Monday, January 18, 2010

Rev, Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.

As it was then, so it is now;"Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours."

I think he'd have something to say about Wall Street, too.

Here was a Caesar! when comes such another?


  1. Not sure that's the best choice of Shakespeare quotes, but Dr. King was surely a very great man. Wish we had someone like that right now.

  2. If we have to live in an empire, Charles, I'd just as soon have Julius or Marcus Aurelius than Tiberius or goddam Caligula.

    MLK was far from a perfect man. But, as you say, we don't have his like today, and are the poorer for it.