Saturday, January 15, 2005

In Memory of Martin

It's a tough time to be an American, and an even tougher time
if you live in the Nation's Capital. At present, we here in the
District are battening the hatches in preparation for the Bush
Inaugural, a display of gross overspending, arrogant
disingenuousness and monster egos the likes of which this town
has never seen. (And we've see a lot of this type of thing.)
Spending vast sums on this extravagance when American troops
are being maimed and killed in Iraq is distasteful enough, but
to do this when thousands upon thousands have been killed,
injured, or displaced by the recent South Asian tsunamis--well
it is just unspeakable.

Martin Luther King, whose birthday is today, said it best:

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land."
---Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964

To honor Martin's spirit, let us live our lives in the service of
peace and justice.

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