The idea that government (and big business) can’t have any connection with social concern—and that big business must be allowed to flourish at the expense of the working poor—is not only unkind and unbiblical, it’s impractical and unhistorical. And it’s become a religion all by itself.
If this mockery of a Tea Party gets its way, the backlash against it will result in a genuine Tea Party, like the one in Boston that inspired the Revolution. And the bums that get thrown out will be the ones in this clown-car of a so-called Tea Party.
Sorry. I’m involved in a discussion over on another blog, and as it’s the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death (and coincidentally the anniversary of a major speech of his, entitled “Beyond Vietnam”, which he delivered one year to the day before his assassination) naturally his name came up in the discussion. Friedrich Nietzsche’s name also came up in reference to the Tea Party, and Dr. King also mentions him in the speech.
I won’t bore you with that discussion. But I do recommend listening to Dr. King’s speech, and/or reading the text of it, both of which you can find here. Click the arrow beneath the title for the audio.
The quotes from Dr. King’s speech that came up in the other discussion are here, but the speech is far more than this:
This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. This oft misunderstood, this oft misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I’m not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: “Let us love one another, for love is God. And every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.” “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and his love is perfected in us.” Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day.
We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says: “Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.”