June 24, 2009
Re: 'Stop referencing Martin Luther King'
How about these references, Mr. Brouwer; 'Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but seeing it, and conquering it.' (Richter) Or perhaps; 'Strong reasons make strong actions." (Shakespeare) Whom, you by the way, have taken it upon yourself to quote in a past letter. Or how about; 'Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.' (Sir Winston Churchill)
If one were to quote from the Bible, mention would be made that God wants his words spread. Do you not think Martin Luther King felt the same way? Why would he shout to the world of his dream if not to be heard by all? As he was heard by all. Like all those I have quoted have wanted to be heard, their words listened to, why teaching history is so important.
In your case Mr. Brouwer; 'Having eyes do you not see, having ears do you not hear.' (Mark 8:18)
The turnouts in Caledonia, or perhaps lack thereof, are because of fear! Plain and simple. Or are you simply implying those of the Caledonia cause cannot choose Mr. King's words because they are not of a minority group? Can I, in turn, not quote from the Bible because I'm an atheist? Should the Bibles all revert to Latin, so only those of the cloth can see? Should those of importance speak in tongue so not all my hear? Perhaps it is your own apathy and others who refuse to see, while spuing callous condescending words. It is the people in Caledonia and other surrounding areas that are now being maligned, oppressed.
At the risk of incurring your wrath with yet another quote, I believe I'll take my chances; 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke) At least good people are trying!