So Mike Pence went on Face The Nation this morning and compared Trump’d hateful campaign boilerplate about building a wall to MLK’s stirring oratory challenging this nation to fulfill Jefferson’s promissory note that “all men are created equal.”
Pence quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech to argue for Trump's latest pitch for wall money: "Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy." pic.twitter.com/oJPZEG59BQ
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 20, 2019
Now, Pence is intellectually incurious and hateful towards his fellow men and women, but he is not so stupid as to not see the difference between between a throwaway line by a liar in a campaign speech and what King meant when he said:
“It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check — a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds”. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
King was talking about opening doors, not building walls.
I suspect drumpf knows he is losing this fight and he trotted Pence out to make an ass of himself in a desperate attempt to convince his idiot base that he, drumpf, takes as seriously his promise to his voters as MLK took America’s promise to all of its citizens.
Which, of course, he doesn’t.
This was just another bit of cheap kabuki theater, the kind that any self respecting man would refuse to be a part of…that’s why it was a perfect job for the Vice *Resident.
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[cross-posted to PolitiZoom]