Remembering Martin Luther King
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What would Martin Luther King think about President Trump, a POTUS who has lied over 2000 times and worked overtime to divide the country based on his obsessions with name calling, bans and walls (to name a few)?

What would he think about Trump's bold rejection of the poor --- a demographic that includes his own supporters who will continue to suffer due to his cuts to SNAP, affordable housing and education? (Note: " whites are the biggest beneficiaries of government safety-net programs or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, commonly referred to as welfare.") I believe Dr. King would start there  --- since he fought for the poor or underserved --both black and white.

In this light, Dr. King would probably notice that when a president can only claim that 30% of the nation voted for him something is missing from his interpretation of American ideals or democratic principles. Such a president would find that his views have placed the nation at a disadvantage --- the world over --- from his ongoing chaos to his: " downgrading of such traditional U.S. priorities as promoting human rights, democracy and international development." As it stands, when all is said and done, Trump will be forever remembered as the president who could not determine what matters the most to Americans --when it comes to American ideals, a leadership necessity for a popular president.

And yet, 50 years later, in contrast to Trump, King's moral courage is still on display and "bearing witness to the truth" as John Lewis recently explained. "When viewed against Trump's agenda or racism King is still winning," according to Jessie Jackson --- the majority of Americans, of course, agree with him. Why? King stood up for righteousness. He stood up for Justice. He fought to bring diverse groups of people together. He fought for equality, fairness and social inclusion. He fought for equal protections for all Americans. He uplifted American ideals and placed them under a spotlight for all to see (i.e. Democracy). Moreover, he gave all Americans a sense of hope --- the type of hope that made it possible for people everywhere to believe in a world where the human condition could and would improve. He believed in the "Promised Land."

President Obama said it best when he explained: "Martin Luther King remains a permanent inspiration for others to keep pushing towards justice. He started small, rallying others who believed their efforts mattered, pressing on through challenges and doubts to change our world for the
better. . . "   

David Landers