Civil rights sure don’t mean what they used to mean.

I grew up during the civil rights movement. I even had the opportunity to march with Martin Luther King Jr.

Back then, King told us his dream was for a “color-blind society” – one in which men and women were judged “not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Let me tell you how the “new civil rights movement” has twisted that ideal.

In California, police, increasingly frustrated by the prevalence of unlicensed, uninsured drivers commandeering the highways, have begun setting up roadblocks or checkpoints to find them and get them off the roads.

It sounds like a sensible idea. Checkpoints have been lauded for cutting down on drunk driving. With an epidemic of unlicensed, uninsured motorists – most of them illegal aliens – it would seem like a good way to attack the problem.

However, three “civil rights law firms” have sued several California agencies, including the city of Los Angeles, for the practice of impounding the cars of unlicensed drivers who are illegal aliens. Why? Here’s the logic: Since illegal aliens can’t get driver’s licenses, they are being punished for something they can’t help!

The suit claims Hispanics are being singled out in an unconstitutional, sweeping move that violates protections against unreasonable police conduct against all people – not just U.S. citizens.

That someone would use such warped logic and call it “civil rights” is a perversion of everything noble that was ever achieved by King and others who truly sought a more just society – a freer society.

Does anyone truly believe the civil rights charlatans in California have any interest in a more just society – a freer society?

Here’s a quick lesson about the freest and most just society in the history of the world – the United States of America.

The rights we enjoy in the U.S. are inherent, universal, permanent – they are God-given and unalienable.

Do you think God gave us the right to drive without a license?

Do you think he gave us the right to be totally unaccountable to the laws of men?

Worse yet, the professional civil rights agitators raise unrealistic expectations for their constituents – in this case, illegal aliens. They seek to make it easy for them to break the law, ignore the law, flout the law and show no sense of personal responsibility.

Again, this is hardly what Martin Luther King Jr. taught.

King taught freedom – not licentiousness.

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.

The con artists posing as civil rights activists today have no interest in freedom. Civil rights is big business to these trial lawyers. They believe in getting whatever they can get through shaking down the system.

Even if that means more carnage and death on the nation’s highways.

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