Sunday, January 18, 2009

What Martin Luther King Might Have to Say about Inauguration Day

Some powerful words from Martin Luther King, Jr. whose presence is felt this year more than any and who, more than many, recognized that there cannot be equality, in America, without economic justice:

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. "

"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. "

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."

Somehow I think Dr. King would agree that it's not about who is sitting in the White House, but who put him there. We must help Obama make history, together, one citizen at a time.

This is the beginning, not the end, of the struggle for, as Martin Luther King says, "We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."