Today is a federal holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
It marks King’s birthday. He was born January 15, 1929. Note that it is not being celebrated on the 15th. Rather on the 18th. The reason why is in 1968 the Uniform Monday Holiday Act became law. Its purpose to allow federal holidays to contain a Monday so citizens would enjoy a long weekend.
Unfortunately King’s life was short lived. He died on April 4, 1968 at the age of 39 from an assassin’s bullet.
King was a Baptist minister and a leader of the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. The youngest person ever to be so recognized.
His speeches and actions were many. The one speech that sticks in everyone’s memory is I Have A Dream which he gave on August 28, 1963.
Unfortunately, the Black problem continues to exist. Things are better, but still horrible. The shootings by police a perfect example.
Two passages from I Have A Dream note the condition of Blacks in 1963 as opposed to today. Yes, there have been many advances. Never the less, the problem still exists. The problem being one rotten to the core.
King said “…..the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.”
Piercingly true then and now.
He further noted, “We can never be satisfied as the Negro is the victim of unspeakable horrors of police brutality.”
Nothing has changed.
The last portion of King’s speech dwelled on his “I Have A Dream” thoughts. Eleven all toll. Each right on. Unfortunately not many have been achieved. The Black community is still striving for equality.
I picked one line out of the middle of King’s speech. One that we as a people and our government have forgotten: “The time is always right to do what is right.”
King has been acknowledged both in life and death. Perhaps the greatest is his place in the National Mall. His huge statue stands among the greatest of Americans.
His closest nearby neighbors reflect such. He is surrounded by the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
Wednesday is Inauguration Day. Different from others of the modern era. Citizens will not be jamming the streets. No parade afterwards with the now President Biden and his family. Twenty five thousand National Guardsmen, in addition to thousands of other police types, from many jurisdictions to protect our new President.
Too bad it has to be this way. However, we would be foolish not to recognize the clear and present danger and protect all involved from it. Especially after what occurred last week with the attack on the Capitol.
Every day the media comes up with videos of the attack which have not been seen. Newly discovered, so to speak. Each worse than the previous. Each scary. My America!
Luke Mogelson is a war correspondent. He shot a 13 minute video which I saw for the first time this morning. Shocking footage. An obscenity.
Eight to ten thousand insurgents were involved in the attack on the Capitol. Thousands more will be involved in the next attack. Supposedly wednesday. However noting the defensive planing, the insurgents might select a different day.
A new issue has arisen. It is suspected that the insurgent poison runs deep. There is a fear that the National Guard troops in DC could have members who in reality are on the side of the insurgents. A group to attack from the inside.
The FBI is vetting all 25,000. God bless them! That’s a lot of vetting. However such is part of their job/training and supposedly will be successfully accomplished.
Giuliani is consistently in the news.
Two days ago, he announced he was part of the Trump impeachment defense team. His ball to carry the alleged fraudulent ballots problem which resulted in a Biden victory rather than a Trump one.
Yesterday, he announced he could not be a defense counsel in the matter because he was a witness. Recall Giuliani spoke at the rally prior to the attack. “Trial by combat” were part of his closing words.
The man will never learn to keep his mouth shut. He is going to end up in trouble. He has danced well up to this point. I would bet money he is one of the many Trump will pardon tomorrow.
Lindsey Graham is a whore. If not, incompetent. Or, perhaps both.
Four years ago he was against Trump and labeled him with all sort of competency, mentality, etc. insults.
Along the way they became friends. Such occurred soon after John McCain’s death.
Today Graham and Lindsey are, and please excuse the vernacular, “asshole buddies.”
During the time immediately following the Capitol attack, Graham was out there spewing how terrible, something has to be done, etc. Yesterday his tune changed. News indicates he called Schumer and told him the impeachment trial should be called off. The reason: To “let the nation heal.”
Where has Lindsey been the last 2 years? Flying on Air Force One and playing golf with Trump.
There is a suspicion pardons may be up for sale. Not right. Not even close to being right.
Dollar figures from $200,000 to $2 million have been mentioned.
That is not the way it is supposed to be done. It very well may be under Trump. I for one would want the payments noted and what portion went to who. Let’s keep it honest folks!
Biden’s plate is full. He has a ton of problems that must be dealt with. Some sooner than later. I am sure the problems will be prioritized and addressed in that fashion.
All of a sudden, there is a new immigration issue. Reared its ugly head in the past 72 hours.
A caravan of immigrants from Honduras is heading for the U.S. Biden during the campaign had promised to take of take care of immigrants. He did not say right away nor when.
Where 9,000 came from and why now during inauguration week puzzles me. They have crossed or are in the process of crossing into Guatemala. Mexico next. Then the U.S.
Not our headache till Biden says so. And he will not “take care” of them as Trump did.
This 9,000 person caravan has to have been organized. Impossible to get 9,000 people to get together for a trip from Honduras to the U.S. overnight.
Enjoy your day!