How in God's name, and I mean that literally, can liberals lay claim to Martin Luther King? Isn't it the Liberal Left and their ACLU who want to ban the Ten Commandments? Isn't it liberal Democrats who want to take "God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and off U.S. coinage? Isn't it the modern American Left who vehemently calls for the separation of Church and State? Isn't it only Democrats who want God taken out of public discourse?
Where did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stand on these issues? Wasn't he an ordained minister, like 24 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, who themselves had seminary or Bible school degrees? Didn't he hold prayer vigils and constantly invoke the name of Almighty God, and wasn't he often pictured in public while embracing his Bible? Where in Hell, and I mean that literally, did the new liberal Left Democrats come up with such stupefying duplicitous hypocrisy?
An African-American (emphasis on "American") conservative political group called RagingElephants.org, placed an ad over the last 4th of July holiday weekend beside a freeway exit in Houston, Texas. The large roadside billboard stated, "Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican!" I believe they were trying to point out that MLK was originally a member of Abraham Lincoln's emancipating Republican Party. While King may not have been a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, we can say with certainty that the American political Right has now moved so far left that President John F. Kennedy would be a mainstream Republican and Martin Luther King would fall smack dab in the middle of the right-minded conservative Christian camp!
The Liberal Democrats of today can no longer honestly claim MLK as their ideological leader nor can they reasonably call him their political ally. If we look clearly at the guiding philosophy which shapes the mindset of the new breed of Left-Democrat, Martin Luther King is nowhere to be found. The foundation of today's liberal Left politicos is not that of King, it is none other than the rankling divisive strategy of mid-century Marxist-oriented Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky, an avowed and proud atheist. The very heart of the liberal Left in America now pounds to the beat of Saul Alinsky's cacophonous bellowing, not to MLK's calm appeal for harmony.
If a verbal fight were to take place pitting the unifying voice of Martin Luther King against the divisive rhetoric of Saul Alinsky, who would win -- King's right-minded moral dogma of unity and fair play or Alinsky's amoral left-leaning diatribe of division and crotch-kicking? If there were a ten round "Ideological Fight of the Century", on whom would you bet your future?
Our current leaders on the Left are so steeped in Alinsky's ideology, either by once following him personally, by pro-actively studying his principles and philosophy during college, or by embracing and purposefully initiating his tactics in their activism and speeches, that they are de facto dedicated to Alinsky. These Left leaders who include Rahm Emanuel, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Gerald Kellman, Arne Duncan, and President Obama, among a long list of others, use Alinsky's ‘sacred' divisive political playbook far more often than the ‘accursed' Right imaginarily thumps their Bible.
So, as they say in the sporting world, "Let's get ready to rumble!".......
Round One: Saul Alinsky opens with, "To hell with charity...morality is but rhetorical rationale for expedient action and self-interest."
Martin Luther says, "Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy."
Round Two: Alinksy fires, "Ours is a world not of Angels but of ‘angles'. Reconciliation is when one side gets the power and the other side gets reconciled to it, then we have reconciliation".
MLK parries, "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children".
Round Three: Alinsky jabs, "Radicals...have contemptuously rejected the values and way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt...they are right."
King fades right, "...Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream."
Round Four: Alinsky hits below the belt, "Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Ridicule is a man's most potent weapon. Keep the pressure on. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counter side".
MLK recovers, "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."
Round Five: Coming out with a salvo, Red fires quickly, "Men don't like to step abruptly out of the security of familiar experience. A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives -- agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values. People won't act for CHANGE, but they won't strongly oppose those who do. The time is then ripe for revolution."
MLK, the ‘peace-maker' dodges, fades, and counters, "There is something I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads to the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds."
Round Six: Alinsky lands a left, "The radical realizes that constant dissension and conflict is and has been the fire under the boiler of Democracy."
The preacher counters with a right, "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline."
Round Seven: As he methodically circles the canvas, a chorus of dissonant jeers erupting from protesters rises to a fever pitch, encouraging the activist-radical as he swings away, "Any revolutionary CHANGE must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward CHANGE among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution."
MLK isn't buying the ‘divisionist' strategy. He floats like a butterfly, and unloads a unifying barrage of lefts and rights, "With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."
Round Eight: Both fighters are showing resilience. Angry, and coming from his corner as mad as a hornet, Alinsky fires a devastating left jab, "Remember, we are talking about revolution, not revelation!"
But, just ducking under the punch, it's King who scores and stings like a bee, "This will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning, ‘My Country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing...Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride -- from every mountainside, let freedom ring.'"
Round Nine: Obviously slowed in the last round, perspiring heavily, and a bit wobbly on his feet, Alinsky nevertheless manages to unleash a quick, concise flurry, "What the present generation wants is what all generations have always wanted -- a meaning, a sense of what the world and life are -- a chance to strive for some sense of order."
But the real crowd favorite, as always, is able to thrust and parry, jab and move, and he connects with a slow-building, counter-attack which stuns Alinsky: "From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Round Ten: Damaged but not down, Saul 'Red' Alinsky, the Socialist-Marxist antagonist, plods forward, and with all the false vitality garnered through deception and deceit draining away, he manages a few, slow last-minute punches, "Lest we forget at least an acknowledgement to the very first radical: From all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins-and which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom....Lucifer!" (Satan).
Ignoring the impious eulogy, Martin Luther King, the premier heroic American protagonist of our time, comes quickly over the top with a crushing finale, "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together." Alinsky drops like a rock! It's over -- it's MLK by K.O.
Ringmaster: Saul Alinsky was a devious and cunning propagandist who in 1972 wrote "Rules for Radicals" which espoused his above mentioned destructive ‘fight dialogue'. He was a divider and a secular liberal who played on emotion and advocated change, Marxist CHANGE, yet our liberal politicians who studied him and our mainstream media who revere him, nonetheless aggressively apply his strategies today.
Martin Luther King was a unifier who believed in the Ten Commandments and the Constitution, and he understood our forebears came to a new land expressly to seek Liberty and escape religious persecution. He also fully comprehended that the original intent of the separation of Church and State was meant to keep the government out of the Church, it was not the new Left's inverse and twisted definition where ‘God' is not allowed anyplace in government nor anywhere remotely close to the public square.
The Left in America no longer believes what Martin Luther King believed, they cannot say what he said, and they cannot do what he did! In America today liberals and most Left Democrats and certainly the media, will not tolerate nor defend God and they will try to sue you if you do, while right-minded conservatives, like Martin Luther King, Jr., depend wholly on God.
Mr. Allen lives as a freelance writer in the Pacific Northwest.