The Party of Absence

Two Americas – one living in reality…

For the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic “I have a dream” speech, a lot of people, including the current and former presidents, were invited to speak. Featured appearances by Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and President Obama….

And one, not so much.

If you look at who showed up and who didn’t, it is kind of telling about who knew they were welcome there and who wasn’t. In fact, it gives a crystal clear representation of who has been working to keep Dr. King’s dream alive, and who has been fighting to leave it eternally unfulfilled.

I’m going to single out Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor here. Last time I checked they were in good health, and even though they’re on August recess, I’m pretty sure they could have taken time out of their schedules to attend.

So why were they and the rest of the prominent members of the GOP noticeably absent? Other than posting some incredibly laughable photos on Facebook (seen here and here) with short statements about how they supported equality for all Americans, they declined to attend.

When you have politicians paying lip service to a man they would oppose if he was preaching his message today, while quietly working to undo everything he fought for, that is the epitome of hypocrisy. While they post Facebook messages like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did today, ironically praising a man who died while in Memphis to support the right of public workers to unionize, you can’t help but think Dr. King would be spinning in his grave.

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