Monday, January 19, 2009


I've always felt uncomfortable saying "Happy Martin Luther King Day." I don't say "Happy Presidents Day," or "Happy Columbus Day," either, and I could go on about other holidays in this same space. It just doesn't seem fitting to my eyes or sound comfortable rolling off my lips.

This holiday also didn't mean a whole helluva lot to me
in years past. MLK Day wasn't a holiday while I was still in the military and I worked every MLK Day after it was designated as such... the Feds and State gub'mint employees are about the only ones off today... nearly everyone else works. My only observance of Dr. King's birthday in years past was to occasionally re-read his "I Have A Dream" speech, and I performed that small act only after the the internet came into being. (I was busy being inducted into the Air Force on the day Dr. King delivered the speech at the Lincoln Memorial, so I missed it.)

But this year is different, innit? Tomorrow the first African-American man in our history will be sworn into the highest office in the land. We should ALL be proud of that fact, regardless of our political views or loyalties. While Dr. King's dream hasn't been fully realized by any means, tomorrow's inauguration of Barack Obama at the West front of the U.S. Capitol marks the biggest symbolic step in that direction I've seen in MY lifetime. It makes me proud to be an American... so VERY proud.

Happy Martin Luther King Day.


  1. In fact Buck, a survey posted on CNN today says that 2/3 of African Americans believe that the dream has been fulfilled.

    There is still work to be done on that front but I do believe that tomorrow's inauguration will go a very long way indeed.

    I know it is an historic moment to be sure - but $150 million and rising and a sure descent into socialism - it's hard to put the politics aside.

    I'm trying, I promise.

  2. Interesting link, Kris, and thank you for it. I hear ya about "trying," as well. My political sensibilities are also pretty danged offended by The One's coronation/investiture, yadda, yadda. I'd be lying if I were to claim those same political sensibilities are "just fine." They most certainly are NOT. But I'm keeping them separate and apart as much as I can. Hard work, that.

  3. I finally got a package put together for my soldier, and Jesse made me late to the PO on Saturday. I tried not to be irritated by consoling myself that I could always mail it on Monday...Happy MLK Day. Today has been a lesson in patience.

  4. I said almost the same thing to Silver yesterday, "Isn't it awesome that the first Black President is being inaugurated the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?"

    She enthusiastically agreed!


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