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A Day of Reflection….

March 21, 2010

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King at Local 1199

During the height of the Civil Rights Era, many years ago….

A famous Republican and Civil Rights leader spoke before a gathering of workers

America was on the verge of great social change,
and many people had lost their lives along the way….
So as this man spoke to them, they were captivated by every word.
He spoke eloquently about the civil rights that all Americans should enjoy despite their color or status…

…but they were a little surprised when he said in his speech that,

“Of all forms of inequality,
injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

That Famous Republican and Civil Rights Leader, was none other than…

Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

If You Believe in Freedom…
You Believe in Civil Rights.

If You Believe in Liberty…
You Believe in Civil Rights.

…And Life,
is among our most cherished of all Civil Rights.

Life…is not just for the Rich…..
but for the poor as well….

We should not perish,
merely because we are poor…

We should not go poor,
merely because we are ill…

Our Founding Fathers saw fit to outline and secure our Civil Rights..
and charged Government with the role of protecting and securing these rights…

As Stated in the Declaration of Independence,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

You don’t have to agree…..
But the fact remains…

Whether you are Conservative or Liberal….Republican or Democrat….
Whether it be at school, at work, at the voting booth, or at the hospital…

We all deserve and should be guaranteed equal access under the law….

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