Ed Driscoll

MLK

Power Line’s Scott Hinderaker writes:

It is difficult to comprehend that Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 39 years old at the time of his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968, or that the prospect of his death weighed so heavily on his mind. He seems too young to have accomplished so much, or to have maintained his judgment under such trying circumstances.

Meanwhile, Star Parker writes that she’s “Thinking About Iraq on King Day”:

The characteristic of greatness – whether we are talking about a great man or great art – is that it transcends time and place. It dips into that which is universally and eternally true and applies those truths to a particular moment and a particular place.

Re-reading, after many reads, Dr. Martin Luther King’s words of Aug. 28, 1963, the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, his greatness rings clearer than ever.

Because King did indeed touch the heavens on that day and pull down kernels of eternal truths about freedom and the condition of man, those words of 40-plus years ago have relevance to our struggles today. They can serve as guidance in these difficult times.

Am I saying that King’s message from 1963 can guide us in today’s conundrums _ about our embroilment in Iraq, about the Middle East, about America’s role in the world? Yes, I am saying this.

Read the whole thing.