Diary

Remembering Dr. King

Today we celebrate the life and achievements of a great American hero. The bounds of his legacy are bigger than either major party and his life and words do not fit neatly into any single ideology. He belongs to all Americans and in that spirit of unity, I would like to remind us as Americans first and Republicans second the decisive role that Republicans have played in ensuring “Equal justice under law” for all Americans. As the Republican Party was formed in Jackson Michigan, expressly to oppose human bondage, it is appropriate today that we hear the words of two Michigan Republicans:

The Chairman of the MI Republican party, released the following statement today: “In 1854, the Republican Party was born, fighting for equality for all.  More than 100 years later, one man’s words resonated in the hearts and minds of a nation, pushing us all to be better.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s courageous stand for equality and opportunity for all sparked a movement and provided an example for all Americans.  Dr. King’s profound dream has now become reality for many.  Today, the Michigan Republican Party celebrates the life and influence of Dr. King and continues the fight for all Americans to have the chance at achieving the American Dream.”

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Young shared his thoughts on honoring Martin Luther King Jr. today in the Detroit News. Young reminds us that King believed in the pursuit of excellence. He points out that the work is not done yet and the importance of conservative values in completing the process. We cannot truly get there without strong families and better schools. Robert P. Young, appointed during the Engler administration is the second African American to hold the title of Michigan Supreme Court Justice.

Finally, my own thoughts on this day. Last night, I was involved in a passionate but civil exchange with an individual who wanted to claim all progress in the US – particularly in the arena of civil rights as achievements of liberals. After pointing out the fact that liberalism now means nearly the opposite of what it once meant (Cf. “classical liberalsim”) I reminded readers of the degree to which the struggle for greater equality in America was the result not of the adoption of new values, but of Americans hewing ever closer to our founding values.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” -Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963

Throughout his most famous speech, King quoted and referred to our founding documents. His faith in this country and the values upon which it was founded inspire and humble as we continue to work for an ever more perfect realization of the American Dream.

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