Dr. King was a Republican and he enlisted Republicans to help him fight the Southern Democrats and their Jim Crow laws. He would probably be amazed to discover that the majority of his "race" (not that I think that race is actually a way we should be identifying and separating ourselves) votes Democrat and thinks the Democrats are on their side! He would be appalled at the way Jesse Jackson chose money over convictions and has become another race-baiting Democratic talking head. But for now I will prefer to remember Dr. King by reminding us of his own words...From the US Constitution.Net site:
Was Abraham Lincoln shot for freeing the slaves? Was Dr. King shot for his work as a force for freedom from Jim Crow and racial hatreds? Were John and Bobby Kennedy shot for being men of principle who stood for classic American values, against organized crime and racial hatreds and against communism? The men who shot down these American men of substance could stop their hearts from beating but they could not stop their words and ideals from living on. Ideas do not die with a shot from a gun. They live on when they are true and believed and lived out by others and when they inspire good men and women to take action to promote them.
"What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle - the sheet anchor of American republicanism." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II, "Speech at Peoria, Illinois" (October 16, 1854), p. 266.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy
Me too, Martin. Me too!