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Mr. President, Your MLK Day Email Sincerely Warmed My Heart

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I know I’ve been pretty critical of you off and on, Mr. President, but I’ve just been tryin’ to keep you on your toes, ‘holding your feet to the fire’ , ‘making you do it’ and all that doo-rah  the Democrats tell the rest of us we have to do.  But my goodness, when your email came in on Friday with your suggestions as to how we might help our nation in the spirit of MLK…I was simply staggered by the evidence of your generous nature, and the degree to which you have channeled his visions so  magnificently.  I’m almost sorry now that I ever doubted you.

In part, your message said:

Join the National Day of Service

On Saturday, January 19, President Obama and the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will take part in an event that’s become a tradition — a National Day of Service on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. [snip]

No matter where you are in America, you have an opportunity to join this effort and serve your community. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has helped to organize events all over the country. 

This National Day of Service is about strengthening the communities that we call home, and that’s a goal that we can all share.

So on Saturday, take part in a food drive or help paint a school. Clean up a park or help make care packages for veterans.

There are many ways that all of us can make a difference in our communities and our neighborhoods.

Then you gave some links to service opportunities near us; thank you.  What a revolutionary idea that it’s up to us good citizens to take care of each other, not just simply depend on our President or government to find them jobs, extend unemployment benefits retroactively, and make sure none of our brothers and sisters ever go to bed hungry, or not know where their next meals might come from.  I’m now convinced that in your heart you care about us, and that if it weren’t for those wicked Republicans, things might be different if you had your way.

Some of us have been wondering, Mr. President, about what legacy you might hope to construct during your next four years in the Oval, but given your suggestion that we should paint a school, it may just be a hint that you really do want to be known as ‘The Education President’ as you’d enunciated long ago.  You and Arne have worked so diligently at making our schools better, especially for people of color and the poor.  By partnering with our boldest and brightest captains of industry, you’re effecting exactly the change they were after, and for that I know we all thank you. Schools should be palaces, shouldn’t they, and celebrate our natural curiosities, imaginations, and quests for discovery?  I’ll grab a brush when it’s warmer outside!

And oh, how very dear it is of you it is to remember our veterans.  Some people say that your never-ending military actions and budget would make MLK roll over in his grave; some even say that you have no right to even speak his name.  But gosh, what they don’t remember is that in Dr. King’s day, there weren’t so many nations needing our help to bring democracy to them, nor terrorists to kill.  He couldn’t have imagined that radical Islamists are on the increase for some reason, and we know that they must be terminated, eh?  And so our brave soldiers need all the care packages we can muster.

Still, with all due respect, may I offer a few suggestions for your next year’s MLK Day hints for National Service Day?  You might suggest that we pitch in and help build some of the thousands of critically dangerous bridges (I know how you love ‘bridging’ things), and perhaps advise us to send psychoactive pharmaceuticals to our brave soldiers so that they might ease their suffering?  Maybe coupons for health clinics?  Or…and I’m just spitballin’ here…we could even send bootstraps abroad through the land, maybe toss basketsful of them around town squares, in the ghettoes, barrios, and…who knows?  Food kitchens, and see who grabs them up!

But onward and upward, or really… just a mite backward (in time, anyway):

Last week when David Plouffe’s email came from the White House, I was a little baffled that he was so thrilled by the vast amount of evidence that we have your back, Mr. President.  But now, with your leadership on the thousand points of light that it is our bounden duty to bring to our brothers and sisters in this country, I see what Mr. Plouffe really meant.  And he is goddam right: we do have your back, and we must!  Now that I understand the nobility of our citizens’ jobs in aid of our people…May I humbly offer it to you to use in your inaugural address?

 “Ask not what your President can do for you…ask what you can do for your President.”

With your principled help, we can achieve the true revolution of values that this nation so desperately requires.   Wisdom, justice and love will be your bywords for the next four years.

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