Skip to comments.Obama: MLK Jr. would have supported Occupy Wall Street
Posted on 10/16/2011 3:01:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Today, as he belatedly dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall, President Barack Obama made the questionable claim that MLK Jr. would have supported the class-conscious and envy-motivated Occupy Wall Street movement. The Washington Times reports:
At this moment, when our politics appear so sharply polarized, and faith in our institutions so greatly diminished, we need more than ever to take heed of Dr. Kings teachings, Mr. Obama said, who praised Kings belief in the creative tension of nonviolent protests. If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there, the president said. Those with power and privilege will often decry any call for change as divisive. Theyll say any challenge to the existing arrangements are unwise and destabilizing. Dr. King understood that peace without justice was no peace at all.
Interesting that Obama chose to say the OWS protesters are challenging the excesses of Wall Street because the excesses of the OWS protest are precisely what would surely have been objectionable to Dr. King. The great Civil Rights leader led an intentionally moral movement and that morality was evident both in the goal it sought and in the manner in which Civil Rights protesters sought it. The Heritage Foundations Carolyn Garris explains:
Dr. King believed in a fixed moral law, an anathema to moral relativists espousing subjective values. For King, a just law was a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. Dr. King required that his followers lead moral lives, and he emphasized the importance of faith in the face of adversity.
The kids camped out on Wall Street havent exactly occupied the area with reputability. The instant gratification ideology impelling the protesters is everywhere expressed in sleeping-bag sex, in drugged-out meltdowns, in litter-filled spaces. Even if the ends they aim for are just (arguable), they havent pursued them honorably. Creative tension arises from the challenge of expressing radical ideas in an organized manner. From what I can tell, the OWS protesters havent given themselves a chance to experience that tension because they give into their instincts (including the instinct to take to the streets without clearly defined goals) too quickly.
Then, too, it seems the protesters are looking less for work as they are for the material benefits of work. They fail to see that excellence is its own reward. But Martin Luther King Jr. upheld the dignity of work itself. Can you imagine an OWS protester saying what MLK Jr. said in his address at the Institute of Non-violence and Social Change in Montgomery, Ala., in December 1956? If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lives a great street sweeper who did his job well.
MLK Jr. might at times have used rhetoric later in his life that suggests he would be sympathetic to the OWS protesters redistributive aims, but my best guess is hed also have a few exhortations for them.
It was in poor taste for the president to make a divisive claim in his dedication of a memorial of a man who aimed to unite.
shut this moron up please.
Barry. Didn’t he just say last week that Ronald Reagan would supoport the fleabaggers also? I think Barry might be on “the sh!t” again. We’ve all read the stories about him being alone and “depressed”. It appears that they may be true.
The only difference between MLK and the typical magget infested moronic ignoramous sleeping in the park was about 30 years of age.
Sadly, King would have probably supported Occupy Wall Street. His Poor People’s Campaign of 1967 and 1968 was remarkably similar, so much so that one prominent black critic of King accurately called it a “beg in.”
Once a community organizer, always a community organizer.
only you can do that
They are just taking shots in the dark trying to get the public behind the FleaBaggers. Who is next in the (Insert Name Here) would support Occupy?
Obama’s (hopefully) one-term tenure as President will be marked as one of ignorance, divisiveness, and narcissism.
how would Obama know? He’s more white than black
and Marxist revolution.
Oh, sure...great civil right spokesman HE is —remember how the Selma march brought his Kenyan dad and his Commi mom 2gether...?
Others who would have supported Occupy Wall Street:
3) Pol Pot
7) Chicago 8
America! When is enough enough?
We need marchers to advance on 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue much like the peasants did to send a message to Dr. Frankenstein!
This insane, petulant sociopath is too damned much!
Experiment over. Electing an unknown, dangerous imbecile to the presidency just to demonstrate that we’re not racists has failed miserably. Pull the plug on the monster.
Especially the bashing of Zionist Jews.
I had to turn it off.
He ia ccoomie street punk.
Again, Zero is on the wrong side of history.
I’m sick of him screaming into the cameras every f’n day. What “president” does this? The guy has no decorum and no class whatsoever. He’s proving more and more every day that he nothing more than the community organizer he always was.
MLK’s progeny are considerably more mercenary than the worst Carnival stall barker.
You want ANYTHING from them, you gots ta pay them big, big buck$. Just getting those greedy, fractious cockroaches to sign off on the statue was something like $1.5 million.
If a school wants to play more than 30 seconds or so of his, “I Have a Dream” speech then they have to pay.
For years the family was suing one another regarding income from the MLK museum and the location where he was shot.
Those people are the most dishonorable American$ I can think of. They’ completely disgusting people.
Very true but good luck shaking the hero worship from some of those around here.
Still appreciate your effort though.
When will they trot out the pictures of Michelle with Nelson Mandela? Bet they’ll have a whole montage of exploitative shots of themselves invoking iconic leaders running during the campaign.
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