In Retrospect: MLK Revisited

There is a lonely phrase in MLK’s “I have a dream” speech.

“You have been the veterans of creative suffering” — a line that preceded King’s more famous dream words.

So I know the context in which it was written. But I just can’t help seeing, in hindsight today, an even wider target for those words. There is a fertile audience.

There are a lot of “veterans of creative suffering” in our country today, maybe not in the same way. Granted to a lesser extent than King’s intent. Nevertheless, veterans of creative suffering… by the very government that was suppose to represent, stand for, and defend their rights.

When a government gives its own people the cold shoulder while at the same time gushes over the concerns of illegal aliens, even before they enter the country, then we have lost.

When securing our border is defiantly called an act of immorality, we have lost.

We have lost when a government by the people for the people has become a government against the people, and against its most vulnerable. We have become witnesses to it when a law like the freedom of information act is transposed into the Freedom From Information. When the objective “for the people” becomes for the self-serving politicians.

And this theme continues on in its incremental desire to control the people, not free them; to tread over them rather than lift them up; seeks to overcome and obstruct the people rather than remove obstacles in their way. A government that plots to remove obstacles in the way of an organized invasion, for the sake of their own political lust for power. A government that has over years encouraged this invasion.

When everyone else in the world is entitled to have a dream but the American people. And their dream supersedes our dream.

Creative suffering?

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