New Dreams for MLK Day

Today is the solemn anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I would like to use this post as a tribute to MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Given all that has transpired since the 2016 elections, I would like to add some clauses to the dream…
I have a dream that the leader of the US will believe in and uphold the principles of the Constitution that all men and women are created equal and have the right to free speech. This includes the freedom of the press- not the suppression or demonization of it.

I have a dream that children will no longer need to practice lockdown drills and people can freely walk their neighborhoods and attend concerts without fear of being gunned down because the Supreme Court will realize that the intentions of the second amendment are not reflected in today’s reality.

I have a dream that race and ethnicity no longer matter as we all recognize that we have immigrants in our near or distant ancestors; and that people do not come from “s…hole” countries, but are judged by the situation they are in which brings them to seek residence in the US.

I have a dream that healthcare and social security will become civil rights. With the prospect of artificial intelligence taking away our jobs and well-being, we need a safety net that puts human beings before corporate profits.

I have a dream that nuclear war is never again on the tip of our tongues. There will be no reason to panic that we are about to be attacked, because we have all signed a nuclear armistice and have plans to deactivate our warheads.

I have a dream that people embrace the truth of science and history and agree to accept facts as facts and not seek to find their own “alternate facts”.

I have a dream that we can come together and compromise through civil debate and drop our partisan leanings for the common good; because we are not influenced by money, hate or tweets.

I have a dream where voting districts are drawn fairly and do not give excessive advantages to one party over another. And where people can vote without fear of being called in by ICE or the IRS. There should be no hardships presented to voters due to identification complications.

I know this is a lot to dream about, and it will not happen without action on the part of everyday citizens like ourselves. So write to your representatives, speak out at local meetings and events and contribute to causes that speak to your heart. We should each do what we can to make this world a better place tomorrow than it is today. That would be a fine tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Jan 22, 2019 @ 19:16:43

    You dream beautiful dreams, and I share each and everyone of them. I’m going to take advantage of your reboot button. Thank you.

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  2. Carol
    Jan 22, 2019 @ 19:17:59

    Reblogged this on Wanderings of an Elusive Mind and commented:
    Beautiful dreams, beautifully written. I share each and every one of them.

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  3. Carol
    Jan 22, 2019 @ 19:18:28

    Reblog thank you auto correct

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  4. Diana who is Playing Without Limits.
    Jan 27, 2019 @ 18:41:24

    I love what you wrote here. My feels are so parallel to yours and it is affirming that I am not the only person who dreams for a better place. You put it together so well. I start many days sending emails to my elected representatives. It has gotten to the point that sometimes I feel like I am an idiot for letting them know what I think and expect as a representative because I don’t think they care. Your words let me know I am not alone and have given me a boost of energy I needed. Thanks for taking the risk in saying it out loud.

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  5. themiddlegeneration
    Jan 28, 2019 @ 10:35:59

    Hi Diana,
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Don’t get discouraged. If we each make our voices heard in our own way and don’t get swept up in the negativity but rather stick to the facts and logic, changes will happen. It is great you write to your representatives. I also submit opinion letters to my local paper which are printed from time to time. And when the urge strikes, I stand with my neighbors in their peace vigils to let the world know I care. We may each be one voice, but when we add up our efforts, we will get results. Stay positive!

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