“I Have Been To The Mountaintop”

Listening to Martin Luther King’s “I Have Been To The Mountaintop”, it’s glaring how far the art of oratory and rhetoric has sunk, even just in my own lifetime.

Martin Luther King was, of course, a tall yardstick to which to compare any orator.

8 thoughts on ““I Have Been To The Mountaintop”

  1. No greater voice in the 20th century I’d argue. I’d also argue he would stand against everything BLM does and if the black community had more leaders like him they would be in much better shape. To think he’d only be in his 70s if still alive. As far as he took civil rights in a brief period of time (more done in 10 years, than the previous 100) it pains me to think how much further he could have brought things in even another 5-10 years. Only Kennedys assassination was bigger in altering US history’s trajectory, and not for the better in either case 🙁

  2. What a great thing it would have been to name today “Civil Rights Day” or “Bill of Rights Day.” As it is it is an ethnic holiday. If you ever get lost in a strange city, and you find yourself on a street named after some variation of “Martin Luther King,” get the heck out of there, fast.
    And that advice applies to people of all ethnicities.

  3. MP it would be safe to say that without his help the 1964 civil rights Bill never sees the light of day

  4. If you ever get lost in a strange city, and you find yourself on a street named after some variation of “Martin Luther King,” get the heck out of there, fast

    Except in Saint Paul, oddly enough.

  5. wow math wrong. My bad. Apparently I thought it was 2006 again for some odd reason….

  6. Would have been interesting to see how different his reaction to the skyrocketing murder rate, especially in the cities, was versus that of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Lots of things going on–liberal Supreme Court, Great Society, explosion in unwed parenting since about 1950–and I’ve got to wonder which way he’d have gone. His speeches seem to give hints either way.

  7. I think it’s time we retired MLK day a a national holiday.

    Thanks to the education by enlightened people like Howard Zinn, we have concluded that Christopher Columbus’ landing in America ( he actually landed on a Bahamas archipelago he named San Salvador), was the opening act of war that concluded in the genocide of Indian tribes that had settled here first. He was not a hero, he was a white butcher who killed wantonly to fill his pockets and to please the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    Likewise, enlightened folk are coming to realize that while MLK talked a good game, his legacy has been predictably usurped by avaricious, black poverty pimps and power hungry leftists and self-hating white fatalists. The devastation of several of our largest, heretofore most prosperous cities, the corruption and ruination of three generations of black families can be traced directly back to Kings “Mountain Top” speech. King must have known what would follow when he boldly strode across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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