I have been struggling with the prospect of this coming week for some time. I thought at one point after the election that I would just sit back and just watch the whole thing unfold, maybe give them a chance to prove that my doubts were unfounded. For a short period of time –actually, several fleeting instances– he-who-shall-not-be-named-here acted almost conciliatory and I thought I might just keep this wait and see attitude.
But in the two months since, he-who-shall-not-be-named-here has shown with his words and actions just what he is and will continue to be. And that is an absolute reflection of our worst self in every possible way. There is nothing he has done or said that I would advise a child to emulate. Try as I might, I can not come up with a single quality in his shown character that is admirable in any way. Every aspect of this person is ugly in spirit. Even his limited acts of charity are done selfishly, done only because it somehow benefits him and is seen as a cost of doing business.
This is not a person who is taking the weight of this nation upon his shoulders so that all in this nation will benefit. He doesn’t care about you or me. He doesn’t care about coal miners in Kentucky or farmers in Iowa– they were simply a cost of doing business. No, he’s putting this country on a butcher block in front of him and is trying to figure how to carve off an even larger and juicier portion for himself and his money buddies.
I agree with John Lewis when he says that he-who-shall-not-be-named-here is not a legitimate president and applaud his courage for saying those words. But John Lewis is a man of courage and a man who has always worked to lift others. This is a man who has truly worked to change America for the better and who has consistently stood on the right side of history.
And he is seeing a person coming to power who seeks to weaken the rights and freedoms for which he has bled. A person who is poised to push us on to the wrong side of history, who is willing to trade away the idealism that has long been our strength and foundation for the benefit and self interests of a precious few.
So, on this weekend marking the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday I thought my Sunday morning musical choice should reflect that. It’s A Change is Gonna Come from the great Sam Cooke, a song that was written by Cooke at the height of the civil rights struggle in response to his arrest in Louisiana after protesting a Holiday Inn‘s refusal to honor his reservations at that hotel.
It’s a great and powerful song with a message that resonates for both then and now. I am also including the Otis Redding version just because I absolutely love this performance. Give a real listen and try to have good day.