Monday, January 17, 2005

Happy MLK Day

There are two, perhaps three, others in the history of the United States to add to the Founding Fathers - as though they had been present at the founding. I don't merely mean great leaders or even indispensable leaders of the United States. Nor do I mean those that brought the reality of the country closer to its ideals, indispensable as that also is. I mean, rather, that they reforged those ideals - reformed the ideals themselvs - in a way that should have been the ideal at the founding, but wasn't. The first of these is, of course, Lincoln. And possibly Roosevelt. But without question Martin Luther King.

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