Friday, April 04, 2008

Reverend Martin Luther King, Pastor Jeremiah Wright, Edward Peck; Fierce Urgency of Now Martin Luther King, "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. ~ Martin Luther King, Junior Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Junior. Days from now America will commemorate an anniversary. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Junior was brutally assassinated. Citizens will recall the wisdom of a man who lived for peace and yet, fell victim to violence. Homage will be bestowed. The American people will praise the preacher, the teacher, and the man who taught us all to speak of what remained tacit for too long. In the United States of America, all men are not equal. As a country, we do not treat people well. Nor do government officials lead us to the promised light of world harmony. Reverend Martin Luther King spoke of the sorrow that Americans gives rise to throughout the globe. However, most recall only portions of his homilies. In memorial, people do as is characteristic. They remember the platitudes oft repeated and conveniently forget the profound angst expressed. "I have a dream," is imprinted on the minds of most Americans. The words ring out. They are spelled out in historical accounts that focus on achievements. Anglo Americans believe in this the "land of the free" we have accomplished much. Perhaps, the mission is complete. Caucasians remind themselves of what they believe is infinite progress. Yet, those who experience the nightmare that lives large in their day-to-day experience recall another statement the Reverend made. As Doctor Martin Luther King Junior reflected upon...
America in Iraq; Bull in China Shop "Bull in China Shop" Art By Vic Roschkov [Canadian Editorial Cartoonist] copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. Americans are five years into a battle gone awry. Citizens of the United States cry out, "too much blood has been spilled, too many lives and limbs were lost," we the people want to, "Bring the troops home." Hence, Congress holds hearings. The inquiry is intended to help define the future. For many it is time to exit Iraq and end a futile war. The people have questions; when and how will we complete a failed mission. On April 8, 2008, the Senior Commander of multinational forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus, and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, American envoy to Baghdad, spoke to United states Senators and attempted to address the public's concerns. General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker described an Iraq torn and in turmoil. Each official spoke of the significant, although still-tenuous political progress. The civil servants assured the United States Senators, Iraq is more stable and secure than it was a mere seven months earlier. However, they state improvement is "uneven." Senators, who supposedly speak on behalf of the people, proposed there must be a plan. Several said America needs to make a correction. A few pronounced the course must be stayed. All agreed; Americans must have a strategy if Iraq is to ever be a successful, sovereign nation. These thoughts have been expressed for years, and little truly changes. A near million [or more] innocent Iraqis have lost their lives and many millions more have no home. For refugees and residents, employment is but a vision from eras long passed. Electricity and essentials are not part of daily life. Nonetheless, reports are progress has been made. The rhetoric rises high up into the halls of the Capitol. As the...

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