Today America celebrates Martin Luther King Jr’s 79th birthday. Unfortunately, for the past forty years Martin Luther King Jr has not been around to celebrate his January 15th birthday. Shot down by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, King, if he were able to witness the America of 2008, would probably demand he return and be shot all over again.
While the situation for black people has improved drastically since the civil rights marches of the fifties and sixties, there is now a new and deadly threat to the working people of America, whether they be black, or white, or any shade in between.
It is the empowerment of corporations, the bleeding of the working people, so those with the power never have to lift their well-manicured fingers, except perhaps to reach for a fat cigar, or another spoon of Beluga caviar to set at the side of their gold-embossed dinner plates.
Take as an example the men of the Gunite Plant in Rockford, Illinois, and how their lives and those of their families have been decimated by the dollar-vampires who grow fat wheeling and dealing, living in their fancy mansions with their servants and private jets. To such as they, the men of Rockford, Illinois, are less than nothing – to be used and abused and cast aside as worthless.
What would Martin Luther King Jr have to say of the company known as K.K.R.
Were Martin Luther King Jr here today he would be leading civil rights marches once again. This time he would be fighting, not just for black people, but for those trampled and trodden underfoot by the stampeding forces that would enslave all working Americans, given the opportunity.
The time is approaching when Americans must make a stand, cast their vote not for the glitzy; the worldly; the glib, but for those prepared to stand up and fight against the rapacious corporates, and for the rights of the working people of America.
But, as Martin Luther King Jr once said: “The question is whether America will do it.”
My thanks, once again, to “This Old Brit” for the link and video. More information is available HERE.
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