Americans need to unite for a purpose. A purpose we can all agree upon. Left or Right, Catholic or Atheist, TEA Party or Socialist, all Americans do agree, I think, upon one thing, at least: That the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a successful movement for positive social change in America, which was founded upon fundamental American principles, that increased liberty, freedom, and dignity for black Americans.
Dr. King chose to establish his social movement upon the bedrock of American principles, which are outlined in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” See: http://www.constitution.org/usdeclar.htm
“In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” See: http://www.mlkonline.net/dream.html
Is there anyone in America, on the Left or the Right, who disagrees with what the Declaration says, here? Is there anyone in America, on the Left or the Right, who disagrees with Dr. King’s having used this most fundamental of American principles?
To watch Dr. King’s speech: “I Have a Dream”, please see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk&feature=player_embedded
To read my many essays concerning Dr. King’s use of the Declaration of Independence and its Natural Law foundation, please see: http://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/
To read an excellent book, which is relevant to this subject, The Abolition of Man, by C.S. Lewis, please see: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/augustine/arch/lewis/abolition1.htm