Having MLK Day off

January 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

I think I like having MLK day as a holiday, over the Friday before the big Sunday. The big day is on Sunday anyway, so it’s already not on a business day.  Not everyone really identifies themself as Christian or needs/appreciaets having Good Friday off  (not even Christians.  Christians still celebrate Easter the same whether or not they’re off on Friday).  But regardless of religion, everyone can appreciate MLK and his efforts (except for racists and maybe a little more attention to the intolerance in the 50’s and 60’s is a good thing).

In fact, I just had a minor epiphany (If that’s not an oxymoron). As it’s no longer acceptable to spout off about how black people will ruin their lives, how even the armed forces cannot stop them (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgH7WgtIU2k) – they’ve had to find new groups to preech hate and intolerance to. During the Cheney and W administration, the message that liberals are the enemy really went nation wide. And it’s like fuel for the uneducated and intolerant. They gotta have someone to hate, these people.

But — so the questions you’re most likely to get about me, ‘Well, what is this guy going to do for me? What’s the concrete thing?’ What they wanna hear is — so, we’ll give you talking points about what we’re proposing — close tax loopholes, roll back, you know, the tax cuts for the top 1 percent. Obama’s gonna give tax breaks to middle-class folks and we’re gonna provide health care for every American. So we’ll go down a series of talking points.

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Um, now these are in some communities, you know. I think what you’ll find is, is that people of every background — there are gonna be a mix of people, you can go in the toughest neighborhoods, you know working-class lunch-pail folks, you’ll find Obama enthusiasts. And you can go into places where you think I’d be very strong and people will just be skeptical. The important thing is that you show up and you’re doing what you’re doing.
     — Barack Obama

It may not be “surprising” that they are bitter towards people who aren’t like them, or that they cling to guns and religion…but it’s not a blank check to act like an idiot to everyone around you just becuase you didn’t get your way.  You know who else does that…children.  Thankfully, not everyone calls for bullets instead of ballots every time something doesn’t go their way. 

“A civil nation of laws cannot have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”
     — Julian Assange

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