Letters to the Editor

Says Obama has hurt race relations

Martin Luther King, Jr. possessed the great advantage of having character on his side. I believe the same cannot be said of certain other mesmerizing orators. Obama, Sharpton, et al. come most immediately to mind, which makes their oratory sound repugnant, not compelling.

Freedom needs no lengthy explanation. It needs no five-year plan, or 10-point agenda, or 30-percent tax, or 200-person bureaucracy. Freedom asks for none of those things. In fact, it doesn’t ask for anything – except to be left in peace.

I believe King and President Obama did/do not see the path to equal opportunity through the same light. To compare the two, listen to a couple of King’s speeches: take the Street Sweeper speech, for example, and listen to how he always says that growth starts with the individual, and be the best you can be; that will create a great society of equal opportunity.

I believe Obama chastises the individual, and he instead talks about “society” and the collective (collective is a socialist word). It’s sad that the left is making King a commodity and a political tool because his dream is real and achievable if we all would stop putting our hands out and strive to be the best at whatever we happen to do or be.

I find Obama’s attempt to act like he cares at all about King to be pathetic, considering what he has done to race relations in the U.S.

Barack Obama took 50 years of Martin Luther King’s hard work and destroyed it!

Thomas Paine

Bellingham

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