Monday, January 19, 2009

Remembering and Celebrating Dr. King

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Paulie remembers a friend of the Jewish people

For years the pages of Paulies Point have honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To the surprise of many I have received criticism for my praise, but it has nothing to do with the issue of race. Dr. King believed in Socialism and everyone knows that I'm a staunch free market capitalist. While I do not agree with King about economic systems we both are ardent supporters of liberty as well as respecting our fellow man. An idea black civil-rights leaders forgot after King was struck down by an assassin's bullet.

I'm not going to rehash old discussions about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton being opportunistic poverty-pimps as well as the disturbing level of anti-Semitism that dominates the current Progressive movement and African American community.

Instead, I'm going to remember a few passages about Dr. King that have found its way on to the pages of Paulies Point.

Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To many this is a day of joy and remembrance and it should be. Dr. King was not just a champion for African Americans, but for mankind. King believed in equality and justice as well as self-responsibility. As a Jew I am proud of the support the Jewish community gave Dr. King during his civil-rights struggles. No religious group or Caucasian community was more supportive than Jewish Americans. Dr. King was also a supporter of Israel and active in trying to maintain strong bonds between Jews and African Americans.- Paulies Point 1/15/07

As a Jew I feel an obligation to confront and combat hatred and oppression wherever it rears its ugly face. Dr. Martin Luther King taught us to judge our fellow man, "not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character." In this war against Islamic-fascism, we must remember the enemy is a deadly ideology, not skin tone. Once we forget that, we have lost the war. - Paulies Point 7/16/2007

I see the Obama campaign as a great achievement for African Americans. As a Jew I was proud of Joe Lieberman when he became a Vice Presidential candidate. Great achievements for historically oppressed people, even if neither of them got my vote. I firmly believe neither would have been possible if it wasn't for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Paulies Point 1/22/08

"How easy it should be, for anyone who holds dear this inalienable right of all mankind, to understand and support the right of the Jewish People to live in their ancient Land of Israel. All men of goodwill exult in the fulfillment of God's promise that His people should return in joy to rebuild their plundered land. This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less." - Martin Luther King, Harvard University 1968

Tomorrow Dr. King will look down from the heavens and witness the inauguration of the first Black President of the United States. While I fear what Barack Obama the man will mean for America, I to rejoice in the fact that Dr. King's dreams are coming true. But I am also saddened that many of his own people corrupted his ideas for their own personal fortune and vanity.

I only hope a President Barack Obama understands the damages the Jesse Jackson's and Al Sharpton's of the world have caused. I pray that Mr. Obama will remind Black Americans that Jews are the reason the civil-rights movement was successful and that the hateful preaching's of Rev. Wright and Louis Farrakhan are in direct opposition of Dr. King's teachings.

Paulie also has a dream. Stop the hate and embrace the love.

Paulie

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