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The Last Founding Father: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted by: Jon Henke on Monday, January 21, 2008

This was originally posted in January of 2006. I think it's appropriate to re-visit it today.

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It's been 230 years since our Founding Fathers — a motley collection of intelligent, passionate and courageous men — signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring that...
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
As noble a sentiment as that was, the Founders ultimately failed to follow through on the promise of equality under the law, and our nation fought a horrific civil war to reverse the worst effects of their failure.

Still, that failure was not wholly rectified until well into the 20th century when — "in the course of human events" — another intelligent, passionate and courageous man once again held those truths to be self-evident.


Like our Founding Fathers, Martin Luther King, Jr pledged his life, his fortune and his sacred honor. And, though he gave his life, he succeeded where the Founding Fathers had failed; that last measure of equality under the law was finally secured for all Americans.

For that reason, Martin Luther King, Jr stands on the same hallowed ground as the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He is the Last Founding Father.
 
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And yet here we sit, the most racist nation on earth, where radio hosts use "nappy headed hoes". When will we ever have REAL equality?
 
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When will we ever have REAL equality?
When Halliburton performs gay marriage ceremonies under a new Mt. Rushmore featuring Marx, Hagel and Andrew Sullivan. When Al Gore invents a time machine/infallible ballot counting device that restores the Y2K election to its rightful winner. When the Abu Ghraib torturees receive their reparations from Big Oil. Oh, and Free Mumia!
 
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And whatever Hitlery may say, men of ideas like MLK matter much more than the polititians that finally change tack after the the wind has shifted.

 
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Jon, Great Post!
 
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I can take or leave the MLK post, but I thought I’d generally comment that you’ve been on a hot streak. I’ve thought your last 5 or 6 posts were better than average. Good work.
 
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