Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

MLK’s Dream

In Opinion on August 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

To talk about the MLK speech only in terms of “I have a dream” does it a disservice. It was not merely about a dream of the government making things equal. The key point is found in these lines:


“In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

“the riches of freedom and the security of justice.” That’s not a plea for affirmative action, racial quotas or any kind of race-based justice. It is a legitimate demand for the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The problem? Today, there is no race or group that is free from the oppression of the federal government. Tens of thousands of pages of rules and regulations micro-manage every part of your life regardless of your race, color or creed.

So, I have a dream, too. That my children will not be saddled with that body of laws. That they will not be enslaved to repay the $17+ trillion in debt that this nation intends to hand them.  They didn’t vote or choose to spend a significant portion of their lives paying back debt our generation incurred in their name, and it’s immoral to force them to pay for someone else’s consumption.

I have a dream that they will be blessed with the riches of freedom. I fear my dream is a fantasy, and the people who invoke the name and legacy of MLK to justify generational theft are, plain and simple, thieves.

I have a dream that my children will not get an insufficient funds message.

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