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Visionary Leader

January 20, 2014

HE HAD a dream. Today, America commemorates the life and recognizes the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. He was a pastor, a visionary and above all a leade....

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benlofton

Jan-20-14 9:17 PM

"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope & progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute and above all, new wage levels that were not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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benlofton

Jan-20-14 9:36 PM

I have read every single book authored by Dr. King. Many people forget that he was a staunch liberal and was murdered supporting striking workers.

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turley

Jan-21-14 12:04 AM

Many people also forget that he was a registered REPUBLICAN.

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turley

Jan-21-14 12:30 AM

Take a drive along ANY "MLK Drive" in any major city in America to see obamas version of "the dream"....but my advice is to go during broad daylight and to be well armed.

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oluhjnb

Jan-21-14 7:52 AM

Turley, you voting for Chris Christie?

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BushCrimeFamily

Jan-22-14 12:26 AM

Today's shameful GOP has nothing in common with MLK Jr.

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turley

Jan-22-14 6:40 AM

JFK would NEVER be a "democrat" today. Unlike the blind fools that follow obama, he would quickly recognize that the party had been hijacked by anti-American evil. All REAL democrats have come to know this too....only the blind obamite remains.

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turley

Jan-22-14 6:42 AM

most of todays democrats are cowards. that is why they wont fight to get their party back from the socialists that took it from them...spineless sheep.

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promo61

Jan-22-14 8:14 AM

MLK had a vision for mankind that raised the oppressed and opened the eyes of the willfully naïve. There will never be another moment in history when so much changed in our culture. It's often said that a person like MLK becomes larger than life after their death and in part due to the manner of their death. MLK was large in life as well. It demeans his legacy to reduce his accomplishments and his struggles to a single topic used to support our own comparatively small visions for the world. He painted with a broad brush while we have fine point sharpies.

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QuizhatKaddyshack

Jan-22-14 3:35 PM

Spin. A euphemism for "a lie" or half-truth. A half-truth is not the truth. Why do I say this? As I read the posts, each side cherry picks MLK to "prove" their points and "tells" their side of the story. Take the labor movement. Andrew Carnegie was one of the wealthiest men ever, put every dime he had into a new process, the Bessemer Furnace. If it failed, Carnegie was broke, done. We know from history that it didn't and Carnegie's wealth grew. Eventually, labor was organized and the Carnegie companies were coerced (maybe a poor choice of a word there) to share the wealth. It is true that organized labor has had a hand in the betterment of the working class and working conditions. Now let's look at Part 2 of Organized Labor.

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QuizhatKaddyshack

Jan-22-14 3:38 PM

Part 2. I worked at WPX Coke Plant Follansbee, two of us were sent with a back hoe operator to clean track. Afetr about 15 minutes, a hydraulic hose on the back hoe ruptured and I was sent to sound the horn for a mechanic. When the mechanic arrived, I told him about the hose and he showed up abot 20 minutes later with the hose. He took off one end but could not get to the other due to an electrical junction box. I had to go and sound the horn for the electrician. He showed up, removed the junction box, but could not remove the hydraulic hose. Go sound for the mechanic, remove old hose, put on one end. Go sound for the electrician, put on the junction box, Go sound for the mechanic, finish putting on the hose. Then we went home after 15 minutes of work. Due to the onerous work rules imposed by organized labor, thousands of workers are no longer working. Organized Labor good? or bad? The coin has two sides of which some people refuse to acknowledge the onerous side!

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turley

Jan-23-14 9:41 PM

Excellent posts, Quiz!.....my brother worked there too....different plant but same company....and same stupid rules!

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