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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:11 AM
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DUers- are you watching Obama speaking about King
and Haiti from a DC church. Very interesting - honesty to a fault.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:15 AM
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1. Some not so subtle jabs for those
who don't believe in one step at a time - health care anyone?
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:16 AM
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:22 AM
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3. yes maam, it's a wonderful thing.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:30 AM
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6. Unbelievably forthright
That was the anniversary speech
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:25 AM
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4. CNN right now, 9:25 PDT. Thanks, k and r n/t
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:28 AM
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5. I wish the guy in the back row could have stayed awake
:rofl:
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happy_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 11:34 AM
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7. Obama doesn't get what King spoke of at all
"Since I am a preacher by trade, I suppose it is not surprising that I have seven major reasons for bringing Vietnam into the field of my moral vision. There is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I, and others, have been waging in America. A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor -- both black and white -- through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings.

Then came the buildup in Vietnam and I watched the program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.

Perhaps the more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. It was sending their sons and their brothers and their husbands to fight and to die in extraordinarily high proportions relative to the rest of the population.

We were taking the black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in southwest Georgia and East Harlem. So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white boys on TV screens as they kill and die together for a nation that has been unable to seat them together in the same schools. So we watch them in brutal solidarity burning the huts of a poor village, but we realize that they would never live on the same block in Detroit.

I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor. "
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:43 PM
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8. Yup. It's just so much lip service while ignoring what Dr. King stood for.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:47 PM
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10. +100000
MLK would be against our aggressive military occupations and corporate selling out.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 12:45 PM
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9. you don't get what Obama spoke of at all
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happy_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 01:40 PM
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11. tis true
I didn't watch it however I believe that Obama's actions are an insult to Dr.King's dream and I cannot stand Obama's hypocrisy. I think MLK was an American prophet and we ignore his words to our own detriment.

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death."
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