Yesterday was a solemn day of celebrating America’s greatest civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Solemn because of the backsliding this great country has experienced at the hands of our President Donald Trump, and his silent cadre of Republican politicians, like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. Dr. King’s words have never been more important:
“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
I don’t think McConnell and Ryan are bad people. They’re political opportunists who will hitch and unhitch their wagons to whatever politician of the moment can further their agenda. I don’t agree with their agenda, and they, and the rest of the Republican lap dogs who allow Trump spew his racist rhetoric without reproach, should be deeply ashamed on this day of celebration of the life of MLK.
I read this morning that Ryan issued a seven-sentence statement about Dr. King. I couldn’t find anything about how McConnell observed the holiday. Donald “I am not a racist” Trump played golf at Mar-A-Lago, after issuing a statement last week urging others to perform an act of community service. You can’t say that he’s not a consistent racist.
What would Martin Luther King do? He would lead us in a march, right to the voting booths across America this November and the Novembers to come to get rid of the racists and politicians guilty of the appalling silence.