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Hope & Patience

January 17, 2010 4:08 PM

Last year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations were all about hope as we were just then inaugurating the first African American President in history. A year later it seems to me that the theme should be continued hope along with a healthy dose of patience.

President Obama is being criticized for going a complete twelve months without solving the deepest recession in a generation, ending two wars he didn't start or completely overhauling the American health care system. Geez, what's this guy been doing all this time?

People forget that at the time of his death Martin Luther King Jr. was being criticized for being too accommodating, quick to compromise, not radical enough and moving too slow. As Americans we are an impatient people. But like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, who were also attacked by their own followers of the day for not being true enough to the cause, it's steady effort toward a goal that wins in the end. We don't remember the ineffective extremists, but rather we remember those who moved the middle. We don't celebrate Huey Newton Day. We remember Martin Luther King Jr.



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