Dreams are not for the taking, especially when they are someone else’s dreams. In Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific the character Bloody Mary sings “you’ve got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Martin Luther King’s original message stands alone as an iconic historical moment. His dream not entirely realized even today requires some recognition of what it would take to make it a reality. Suggesting his message needs to be revitalized in some revelatory new fashion is an absurdity of monumental proportions; that it should be co-opted or rewritten ignores the profundity of its original content.

Glenn Beck’s weekend rally was another inglorious attempt to make all that is detestable about his positions seem palatable and patriotic by asserting a goal of “restoring honor.” With Sarah Palin as a featured speaker and a mantra that created a mythological universe they used words like freedom and liberty as if only they possess the magical components to create a more perfect society. The proposition that the rally was about “reclaiming the civil rights movement” could only have attracted people who either slept through or otherwise missed the entire civil rights era. It was an insult to the memory of that movement’s early standard bearers, the violence they endured, the sacrifices they made.

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