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The promoters of injustice over at the Republican Party honor Martin Luther King, Jr.'s commitment to justice:

Today, we reflect on the memory of a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is, mind you, the party that has repeatedly sought to suppress voting across the country, opposes marriage equality, opposes immigration reform, and opposes the union rights for which King was fighting at the time he was assassinated.
When MLK was killed in Memphis, he was helping public employees who wanted to bargain as a union.
But of course Republicans don't want to actually do anything to further King's legacy, they just want to brag about the few pieces of his agenda they've come to support. Desegregated lunch counters? Republicans say yes! Voting rights? They're gonna have to get back to you on that.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 08:47 AM PST.

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  •  Reflection (4+ / 0-)

    is all that is left in the budget this year.

  •  Desegregated lunch counters? (14+ / 0-)

    Let's ask Rand Paul about that.  He told Rachel that no, he believes private owners of businesses should be able to pick and choose who they will serve for whatever reason, and he hasn't said anything about changing his mind about civil rights since then.  And right now he speaks for a lot of Republicans.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:05:42 AM PST

  •  Reince doesn't describe the relfections, does he? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm sure Republicans are reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. I suspect that most of their reflections aren't what Reince wants us to think they are.

  •  Maybe Oxfam can help them reflect? (3+ / 0-)
    PARIS: The world's elite have rigged laws in their own favour undermining democracy and creating a chasm of inequality across the globe, charity Oxfam said in advance of the annual get-together of the world's most powerful at Davos.

    Inequality has run so out of control, that the 85 richest people on the planet "own the wealth of half the world's population," Oxfam said in an introduction to a new report on widening disparities between the rich and poor.

    The report exposes the ..

    Read more at:

    Shall we go? Yes, let's go.

    by whenwego on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:09:09 AM PST

    •  always (3+ / 0-)
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      The elite have always attempted to rig the laws in their favor. unless checked and regulated by the masses third world comes to that nation.

      America is in a overdrive for third world status. visit small towns in America and Detroit and inner cities.

      Printed and borrowed money now keeps America afloat. how long that bandage will last is anyone's guess.

  •  They suck; they embody evil white supremacy (2+ / 0-)
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    Ever since rotten Ronnie made it fashionable.

    The evil Rs can go to hell instead of creating it here.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:14:30 AM PST

  •  And therefore I must quote the Bible (9+ / 0-)

    Because I suspect a preacher named Martin Luther might approve of that.

    14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

    18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

    Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

    James 2 (NIV)

    BA translation: "Put up or shut up".

    I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:16:38 AM PST

    •  They sure talk the talk. (3+ / 0-)

      But that's a whole lot different than walking the walk.

      The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

      by Hillbilly Dem on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:28:48 AM PST

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    •  Ah! But . . . ! For the Republiklan Party people (0+ / 0-)

      that quotation IS NOT "THE BIBLE" as brandished, and banged repeatedly for emphasis in every sermon, by their Jackasses-in-the-Pulpit.  The only "Bible" they have read to them is the King James Version; the one that "god wrote and gave to James to found the church upon", as the fundamentals of superstitious ignorance and arrogantly stubborn stupidity - Protestantism - teach.

      (Though one must admit that, your translation is far and away the better one - and certainly the more Christian one - when it comes to the actual contents of the Canon of Scriptures for Use in Leiturgos which can still be found, here and there, in Christianity.)

      •  Not certain what you're driving at (2+ / 0-)
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        I've been in numerous Protestant churches that did not use KJV.

        But for completeness, here's how "Put up or shut up" reads in Elizabethan English.

        What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

        15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

        16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

        17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

        18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

        James 2 (KJV)

        I think it actually reads stronger in KJV, because the verb "give" is used :-)

        I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

        by blue aardvark on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:18:48 AM PST

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      •  The same passage is in the KJV (0+ / 0-)

        It's just in old-fashioned English. A bit harder to read for modern readers, but understanding the difference between "works" and "deeds" or parsing all the "thee" and "thou" isn't so very hard.

        We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

        by dconrad on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:32:28 AM PST

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  •  power (3+ / 0-)
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    Elections don't really run the country--power does.  And power means money--the right succeeds by combining one issue positions with corporate money.  The left's efforts are more tied in with the next election.  The latter is short term thinking--doomed in the future.  If the left is serious about creating a fairer society, it needs to support unionization across the board.  We dropped the ball with PATCO (I bring this up incessantly) -- time to go all in reinventing unions.  Trumka needs our help more than Mary Landrieu.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:21:23 AM PST

  •  Lesson not learned (5+ / 0-)
    ...and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government.

    Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
    By Rev. Martin Luther King
    4 April 1967

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:23:33 AM PST

  •  Hmmm ... the name rings a bell ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Today, we reflect on the memory of a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I know: he's the guy who made racism disappear.

    Oh, wait -- that was Rosa Parks.  Wrong tweet.

    Now, here's a good tweet:

    When MLK was killed in Memphis, he was helping public employees who wanted to bargain as a union.
    But the party to which all the racists in the Democratic Party fled can't be expected to remember those kinds of details.  
  •  They're looking in the mirror and saying... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Thank God I'm white."

  •  GOPers do the exact same with Jesus! (2+ / 0-)
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    Conservatives sure talk a lot about him, pray him, worship him, drop his name left and right…however they're not so big about IMPLEMENTING his teaching!

  •  How is that Possible? (1+ / 0-)
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    Everyone knows that VAMPIRES don't have reflections.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:44:00 AM PST

  •  MLK on gay marriage? (1+ / 0-)
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    From today's UK Progressive blog:

    As I comb through numerous books and essays learning more about King’s philandering, sexist attitude about women at home and in the movement, and his relationship with Bayard Rustin, I am wondering would King be a public advocate for LGBTQ rights?

    ... I find it ironic that the public King we witnessed on a national stage talked vociferously about social justice and civil rights for all people yet his personal life did not reflect the same ethos concerning women and gays. And would the public King have spoken out on LGBTQ justice, risking his already waning popularity with the African American community and President L.B. Johnson?

    In my public address I gave at the Gill Foundation’s National Outgiving Conference in 2007 I said “If Dr. Martin Luther King were standing up for LGBTQ rights today, the Black community would drop him too.”

    King understood the interconnections of struggles. And an example of that understanding is when Martin Luther King said, “The revolution for human rights is opening up unhealthy areas in American life and permitting a new and wholesome healing to take place. Eventually the civil rights movement will have contributed infinitely more to the nation than the eradication of racial justice.”

    This statement clearly includes LGBTQ justice but would King have spoken on this subject at that time and even now?

    King’s now deceased wife says yes.
    But King’s youngest and only living daughter, Rev.Bernice King, thinks otherwise.

    Standing at her father’s grave site in 2004 with thousands of protesters denouncing marriage equality,  Bernice King, who has been rumored for years to be a lesbian, and her aunt Alveda King participated in a march against same-sex marriage in Atlanta. On speculating about her father’s viewpoint on marriage equality, Bernice said, “I know in my sanctified soul that he did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”
    Worth reading the whole thing.
    •  MLK on women's and gay issues... (3+ / 0-)

      ...While MLK was a great man and a huge progressive in so very many ways, it sounds like his attitudes towards women's issues were reflective of the era that he lived in.  That's probably equally true of how he felt on gay issues...assuming he ever even thought about it.

      What would have happened to his attitudes on both sets of issues had he lived?  I'd like to think that his attitudes would have evolved with the times, and he would indeed have eventually taken stands for both women and gay people.  We can't know that for sure...but it certainly seems more reasonable than assuming his views would have forever stayed stuck in 1968, as Bernice and Alveda King seem to want to believe.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:21:37 AM PST

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    •  He probably wouldn't have been for it initially (3+ / 0-)

      But I think the guy who wrote, about whether some people could be dismissed as "outside agitators", that:

      Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.
      ... would have figured it out.

      We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

      by dconrad on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 10:47:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mirrors reflect.. with a reversed image. (1+ / 0-)
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    Their word choice is apt.

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. - George Orwell

    by Wayward Son on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:48:42 AM PST

  •  Listening for the day... (1+ / 0-)
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    Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966:

    An essential 2 CD set of (mostly) field recordings of songs (and bits of speeches and sermons).  If you are lucky, your public library (or school may subscribe to the Smithsonian Global Sound Archive) which allows one to listen for free to the entire Folkways Recording collection -- including the music of the civil rights struggle.

    What this album teaches me, is that if we are going to have an effective movement for economic justice, we too will need an effective sound track.  Listening to this music leaves me both inspired and close to tears.

  •  Hey, cut Reince some slack. He's of the crowd (2+ / 0-)
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    that acknowledges that Rosa Parks stopped racism cold decades ago. He's awake, aware, and down with cool people.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:56:27 AM PST

  •  Republicans would be wise to not ever mention MLK. (2+ / 0-)
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    Their base of bigots will just get mad at them for saying nice things about Martin Luther King, and everyone else knows they are full of shit when the do it.

    You know the world is 12,000 years old and dinosaurs existed, they existed in that time, you'd think it would have been mentioned in the fucking Bible at some point.- Bill Hicks

    by shoeless on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:59:32 AM PST

  •  Voter ID Laws (3+ / 0-)
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    Next the GOP will tell us Voter ID laws are homage to MLK

  •  Rand Paul is not sure about lunch counters (3+ / 0-)
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    As  recall, in Rachel Maddow's famous interview, he was waffly about the Civil Rights Act and making private businesses do something they didn't want to do.

  •  This could be a make or break moment for.. (0+ / 0-)


    There are compelling reasons for Cantor to get on board. As the majority leader, Cantor is on the front lines of the fight to increase the GOP’s control over the lower chamber in November. Republican leaders won't want to be seen blocking a bill designed to protect voters – particularly one with bipartisan support – especially at a time where they’re trying to expand their party’s minority outreach.

     - emphasis added

    They've got to prove that their rhetoric means something real. All the BS talk about (Mike Tursai) protecting the purity of the electoral process goes down the toilet unless they allow a new VRA section 4 formula to restore section 5.

     Chief Justice Roberts called for a new formula when he gutted the VRA, let's see if the justice Roberts activism prompts the republicans to move on this.

    Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia – all GOP strongholds with large minority populations ready to vote for Dems?

    Looks like the GOP old guard has to choose between voter suppression & racism (a large part of their heavily gerrymandered protected voting base - teabag/fundie)   vs   any chance at capturing the support of several minority groups the GOP desperately needs for surviving future demographics

  •  the gop celebrate (1+ / 0-)
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    mlk birthday but they do so because they are glad he is dead and out of their hair, they despise him as much now as they did when he was alive.

  •  Republicans conveniently forget Dr. King (0+ / 0-)

    defined the Civil Right Movement as a "a poor people's movement".

  •  As far as conservatives (1+ / 0-)
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    are concerned, that one passage from that one speech is the only thing MLK ever wrote or said.

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