The world according to Jesse Jackson

Posted on: August 30, 2011

In a recent article in the Chicago Sun Times, Jesse Jackson boldly spins his way to the end of his article.  From claiming that “conservatives scorn government until they need it”, to “When we in the movement struggled for social justice, we helped weak presidents become stronger. When we in the movement struggled for social justice, we helped good presidents become great.”

Scary stuff if you ask me. Jesse Jackson only knows how to promote dependence on the government and not on self-actualization.  He furthers blames the GOP, Republicans and even Texas Governor Rick Perry for all the ills of our society. But then says that when they need the Federal Government they are willing to take their help.

This disjointed article goes from hurricane Irene to economic disasters either manmade or natural. As expected, just another type of
rant from Jesse Jackson. He even has a crystal ball and claims: “Now the economy is stalled. President Barack Obama has announced that he will release a jobs agenda in September, a range of ideas that will include extending the payroll tax cut, extending unemployment insurance and investing in infrastructure. Republicans have already called those ideas dead on arrival. Conservatives embrace federal help after natural disasters, but scorn it in the wake of the manmade economic calamity.”

He calls for protests by telling people to get in motion. He says, that those at the top need to hear from those suffering at the bottom.
The unemployed need to march on Washington to demand work. People of faith need to protest against children without adequate food or shelter.

He then ends his article by citing the Reverend Martin Luther King and how his protests changed the country as well as politics. He
says, “In 1960, Martin Luther King supported Kennedy instead of Nixon to prevent America from going backward. Then he marched in the streets of Birmingham to pass the Civil Rights Act to move the nation ahead. In 1964, Martin Luther King supported Johnson instead of Goldwater to prevent America from going backward. Then he marched in Selma to pass the Voting Rights Act to move the nation ahead. For Dr. King, there was no conflict between voting strategically to prevent the triumph of reaction and leading a nonviolent mass movement to pressure a president to achieve profound social change.”

How did all of that “social change” really work out? Take for instance, Johnson who started the welfare state. It took Bill Clinton and
the Republican Congress to stop that social change.

He finally calls for people to dream again, hope again and march again. He says, “The 1963 jobs and justice coalition, labor, civil rights activists, the religious — as well as youths — must reconvene for a summit and then nonviolently and massively take thousands of resumes to Washington. Put a real face on real needs. We can change the course to inclusion again. As Dr. King would often say, what makes America great is that although America is not  always right, we have the right to fight for the right. That is a special genius of our free and open democracy.”

More scary stuff if you ask me. But that is expected from Jesse Jackson who seems irrelevant today to sound thinking people.


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