If Dr.King Were Alive Today…

On this day, we remember and give thanks for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His leadership and vision changed the course of this country forever. What an incredible legacy to count in our history. Sometimes I wonder what things would be like today if he were still alive. Of course, there’s no real way to know.

I sometimes find it distasteful when people try to politicize MLK in terms of modern-day politics. I hear people say “MLK was a Republican! He’d be against XYZ…” or “MLK was a Republican but would be a Democrat today if he were still alive”. The point is, MLK is not alive today; and while it certainly is of no comfort to his grieving family perhaps it is a small mercy in regards to his public legacy that he was taken so early. We can’t politicize his enormous contribution. There are no YouTube videos or Tweets from MLK we can look at to determine his political position. It’s common knowledge now that MLK was an adulterer, and yet we rarely talk about that because the gravity of his legacy far outweighs the flaws in his character. He is not here to prompt nosy bloggers to dig into his private affairs and publicize details that would shift his public image. In that sense he remains, and always will remain a true Unifier; a warrior for justice and freedom. As Americans of any position on the political spectrum we can all look to MLK for vision and inspiration. We can all agree that he is one of the most important and heroic figures in world history. We can all agree his fight for freedom was worthy, monumental and invaluable.

It’s sad to lose someone so incredible so soon. Although we never knew him personally, so many Americans still grieve MLK’s loss. So don’t view this post as a “I’m glad he’s not with us” post. These are just words I tell myself when I find myself saddened that such a great leader was stolen from us. In the end, MLK Day is not about politics, but about freedom and determination. It’s a testament to a wise God who takes us as we are, flaws and all and turns us in heroes.

8 Comments

  1. kjones says:

    Interesting

  2. I think that if Dr. King were alive today he’d want nothing to do with the Democratic party or the GOP. He’d be an Independent or form a new party. The Democratic party is socially destructive (among other things) – he’d want nothing to do with abortion & same sex marriage as he was a devout Christian. On the other hand, King said:

    “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

    America spends more on defense now that the next 10 countries combined & Dr. King would be strongly against this. He would admonish the GOP for supporting high military spending. So in today’s context, I don’t think he would support either party.

  3. Clifford Bishop says:

    I agree with Talitha!

  4. Joan Ramirez says:

    He is a true hero who cared about all people. Sad that people use him for their own propoganda.

  5. Kim says:

    I am of the opinion that, if Dr. King wer alive today, he would be disgusted with the way the likes of Barack Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan have divided, both in racial as well as class structure, this country that he had worked so hard to bring together in harmony. For a while it was working…at least until 2007.

    Would he worry that Barack Obama took his day of remembrance and turned it into a political grandstand? I don’t think he would mind because that was not in Dr. King’s makeup.

    Dr. KIng would be worried about the 55 million babies that have been aborted.

    Dr. King would be concerned about the current administration’s efforts to turn America into a nation of slaves once again, by removing the 2nd Amendment, and by allowing the country to slide so far into debt, creating this “food stamp society” instead of spending money trying to create jobs and more opportunities for people of every color to get a better education.

    Dr. King would not start his own political party but I am damned sure he would have a lot to say about the way these Demon-rats and Rebub-hooligans have been running the show. The majority of them are all selfish, self-centered narcissists and it has become a country where instead of them being the servants of the people, the people have become their servants.

  6. Neilden says:

    I think that if Dr. King were alive today he would be asking us to join him once again to further our request for government support in establishing our independent communities.. He would ask us to march on Washington once again NOW,. while it could make a powerful difference.

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