Martin Luther King Jr.’s last book, published in 1967, was Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Even though a lot of progress has been made along racial lines since King was assassinated 48 years ago, it would be safe to say that today chaos is trumping community.
Politics is broken. Our successful, twice-elected African-American president, Barack Obama, has been hammered by the Republican Party and its conservative media from day one of his presidency.
The disloyal opposition party did what it could to make sure Obama was unsuccessful in uniting the country by opposing most everything he put forward. Now, the GOP candidates running for president are appealing to their base by saying falsely how awful a president Obama is.
About 60 years ago, King appealed lovingly to the better angels of our nature by leading us through a civil rights revolution that is still incomplete. Obama appeared to further advance the movement that makes us a better nation.
By this time next year we will know if our country has chosen continued chaos or coming together. I hope we choose community.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.