FROM LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF COLORADO CHAIRMAN VICTORIA REYNOLDS
A letter to President-elect Joe Biden,
During this time of deep national turmoil, I am not thinking about the inauguration on Wednesday. Instead, my thoughts are on the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how it will be destroyed on Monday.
On January 18th, Martin Luther King Day, millions of traumatized Americans will watch elected officials humiliate themselves in a staged play called, “We are right. You are wrong” with their appointed lapdog media eagerly airing this travesty.
Written and directed by the duopoly.
America will listen as hollow-tip bullets shoot into the bottomless pit of media echo chambers where historical facts will be buried and we forget inconvenient truths.
A polarized nation will not discuss how Dr. King, a man as flawed as any man can be, changed history because he pursued a dream, not vengeance on his enemies.
We will not discuss the people Reverend King hurt, the bargains he made, the asses he kissed, and what he conceded, to make his dream a reality.
Reverend King was not a god, he was just a man, but he was probably the last American Revolutionary!
On January 18, 2021, we won’t be discussing everything that made him great. Americans aren’t allowed to have these discussions any longer, and this will be The United States of America’s greatest loss.
When we are no longer permitted to acknowledge the greatness and the flaws of people who changed American history, as significantly as Reverend King, then where does the United States go from here?
People will not be discussing ideas on January 18, 2021.
At best, they will be arguing. At worst, no one will be talking.
Mr. Biden, the people of the United States have always viewed freedom of speech as a civil right. When Americans don’t feel safe talking…
…then we need to talk.
Reverend King took America’s hand and he held it tightly as he helped the nation walk a historic path. This path led to July 2, 1964, when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.
The Civil Rights Act changed the United States.
It changed the world.
In contrast, in 2021, the duopoly took America’s hand and dragged the nation down another historic path.
It is also changing America.
It is also changing the world.
When signing the Civil Rights Act, President Lyndon Johnson called it a turning point in American history.
Yes, it was.
As he lifted his pen to sign the Civil Rights Act, President Johnson said:
“We must not approach the observance and enforcement of this law in a vengeful spirit. Its purpose is not to punish. Its purpose is not to divide but to end divisions. Divisions which lasted all too long. Its purpose is national, not regional.
“This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our state and our homes and in our hearts. To eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country. So, tonight I urge every public official, every religious leader, every business and professional man, every working man, every housewife. I urge every American to join in this effort to bring justice and hope to all our people.
“And to bring peace to our land.”
Mr. Biden, as President of the United States of America, you stand on the edge of a precipice and the choices you make will change history.
The United States is the greatest nation in the world. But our nation is breaking from wounded hearts and many Americans are living in emotionally dark places.
Do not lock the door.
As Libertarians we follow the Non-Aggression Principle and so we ask you this:
Do not enter your office with a vengeful spirit, engaging in gleeful punishment. It will only create division…and divisions last a long time. Instead, be a President whose purpose is to end the national division and bring peace to our land.
In the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”
Libertarian Party of Colorado