This week I was flipping through the channels and saw Glenn Beck mention “collective bargaining” and I thought, hmm I wonder what whacky thing he is going to say now. To my shock and horror he took a quote from AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka and twisted it around to besmirch the legacy of Dr. King.
On his show, Mr. Beck discusses a quote from a speech that Mr. Trumka recently gave regarding an upcoming “day of solidarity.” Mr. Beck reads a portion of a transcript of the speech where Trumka asks that April 4th, 2011 be “a day to stand in solidarity with working people of Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and a dozen other states, where well-funded right-wing corporate politicians are trying to take away the rights that Dr. King gave his life for.” At this point, Glenn Beck stopped, saying:
“Wait, wait, hold it, just a second. Dr. King lost his life for collective bargaining for the public unions, really?”
Mr. Beck is, once again, trying to reinterpret history by using logical fallacies to distract from what Mr. Trumka really said. I challenge anyone in today’s media to twist facts and statements as well as Mr. Beck does.
Dr. Martin Luther King did give his life for Civil Rights, and the right to assemble and to protest are part of that. If our government fails to “Be true to what you said on paper”, as Dr. King said in his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, which is exactly what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and other States are doing, then they are violating our Civil Rights. And that is exactly what Dr. King believed in and died for.
Further more on the night before his death Dr. King asked the question, to the crowd at the Mason Temple, “If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?” Obviously, Mr. Beck has no clue what it means to stand up for the oppressed and to have principles that you are willing to die for as Dr. King did.
In his “Mountaintop” speech, Dr. King, said “Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee” These words were true then and are still true today and I suggest that Mr. Beck go back to school and study his history to see what happens next when the people finally rise up.
Dr. King’s Speech
Glenn Beck Rant from Crooksandliars.com