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On My Mind These Days

By Glenn Lambdin

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Dr. King’s “Dream”   

It seems that this week Dr King’s dream is coming true. Forty-five years later, nearly half a century after Dr. Martin Luther King’s prophetic vision, America and the world are witnessing a new reality.


On August 28,1963, Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historical and impassioned, “I have a dream” speech.”  In it he proclaimed, “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.……"  We, as a nation of Americans, need to recognize the extent and importance of this week’s monumental and historic event as Sen. Barack Obama successfully earned the Democratic nomination for president; “an historic achievement that for the first time will place an African American at the top of a major political party's ticket.” 


Dr. King’s dream is profound; judged by the content of one’s character, not by the color of one’s skin. In Barack Obama’s case, I am convinced that the overwhelming majority of those that voted for him did so based on the content of his character, and not the color of his skin. Barack was poise incarnate. Amidst ridiculous accusations, comparisons, and nonsensical media spins, Barack carried himself with dignity. Barack Obama is presidential.


In the profundity of Dr. Kings statement, it is also important to understand what he was saying by what he didn’t say.  To deny someone a vote based solely on the color of their skin is equally as wrong as to vote for someone based solely on the color of their skin. To do, so in either case, is to totally ignore the content of one’s character and undermines the power and importance of Dr. King’s dream.


It would be naďve to deny that Barack didn’t get votes because of his ethnicity, but it would be equally naďve to deny that he received votes based on the same ethnicity. Regardless, Barack won the nomination against a very worthy and popular opponent.  He won because he was a better candidate. He won because his character says, “I am worthy to be the President of The United States.”  And he won because the Democratic Party knew that Dr King’s prophecy will be fulfilled.


Barack stills has his work cut out for him, but this November, when it comes time to punch my card in the ballot box, I may very well be jumping party lines and voting for Barack Obama, because frankly, I like the content of his character. 

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