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Republicans, Racism, Hate and Greed

When slavery was financially beneficial for American businessmen they were willing to go to war and kill other Americans to protect their profits and keep Black Africans in slavery. When Martin Luther King was killed it was because the Black garbage workers wanted a more equitable pay for their labor. Today we see the Insurance Industry and Health Care industry corporate giants on the verge of losing their stranglehold on the dollars they earn by controlling the Health Care Industry. We see America's first Black President leading the charge and again we see that they are prepared to lie and create a climate where some will, yes, even kill to keep the profits coming in.
When Dr. King was killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968 it was because he was there trying to help settle a garbage workers strike for better pay. When Dr. Benjamin Mays spoke at Dr. King's funeral services he reminded us that we all bear some responsibility to make things right for other Americans. And when they go wrong we bear the responsibility because we didn't fight the forces of hate and greed to defeat the legacy of equality of Americans.
In his eulogy of Dr. King he said, "The Memphis officials must bear some of the guilt for Martin Luther's assassination. The strike should have been settled several weeks ago. The lowest paid men in our society should not have to strike for a more just wage. A century after Emancipation, and after the enactment of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, it should not have been necessary for Martin Luther King, Jr., to stage marches in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma, and to go to jail thirty times trying to achieve for his people those rights which people of lighter hue get by virtue of their being born white. We too are guilty of murder. It is time for the American people to repent and make democracy equally applicable top all Americans. What can we do? We, not the assassins, represent America at its best. We have the power - not the prejudiced, not the assassin, to make things right."

The forces of evil and greed are out fighting to keep the profits rolling in. They are working to keep their top executives earnings millions of dollars per year while the rest of us struggle to pay increasingly high premiums for health care coverage. They are our creating a climate that would equate a young Black President as a monster named Hitler. They are out talking about Obama Death Squads out to kill the sick, and the elderly, and now we see the latest entry from former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sara Palin talking about Obama Death Panels out to kill her Down Syndrome child.

The fever pitch to destroy the rights to equal Universal Health Care has taken a dangerous turn and death is in the air. These are the same forces that created the atmosphere that justified the killing of the abortion clinic doctor in his church. These are the same forces that caused the killing of John F. Kennedy as he was on the verge of passing the Civil Rights Bill, and then the killing of his brother, Bobby, and Dr. King and Medgar Evers. The same forces of hate that bombed the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, killing four little Black girls are at work today trying to kill change and progress through health care reform legislation.



Republicans Working to Defeat Universal Health Care for Americans

The Conservative Republicans never cease to amaze me in their ways to maintain the status quo, with them on top of the economic ladder, and the rest of us on the bottom.

The latest tricks being used to stop Democratic Party efforts to get a Universal Health Care Program are unbelievable. And some of the advertisements being paid for by the health care insurance and private hospital industries are unbelievable. But when you stop to think about these are the same industries that stand to gain, it is easier to understand.



Crowns Brings Memories of Home

The play Crowns, now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse, brought back memories of growing up in a Black Holiness church in hot Bakersfield, California. My wife, my sister and I went to the play on Saturday afternoon, and all through the performance I couldn't help but remember my mother and the other women in their hats. Growing up in the Church of God In Christ and dressing up for church on Sunday was a way of life. It was summed up by a line in the play that said on Sunday they were going to church to see the King and they had to dress appropriately.



Barack Obama’s Loyal Enemies are Our Enemies

And they are on Their Job

"Conservatives are working hard to try to get Obama out of office.
I think that this President has our backs. We need to let the conservative politicians know that we have his."

I watched as NBC Commentator Pat Buchannan went into a rant about Judge Sotomayor not being qualified for the Supreme Court because she was a product of Affirmative Action. He went on to say that white men had done everything significant in America. He said they had fought the Revolutionary war, wrote the Declaration of Independence, wrote the Constitution, and done everything else of significance, therefore, it was OK that historically it was right that almost all of the Judges on the Supreme Court in the past had been white men, and it was Ok that the Senate is filled with white men.



Obama in Africa, Looks Like America

When President Barack Obama made his speech on Saturday in Ghana, West Africa I was first reminded of my trip to West Africa in 1993. And then as he began to speak saying things like "Freedom is the inheritance of Africans" and "Africa's Future is up to Africans", it all started to sound like the same tough love messages that needs to be modified for and given to African Americans.



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