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Thursday, August 28, 2008

THE DREAM FULFILLED


Forty  Five years ago today, August 28, 1963,  Dr. Martin Luther King was introduced at the Mall in Washington  as "The Moral leader of our nation."

Dr. King began his remarks by stating he believed he was speaking at the "greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation."  He was right.

During his famous speech he dreamed of the day his "four little  children would live in a nation where they would be judged not by  not the color of their skin but by the content of their character."  Those were words which have touched my soul and have directed my life, for better or worse. 

Tonight, a young man who was a child at the time of that speech accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party, and will be asking a nation to judge him, not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. 

Barak Obama is a black man,  but that is the least and worst reason to consider voting for him (or against him). 

Vote for him because he comes from a broken family, and became a man who is raising two daughters with his wife. Vote for him because he is smart. Vote for him because he  used his Harvard degree not to obtain wealth on Wall Street, which was his right to do, but because he saw wrong in the neighborhoods of his home, and went back to do right. 

In short, examine Mr. Obama's character and his ideas and his promises, and vote for him or don't vote for him, and don't even consider the color of his skin.  That decision, either way you make it, fulfills the dream of Martin King and validates the greatness of this country. 

The title to this post links to the You-Tube video of Dr. King's entire speech. It's a worthy way to spend 18 minutes of your day. Make it a habit to read this speech to your children or show  them the you tube video once a year, every August 28. 

We have not made the decision on who to vote for. We have often averred that had John McCain not been savaged by Karl Rove's henchmen of the religious right 8 years ago in the South Carolina primary against Bush, he would have won the presidency, and this country and this world would be a much different and better place. 

So we anticipate the speech of Senator Obama tonight, and Senator McCain in a week or so for now, and we hope one of them lays forth the dreams we as a nation can set about working to fulfill in the next fifty years. 


PS. KUDOS to Defense Attorney Frank Rubio for his stunning NOT GUILTY verdict in the case in which his client was charged with attempted murder of songwriter Estefano. The coverage is on the front page of the Herald here. 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rump,
Time to take down those useless polls.

Anonymous said...

congrats to Franl Rubio for one of the best defense wins ever in the justice building.
neil taylor's comments in the herald were very unprofessional and worthy of a bar complaint. he suggested that that the jury was compromised. no neil, it was just good lawyering. and by the way, i thought you were disbarred for money laundering. or did you become a rat and that's why the feds offered you a misd.??
finally von zomff.... dude, you need a long vacation and a blow job. back to back beat downs on major cases. keep your head up and stop making excuses. less is more....

Anonymous said...

Neil Taylor is a very pathetic has-been. His quote was outrageous, from any attorney, but particularly from a person who once claimed to be a defense lawyer. You would think that having once been about-that-close to being indicted for money laundering by the feds, Neil would be a little smarter and keep his big mouth shut , and perhaps learn some humility. Way to go Frankie boy. nice win kid.

Anonymous said...

"Neil Taylor, a defense attorney hired to serve as a liaison with prosecutors, said he felt like someone punched him in the gut.

"What a disgrace," Taylor said. "It's so contrary to the evidence that it makes me wonder if somebody got to one or more of the jurors. It makes no sense whatsoever."

I wonder hoe Neil would feel if someone said that about the (two) hung juries when the federal government prosecuted him.

Anonymous said...

Just now from the Miami Herald:

Crist appoints Charles Canady to high court

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed Lakeland Judge Charles Canady to replace retiring Justice Raoul Cantero on the Florida Supreme Court, bringing the number of Hispanic justices back to zero.

The rest of the story is at http://www.miamiherald.com/news/breaking-news/story/662380.html

Anonymous said...

KFR should now realize what we all know about Von Zamft - juries hate him and will go against his case
because of it.

He comes across as a spoiled brat who will only have things his way.
Any hint of disagreement and he blows a lid.

Nice job KFR.

CAPTAIN said...

THE CAPTAIN REPORTS
(posted earlier today)

45 years ago today, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

Tonight, before more than 70,000 people in a Denver football stadium, a black man will accept the nomination of the Democratic party for President of the United States.

Have we come a long way? Should it have taken that long? Your thoughts?

CAPTAIN OUT .....

Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:07:00 AM

Anonymous said...

Captain, that's a ridiculous question. It's taken that long NOT because of racism, but because there hasn't been a truly qualified black candidate before (and, I'd argue that we don't have one now............Clinton is far more experienced and a much better candidtate).

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Miami SAO has stopped offering PTI misdemeanor diversion in marijuana possession cases??

Anonymous said...

MVZ has a screw loose-with all due respect.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.

Anonymous said...

Have to feel for that guy. Imagine telling the jury how your friend shot you and having him walk like that. Ahhh, Dade county juries. Good point about Von Zamft. I watched his last trial against Mike Walsh, he does come off like a prick. Tough month for him.

Anonymous said...

neil taylor is a disgrace to the bar.

Anonymous said...

Yikes!

Biden's wife was wearing Red and Black tonight!

Those are communist colors ya'll.

Me no like that. Me no vote for Democrat Communist.

Anonymous said...

So was Michelle Obama.

They should know better than to wear Communist Colors.

No Communist. No Democrats. Say no to Carter again!

Anonymous said...

"Young man"? Obama is 47. Bill Clinton was 46 when he was elected.

Also, 11:02 and 11:04 are total idiots. Yeah, the wife of the author of the Patriot Act and creator of the Drug Czar is really a communist... far from it. Don't worry, Biden is a statist moralist just like you like.

Anonymous said...

OK, I've "examined Mr. Obama's character and his ideas and his promises" and I haven't "considered the color of his skin". I've made my "decision" and have now "fulfilled the dream of Martin King and validated the greatness of this country".

Do you feel better now I've validated the greatness of this country for you? Good. Glad to be of service to you.

For the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country.

Anonymous said...

I have a great deal of respect for the First Amendmant and the right to free speech. On the other hand I have no respect for people who wish to comment about me but are not willing to put their name on their comment or who are unwilling to face me and make their comments. Whatever people may think of me and how I act, at least I do what I do and say what I say openly in public and in court. I do not hide behind anonymous .
Michael Von Zamft