Isn’t It Time For Black Americans To Choose “Life” Over “The Dream”?

Martin-Luther-King-Jr_-Before-a-SpeechAnother year has come where hundreds and thousands of citizens of all ethnicities, particularly Black-American, rush to the crowds and Media camps to profess their love, devotion, and appreciation for the late 1960’s era Civil Rights icon, Martin Luther King, Jr. I just find it interesting that if one didn’t know any better, you would think that the only speech that Mr. King ever gave was the ‘I Have A Dream Speech” in 1963. Though that was the most witnessed of his speeches, in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial, as he spoke, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. Is this the one that is the best transferable or relevant today – particularly as it has to do with the plight of blacks in America?

To strive for a nation of people who judge one another based on character content is a worthy aspiration to have. A good argument can be made that since Mr. King’s passing, some 40 plus years ago, America has made Herculean progress. But, according to a recent poll, over the past 6 years we have become more Balkinized over the differences of our skin color. But to me the discourse is the effect, rather than the cause. Which brings me to the speech of Mr. King’s that is more needed to be regurgitated at ad nauseam. It is the sermon that he gave some 10 years earlier to the one that is most celebrated in Montgomery, Alabama, called the “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life.” It was in the sermon that I believe is most meaningful and pertinent today in which he said, “After one has discovered what he is called for, he should set out to do it with all of the power that he has in his system. He should seek to do it so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. Do it as if God almighty ordained you at this particular moment in history to do it. Whatever your life’s work is, never consider it insignificant. If it is for the uplifting of humanity, it has cosmic significant, however small it is. If you are called to a little job, seek to do it in a big way. If your life’s work is confined to the ordinary, seek to do it in an extraordinary way. If you discover that you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michael Angelo painted pictures, like Beethoven composed music and like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, there lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. This is what Douglas Mallock meant when he said: if you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill, be a scrub in the valley – but be the best little scrub by the side of the hill, be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway just be a trail. If you can’t be the sun be a star. It isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are. Set yourself earnestly to discover what you were made to do, and then set yourself earnestly to do it.”

It is in that sermon in which he was not referring to a “dream”, but rather life. He was not talking about “if” some external entity does “x”, then “y” would happen ,wishfully. In the Montgomery speech he spoke of LIFE. He spoke of the blessings of the Creator. He spoke of if each of us did, “x”, then “y” would likely happen. He spoke of what no one in public or in front of the Media cameras will say regarding today’s plight of American blacks – self-responsibility and tying one’s actions, whether they be positive or negative, to results that those actions may bring.  he spoke of one’s relationship to the Creator, not to government.

Just imagine if this was the speech, or quotes thereof, that were played, played, and played again during this celebration, as well throughout the year. The “Dream” speech can be arguably misconstrued as blacks in America waiting for some external entity, i.e., government, giving blacks something. Where as the “Life” speech talks about one doing the best at what they set out to do for themselves, by themselves, using the Creator endowed talent and skills that each of us have, no matter the measure. Where as the former may encourage dependency and an entitlement mindset, the latter encourages independence and self-responsibility.

The picture of the Ferguson’s of today’s America, and that of contagion of crippling under and non-employment of the blacks, in particular the youths, the picture of the gross disproportionate number of blacks in the penal system, and the picture of the epidemic of out-of-wedlock and single-parent households in the black-American community is the cause of too many of blacks staking too much in the “Dream”.  The “dream” that someone, or something, would do more for ourselves than we are willing to do for ourselves. If we one is not willing to hold him self up morally to seek to do the best job that he can do, how can he expect to gain employment or create a business? If one chooses to not to govern himself accordingly, how can he not expect to be governed by someone or something else?  How can one behave immorally and dishonorably, and yet expect just and honorable blessings?

To focus on a “dream” is to induce one to sleep. While to live “life” encourages one to be awake to take charge of his and her life choices, both good and bad. Imagine what a different picture of black America would be today. And imagine how truly great a celebration of this great man’s life we could have.

2014: The Year The Truth Became Collateral Damage In The Degradation of America

10. The connection between the White House and the I.R.S in the I.R.S targeting of conservative political groups and individuals. Evidence of what some argue is the greatest act of collusion between the I.R.S and the White House in recent time against the American people.

9. Obama’s plans to shrink the U.S military to pre-World War size. Despite the unprecedented military expansion of Communist China and Russia, and the admission by the Administrations Intelligence Director of the direct threat they pose, Obama still proceeds in the drastic reduction of America’s military.

8. Labor Force Participation Rate for 25-29 Year Olds Hits Record Low. America’s “Millennials” have become M.I.A in today’s American work force. At the same time, it has been an employment bonanza if you are foreign-born.

7. U.S. Regulatory Costs Are World’s No. 10 Economy. Irregardless of the constant cheering of the supposed growth in the monthly national economic reports, even if they are to be taken as true, how greater would the news be if the economy was free from the burden of government?

6. The Administration’s extreme neutering of the nation’s immigration policies is the cause of the illegal immigrant crisis on the southern borders. As the invasion continues, and the Media attempts to place a simple humanitarian face on it, the cost burden to the public education system and cities alone are debilating.

5. Obama knew people would not be able to keep their doctors under Obamacare. What may go down in history as the biggest and most economically crippling act of blatant deception by a president of the United States, Mr. Obama repeatedly told the American and U.S citizens that they would be able to keep their doctors if Obamacare was enacted. He knew it was a lie.

4. Obamacare will increase unemployment ranks and incentivise laziness. OK, if I don’t work or work as little as possible, I can get more money and more health benefits from the government? Who didn’t know how this would end? Really?

3. Obama’s border policies caused EV-D68 enterovirus epidemic. The same year in which thousands of women and children flood into the nation from 3rd world Latin nations, with the minimalist of health screening, and are allowed to scatter throughout the country and into the government schools. And then there is this “mysterious” virus that strikes the schools where many of the immigrants attend. No correlation? Why was there a gag placed on the Border Agents?

2. The architect of Obamacare admits that Obama purposefully lied and deceived the American people to pass Obamacare. The major media outlets, TV and print, did everything to keep this bombshell from the American people. So much for the “gate keepers”.

1. Michael Brown did not have his hands up and attacked police officer Wilson. This has to be the largest production of mass truth distortion in recent history, second to St. Nick living at the North Pole. The facts of this story, via the Grand Jury verdict, did not get in the way of those seeking to transform this nation into chaos and anarchy.

1. America’s oil boom makes U.S less dependent on foreign oil and is the reason for the plummeting gas prices. With America finally becoming oil independent, and reports of Texas alone becoming world’s #2 oil producer, you would think that this would be front page news and be receiving wall to wall coverage by the Media…instead…CRICKETS!

As secularism, the notion of no definitive right or wrong, becomes more accepted and god, the Christian God, is pushed out of public view, there are two quotes that I will leave for you to ponder, Edward Bernays, whom many consider to be the father of propaganda, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” and Alfred Adler, founder of the school of Individual Psychology, said “A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.” Those who seek to drive this nation into anarchy and division are working very hard to distort and manipulate the truth. It is up to us to chose if they are successful.