The day everyone turns MLK into a Magic 8-Ball

The day everyone turns MLK into a Magic 8-Ball

Two years ago I referred to MLK Day as “If Martin Luther King Were Alive Today Day.”

Every year on MLK Day, the news media, pundits, university professors and opinion writers spend their time telling us exactly what Martin Luther King would think about whatever story or event is currently in the news.

Do an internet search on the phrase “What would Martin Luther King say” or “What would Martin Luther King think” and you’ll see what I mean.

Over the last few years, we’ve gotten a heaping helping of “think” pieces from the smart set on “What MLK would say about Donald Trump.”

It’s as if these folks view MLK as some kind of Magic 8-Ball or Ouija board.

They conjure up opinions out of thin air based, not on reality, but wishful thinking.

And this year is no different.

Today we’re getting breathless outrage over the fact that Virginia gun owners have descended on that state’s capital for a Second Amendment March.

And the Left is rushing to their MLK Magic 8-Ball to tell us exactly how Martin Luther King would feel about “his day” being disrespected ….

…by a large civil rights march.

Ironic, ain’t it?

Like, for example, this:

We are also instructed in no uncertain terms that on this National Day honoring MLK, only certain people are permitted to mention him.

“Unless you agree with my politics, keep his name out of your mouth!!!”

If certain Americans aren’t permitted to even mention Martin Luther King, then why have a National Day to honor him?  Seems rather counterproductive if you ask me.

I wonder what Martin Luther King would think about that?

Okay, just kidding.

I have no idea what Martin Luther King would say, think or believe about that or about anything else that’s happening in 2020 America.  But I’m fairly certain that the objective for making a National Day to honor him was to, well, honor him.

It wasn’t to turn MLK into some kind of political Magic 8-ball.

And it certainly wasn’t to give folks an opportunity to use him as a bludgeon to shame and vilify people whose skin color and/or politics do not align with their own.

There are people replying to every one of President Trump’s tweets, scolding him for not adequately honoring Martin Luther King on MLK Day.  Of course, if President Trump does mention him, they will berate him with the standard “How dare you even mention his name?!!!”

There’s no pleasing these cranks.

Leftists can’t help it.  They ruin everything.

They have turned MLK Day into yet another reason to call everyone a racist or white supremacist while dividing us along racial lines.

Instead of a day of honor, it has devolved into a day of resentment and divisiveness.

I have no earthly idea what Martin Luther King would think of that.  But personally, I think it stinks.

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3 thoughts on “The day everyone turns MLK into a Magic 8-Ball

  • January 20, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    In memory of Martin Luther King this and every day, we might reflect upon the cornerstone of his life – his gift of faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as his personal redeemer and justifier before God – and the grounding principles set forth in the Bible which Martin used as his roadmap for life! One of his favorite passages is found in the Apostle Paul‘s letter to the Galatians:
    “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

    The following are a few choice statements by the doctor.

    “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

    “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”

    “One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart—intelligence and goodness—shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature.”

    “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service …. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”

    “God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men, and brown men, and yellow men; God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.”

    “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”.

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”.

    John 8:31-32
    So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

    Happy Birthday Martin!

    SIDEBAR: God substantially heals identity fragmentation and gives us a new identity that is stable/given, in light of the unchangeable facts of the cross and resurrection, and God’s adoption of me and an on-going project as I try to bring the healing presence of God’s Kingdom to bear on those around me.
    In this way, the Christian understanding of identity is uniquely equipped to offer a challenging response to those caught in postmodernism and addicted to the flux. The identity it presents is neither naïve nor sovereign, but a realistic and healing contribution to the rootlessness and isolation of a postmodern world.
    Ted Turnau

  • January 20, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Oh bullshit

    Always a pleasure, Bob. — Dianny

  • January 21, 2020 at 8:32 am

    MLK Day isn’t even a real holiday – unless you’re black, work for the government, or a company run by some “woke” idiot. It is very nice, however, to drive to work in massively reduced traffic.

    I heard it said that the saddest part of Dr. King’s legacy is how it has been hijacked by race baiters and con men. I tend to agree.

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