick with 1619, and notice that date is before the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth.

As a former educator I am saddened by the vocal minority that have a problem with President Obama speaking to school children.  I will not restate or discuss their rambling comments because they have received enough coverage owing to the fact that in America we have freedom of speech.  

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Instead, I would like to publicly support President Obama, a man who is known to be a deep thinker, and suggest that the following quote might explain why some have a hard time dealing with him.  

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
 - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Godspeed, Mr. President


  1. AMEN TO THAT! I agree wholeheartedly. Wonderful quotes from Dr. King. Those of us who support him and his work as President need to speak up louder than his opponents. I personally think he is doing a wonderful job and am proud to have voted for him.

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  3. Sometimes you have to do something that you did not intend to do because what is taking place is to disgraceful to sit idly by and do nothing. It is so apparent these people who are working so hard with their lies in their attempt to make this President fail and then they can give their favorite refrain, "we had one once." that then disqualifies all other member of that group from ever holding that position again; but the other 43 from their group that have held the presidency regardless of whether they were failures or does not disqualify any of them.

    This President is a deep thinker, competent, slow to anger and respectful of the rights and feelings of others.I will not sit by and let these none thinkers discount and devalue what this great man brings to the table. What I have always said, whatever we have is not what is needed and whatever we don't have is just what is needed.

    Keep writing the powerful and insightful Blogs. Thanks so much. We need this.

  4. And I will stand with you, Christella.

    As a point of fact, I marched with Dr. King for open housing in Chicago. The event is mentioned as the "Marquette Park Riot". I suffered a few broken ribs that day. That's what it takes, sometimes...a few broken ribs, a broken jaw, mebbe. Some sacrificed much more.

    I didn't march with Dr. King because he was African-American. I marched with him because he was a wise and caring, thoughtful, human being.