Mugshot to remind us that Martin Luther King Jr and many others did more than just talk
It is Martin Luther King Jr day, and we’ll get to that. But first about the president. He said something awful the other day and it got widespread publicity because it had a four letter word in it. Actually, the word he used had eight letters. But since everything with trump is exaggerated, we’ll let that pass.
First he called Haiti and other places “shithole countries.” Then he denied saying it. In front of witnesses. But not just any witnesses. In front of witnesses who also are United States Senators who until January 3, 1981 were cut from dignified cloth and behaved properly even when they didn’t really mean it.
And one of those senators went on television after the denial and denied the denial. “He said it,” says Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL.) Other senators also in the room are suffering from amnesia. They did it using the mobster dodge “I don’t recall… him saying that.”
We may be fools. But, sens.,Tom Cotten (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), we’re not that big of fools.
But what the president said is true.
Yes, Haiti and those other places are living, breathing, throbbing infected lands of horror. And many of the people there agree. And they come here to try to realize the American Dream. And many do.
Call it smart or call it cowardly, these men and women know their surroundings and strive to climb out of those holes. Meantime, the US supports corrupt regimes around the world because we see the suffering and can’t stand it.
Haiti lost its stability with the demise of Papa and Baby Docs. But what they got was the same kind of squalor and growing crookedness that they left behind.
South Africa’s government has been captured by a trio of brothers from India who seem to make all the important decisions in that country. The difference is that South Africa has saleable natural resources coming out of its ears, so there’s no need to worry about a bunch of fat, greedy boys who control who sits in the president’s chair, the national treasury, the advertising media, etc.
But what about Sudan? Ethiopia? Places like that.
When trump said we need more immigrants from countries like Norway, the instant retort that comes to mind is “what self respecting ambitious and happy Norwegian would want to emigrate here these days?
America could flush the overflowing toilets of Haiti and the African continent. And it would be cheaper than just opening food banks and washing mud off the streets of Port-au-Prince.
“I am not a racist.” -Donald trump
“I am not a crook.” – Richard Nixon
SHRAPNEL (Martin Luther King edition:)
–For many years on this holiday, this space has derided the notion that anyone could speak for Dr. King all these years after his death. But that’s never stopped anyone from members of his family to poverty pimps to Reagan and trump. As conditions in this country deteriorate and the workings here fall into the hands of the weak-but-loud, the hypocrites, the ignorant and the illiterate, we’re less steadfast in our denial that anyone could speak for Martin.
–King delivered thousands of sermons and lectures. He wrote dozens of position papers and worked tirelessly for jobs, freedom and equal opportunity. But we remember him for four words, “I have a dream.” And that’s both inadequate and unfair.
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