By Mike McCune —
“I Have A Dream” Led to Bad Legislation. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”–Martin Luther King Jr.
I believe if Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today he would vehemently oppose the agenda of the current Administration.
I believe he would be pathologically opposed to a government system that fosters political correctness in all things and that judges not by the sweat of one’s brow but by inherent laziness in individual man.
Fifty years ago, King gave his infamous “I Have A Dream” speech. Followed within half a year by the assassination of JFK, and the assumption of power by Lyndon Johnson, King had a definitive goal in his dream. LBJ’s implementation of the the “Great Society” programs not only derailed the basis King’s dream but made it impossible within 50 years.
Look at the programs that found light in the Great Society: the Higher Education Facilities Act (December 16, 1963), the Clean Air Act one day later, Vocational Education Act of 1963 the day after that and the Inter-American Development Bank Act the following month. All these were done deals before the Civil Rights Act was passed. But the Great Society intrusion was just beginning. Within months we had the Urban Mass Transportation Act, Federal-Aid Highway Act, the Criminal Justice Act and the Food Stamp Act.
These were the seeds of the destruction of the American Dream and will ultimately undo all points of King’s dream he spoke of so passionately.
There have been numerous liberty-limiting, ineffectual Acts passed since then, too many to enumerate, all following the lead of the basis of the Great Society. But take those first two flurries and see what harm the government wrought in the name of progressivism.
The Higher Education Act was the first salvo in what became known as the “War on Poverty.” Since that war was declared, it has become America’s longest-running war and one which–if judged by the numbers of citizens enrolled in the myriad programs–has been a dismal failure. We haven’t eliminated poverty, government just expanded its scope.
The Clean Air Act followed and we now are saddled with an EPA that is the most powerful agency in the government, surpassing even the atrocious NSA, which was basically bereft of real power until the Patriot Act was signed in 2001.
The numerous, on-going tries to elevate education has now evolved into Common Core which, by its very existence would have been intolerable, if Congress had thought of it back in 1963.
The failure of these programs to correct the problems they were designed to address proves that government is not the answer but the seeds of the Great Society have become a millstone around America’s neck.
The quick deterioration from Constitutional constraints was fully erased 50 years ago, inspired by a misreading of what “I have a dream” meant.
For political reasons the populace was either for or against the initial offerings of all the programs that have come since and most found ‘Constitutional’ by the Supreme Court because of the terms of the sitting judges who hashed out how these Great Society programs could obtain life.
To correct the wrongs identified by King, to salve a conscious ravaged by guilt, the Supreme Court quickly estopped all protestation to the government over-reach in the Great Society.
The decisions then put us on the road to nowhere and Americans can see the end of the tunnel now in the ever-rising national debt, the demands for more revenue from Washington and the dwindling wealth in the hands of individuals.
Like a prostitute demeans herself for each money-making trick, our government has demeaned itself even farther. To such a degree that the moral compass has apparently been forever lost.
Economically, socially, spiritually…this country has reached depths never imagined by Germany’s National Socialist Party.
My version of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” would be as heartfelt as his was 50 years ago but focus on a different area. Mine would be about eliminating the rapacity of an overgrown bureaucracy led by pompous, stuffed shirt images of men and women filling the black robes of the Court and sitting in the ‘honored’ seats of the Presidency and Congress.
My dream would be to sever their greedy, grasping fingers, diminish the importance of their inside bickering and return to a time when individual man could dream of a better life for his family and achieve it.
But the genie is out of the bottle. Without following the footsteps of our Founding Fathers that dream is gone.
I believe today, if all were alive, Martin Luther King Jr. would be standing with the Founding Fathers in their protest and ultimate war with an uncaring, overbearing government led not from across the Atlantic but from the heart of the United States itself.
“I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”–Thomas Jefferson