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I have a dream that America will return to its heritage of freedom.
But before that dream is realized, we’ve got to stop miseducating
kids at every turn. What do I mean? Take what your kids are learning
today about Martin Luther King and the principles of American freedom.
Just take a look at the garbage being produced to commemorate King’s
birthday by Scholastic, one of the
largest educational publishers in the world.
“Civil rights are the freedoms and rights that a person has as a
member of a community, state, or nation,” writes Kathy Wilmore, in
article titled “Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come?”
“In the U.S., these rights are guaranteed to all citizens by the
Constitution and acts of Congress.”
No ma’am, that is not true. Civil rights, America’s founders taught
us so well, are God-given, unalienable rights. They don’t descend from
government. They are not given out through acts of Congress. They cannot
be invented by man. They are inherent, universal, permanent.
This is such a foundational point of understanding American civic
life, history and government that it cannot be a simple mistake by an
educational publisher. This is deliberate brainwashing — an example of
the dumbing-down process we hear so much about in government schools.
What these institutions produce is not educated students so much as
spare parts for a giant statist-corporate matrix called America.
As if to underline her point, she adds: “Since the 1960s, many laws
have been passed to guarantee civil rights to all Americans,” Wilmore
writes. “But the struggle continues. Today, not only blacks, but many
other groups — including women, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, people with
disabilities, homosexuals, the homeless and other minorities — are
waging civil-rights campaigns.”
If Scholastic is correct about rights simply being extended by
legislative decree, then rights can be taken away as easily as they are
bestowed. Those are not rights, folks. Those are privileges.
Notice the subtle way the struggle by blacks is equated with
agitation by “the homeless” and homosexuals. This is Marxist
Indoctrination 101. I know, I used to use such techniques myself. But
now it is thoroughly permeating not just academia, but elementary
schools and private educational companies that must sell their products
to the government educational monopoly.
“Most people agree that decent housing is a basic right,” she
continues. “Yet millions of Americans live in substandard housing — or
have no housing at all. They live that way because they cannot afford
better — or are kept out of better housing by discrimination (unfair
Oh, really? That strikes me as a pretty strong statement to make
without citing any evidence. “Most people agree that decent housing is a
basic right.” Hmmmm. I would challenge that supposition. Even in
America’s advanced case of intellectual, moral and cultural decay, I
don’t believe a majority would now say that decent housing is a basic
right. At least I hope not.
But, even if some poll showed that the statement might be technically
true, I have to add a big, “So what?” Who cares what people think about
rights? It doesn’t matter. Once again, rights — true rights — descend
from God and cannot be given to man by anyone else nor taken away.
We also learn from Scholastic materials that King got his ideas for
peaceful resistance from two sources — Mahatma Gandhi and Henry David
Thoreau. Gee, you know, I don’t deny that those folks were influences on
King, but to ignore King’s inspiration from the Bible is ludicrous.
After all, it was Jesus who taught us — Gandhi and Thoreau included
— about loving your enemy and “turning the other cheek.”
Ahhh, but then, of course, you have the old sticky wicket of religion
in the classroom. Better to simply ignore reality — the truth that
Martin Luther King was a Christian minister. I have a feeling that not
many kids in government school will hear this part of Martin Luther
King’s “I have a dream speech.”
“I have a dream today.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every
hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made
plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of
the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
“This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the
South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of
despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform
the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of
brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray
together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for
freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
“This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing
with a 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.’
“And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let
freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom
ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the
heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
“Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
“Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!
“But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
“Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
“Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
“When we let freedom 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!'”
Freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom. That was the King message. Martin
Luther King talked a lot more about freedom than he did rights. He was
clear on where true freedom and rights came from. That distinction has
been obliterated in today’s teaching about him.
Why? Because freedom cannot be controlled by government. Government
would prefer to define the limits of your freedom by arbitrarily
creating new “rights” and disabusing us of the notion that rights are
God’s unalienable gifts to all humanity.