Vicky Hartzler @VickyHartzlerMO
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
[….] 12:58 PM · Jan 17, 2022
Vicky Hartzler @VickyHartzlerMO
The woke Left’s attack on our families and values has turned blue Virginia red. America will not stand for this critical race theory and radical gender theory assault on our children. It’s time to fight back! 8:49 AM · Nov 3, 2021
Vicky Hartzler @VickyHartzlerMO
The DOJ should not be weaponized to silence the voice of concerned parents. Critical race theory has NO PLACE in American classrooms.
[….] 12:04 PM · Oct 5, 2021
Hey Vicky, define Critical Race Theory [CRT]. And while you’re at it, tell us which K-12 schools in Missouri are teaching it.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
“Even in the inevitable moments when all seems hopeless, men know that without hope they cannot really live, and in agonizing desperation they cry for the bread of hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr. 12:13 PM · Jan 17, 2022
There is much hilarity in the responses:
I certainly hope you will defeated in 2024.
You represent everything MLK fought against. Shame on you
After today, you won’t be seeing Hawley support the message of MLK until next year on this date.
Josh googles ‘famous quotes by Martin Luther King’
Love the quote but you quoting it is hypocrisy
Pass the voting rights bill
Vote yes then to voters rights! Otherwise this is JustBlowing in the Wind
They said scary people would be “” MLK today… damn they were right [….]
Is this a joke?? It has to be a joke, right?
“The world was made for those not cursed with self awareness.”
Don’t quote him unless you are voting for the Freedom to Vote Act.
How did you tweet this with a straight face? Do you think we don’t know you?
And what are YOU doing for voting rights, Senator?
MLK is Hawley’s hero. LOL NOT
You gotta be fkg kidding me.
You don’t deserve to invoke his name.
Keep his words as out of your mouth as they are out of your heart.
How dare you quote this man, when your actions are the exact opposite of everything he believed in and fought for?
WTF are YOU quoting MLK for????
Sit down. MLK would have never supported the insurrection party.
Nothing worse than someone like you quoting someone like MLK.
Look at this virtue signaling.
If you respected MLK at all, your voting record and rhetoric would have been vastly different.
Pretty odd you of all people are quoting MLK.
Noticed that you did not say anything in your own words.
Why is that?
Just words that don’t mean anything to you.
This is hilarious because if MLK was around today Josh would call him a communist and do everything he can to denounce everything he says or does.
Quoting MLK while stomping on his life’s work.
You are seriously quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. after attempting to invalidate the votes of people of color? YOU —?
MLK called for leaders of “sound integrity.”
That leaves you out, @HawleyMO
Lordy, I forgot it’s “racist white people quoting MLK day”…[….]
Quoting MLK and then burning Toni Morrison books.[….]
Yeah ummm… I don’t think you get to quote MLK jr. You would 100% oppose his views if he was alive today. You would be going to Tucker Carlson to slam him so just shush [….]
Do not say his name, while you destroy all he achieved, for your own political gain
It’s to bad that you are one of the people are promoting the REMOVAL OF Martin Luther King’s life and legacy from history class
you want you quoting Dr. King placed under that pic of the repub carrying the confed flag thru the hallways of the attacked Capitol?
or over the one where repubs beat a cop unconscious?
If only you understood and, more important, lived this quote in all its meaning and context. If only you believed in these words. Instead, using his words as you do reeks of political opportunism, just like fist-pumping at an insurrection.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
MLK understood the importance & dignity of work, something our policy “experts” have forgotten. He famously said: “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance…” 9:56 AM – 21 Jan 2019
Uh, what “policy experts”? This Tweet reads like it came from a right wingnut Tweet-o-matic blandifier bot. Gee, let’s combine a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote with some meaningless right wingnut talking point.
The responses on Twitter are less charitable:
Are you seriously trying to use Dr. King’s legacy to attack the very people he was fighting for? There is no dignity in working full time or more and still living in poverty. There is no dignity in losing everything you’ve worked for to pay for medical treatment.
There is no dignity in taking children away from their parents and putting them in cages. There is no dignity in failing to uphold the minimum standards of your job by making sure the government is open to serve the people.
There is no dignity in lying to the American people by fabricating a crisis. There is no dignity in scapegoating those who have the least to provide cover for those who have the most. There is no dignity in forcing people to work for no pay as leverage.
In short Senator, there is no dignity in you, your party or your president and until you summon some, the words of Dr. King will be beyond and above you.
You’re taking that quote entirely out context, in that King was making a case for a liveable wage and benefits for all workers. He was saying workers should be treated with respect and valued by politicians, no matter what their job title be.
If you want to honor MLK in service of this quote, open the government and show government workers that their work has value, deserves respect, and they deserve to be paid for that work. Not held hostage by a corrupt President for a monument to racism. #TrumpShutown
IF you believe that, why won’t you raise the minimum wage?!
I think you’re lying, as usual.
Just like he lied about “protecting” preexisting conditions in health insurance coverage (while joining a lawsuit to strip it away).
So, you will be working to raise the minimum wage and strengthen unions, then?
Hi, @HawleyMO – Q from #MO constituent:
Which policy experts are ‘anti-work’?
I assume you aren’t referring to policy types who endorse communal support for young children, elderly, chronically disabled that are unable to work…correct? Curious about specific reference.
Could you explain this? Who are the experts you are talking about, and how do they diminish a work mentality?
Why does everything you say have to be some grievance-filled swipe at a straw man? Newsflash: you are literally the embodiment of the elite that you constantly whine about.
Speaking of all work having dignity, weren’t you against Prop B to raise Missouri’s minimum wage?
Typical conservative fatuity: Using MLK Day to plug the GOP’s hateful maker-taker philosophy.
What the hell? You are referencing what MLK understood, and you and #GOP and @POTUS are keeping 800,000 federal employees from getting paid because of YOUR #govermentshutdown #TrumpShutdown. You, sir, have no understanding of what #MLK fought for.
Would MLK think your anti-Labor support of “Right to Work”, your fight against pre-existing condition coverage, your stance against health care for all, your support of an admin that has decreased safety from physical harm and fraud – shows YOU understand the dignity of work?
While on the surface this looks pretty good, it should be noted that you likely woke up, had coffee, turned on Fox News, they said something about MLK day, and it hit you that you should come up with something for “The Twitter”.
And then it took you 4 hours!
Can we assume that you will support raising the minimum wage? (Who these policy “experts” that deny the importance of work?)
Yes. You may understand it, but you, the GOP and your donors don’t practice it. Your constituents do. Like that matters to you.
wow….that is all you have to say about the Dr King…..says volumes about you
The “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service” logo on t-shirts issued to volunteers.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from the Obama presidential campaign:
…In your neighborhood and in thousands of communities across the country, Americans are answering President-elect Obama’s call to service.
Tomorrow, January 19th, our nation will come together in a shared spirit of community. And I wanted to make sure you know how to participate.
Monday is not only the eve of an inauguration that brings all of us so much hope, it’s also Martin Luther King Jr. Day — when we recognize the power of one man to bring about change by serving his country.
Help kick off an ongoing commitment to serve our communities by taking part in this extraordinary day of service….
I went to the web site and found an event in my locale. The marshaling area for the volunteers was on the university campus – this early in the morning on a day off from school.
Over fifty students showed up for the early morning orientation and subsequent assignment into volunteer groups to work all day at tasks for a number of local non-profit community groups.
…In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and is an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for your ongoing work.
Participation in the King Day of Service has grown steadily over the past decade, with hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engaging in projects such as tutoring and mentoring children, painting schools and senior centers, delivering meals, building homes, and reflecting on Dr. King’s life and teachings. Many of the projects started on King Day continue to engage volunteers beyond the holiday and impact the community year-round.
Although the scope of the event grows every year, many people still are not aware of the service component of the holiday. By encouraging the participation of as many organizations as possible, we hope to make next year’s King Day of Service the biggest and best ever, engaging more people in service that honors Dr. King’s life and teachings…
Student volunteers signing in early in the morning.
From the local volunteer organizers:
…Tiffany Bumpers, a UCM Americorps volunteer, is coordinating the “A Day On, Not a Day Off” day of service on Jan. 19, 2009. The goal of this day is to give the community something they can’t get off a shelf, carrying Dr. King’s message that “everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” Bumpers and her team of volunteers and group leaders hope to leave a lasting impact on the community…
…”The purpose of this day is to give back to the people of Warrensburg,” Bumpers said. “The day of service has been a success in many other cities such as Philadelphia and Washington D.C., and we want it to be a success here too…”
A volunteer team gets their bearings before leaving for their assignment.
Here’s Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech in full on YouTube:
When I was a child, my uncle asked me to find the full text of this speech and copy it for him, as he had recently joined the Toastmasters and wanted copies of famous speeches. I was only a kid without walkable access to the library, so I did what I could: I copied the excerpt that everybody is familiar with out of the “Martin Luther King, Jr.” entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica (we had a six year old set at the time), and typed it up on the screen of our Commodore 64. Twenty five years later, I can watch the full speech any time I have access to a computer, which is 90% of my day.
Forty-six years after Martin Luther King, Jr made that historic address at the Lincoln Memorial, back when it was still legal to bar a white woman from marrying a black man and de facto legal to stop black people from voting, we’ve elected a black man to be our president, with unprecented popularity and support for a president-elect. At the same time, on the YouTube page of King’s speech, comments had to be turned off because of all the hateful racist slurs directed against him, one of the most intelligent and gifted orators in our history. We still have a long way to go.
My hope is that the changes in my experience, from growing up without direct access to information to having it at my fingertips, will continue to help us along in the path toward King’s dream. It might be hoping too much, but then again, even a year ago prominent voices told me that Obama could not be elected president because of his race. It’s human to hope, and I’m not giving that up.
(“Broken Obelisk” at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, TX)
On this official holiday commemorating the birth and life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (his birthday was actually last Tuesday), it’s worthwhile to look at how far we have come since he was taken from us almost 40 years ago.
I was born in Louisiana, where most of my family still lives. My mother’s father is approximately the same age as Dr. King would have been. He still tells me tales transmitted to him from his elders that grew up in the direct aftermath of the Civil War, tales of the War of Northern Aggression, tales of a noble South kept down by its jealous brother to the north, tales of an African population well kept by their masters (because it was only in slaveholders’ interest to give the greatest care to their property.) Even though he still holds the same views as he did growing up in the segregated South, in his lifetime, we’ve seen not only the legal barriers lifted from former slaves to the same rights as their former masters, we’ve seen a changing of attitudes.
For example, in 1958, only 4% of Americans approved of marriage between whites and blacks, while 94% disapproved. By 1968, the year of King’s assassination, that split was 20-73. By 1983, it was 43-5, and now the number is 79-15. When the Supreme Court recently restricted using race as a factor in assigning schools in a case of voluntary integration by an elected school board, a majority of Americans disapproved.
Attitudes on Dr. King himself have changed, too. As Rick Perlstein notes, at the time of his assassination, conservative figures as prominent as Ronald Reagan (then governor of California) essentially blamed King’s violent death on his own doctrine of civil disobedience: “the great tragedy that began when we began compromising with law and order, and people started choosing which laws they’d break.” Holy dogwhistle, Batman! 15 years later, Reagan, pressured by congressional Democrats, signed the bill making MLK Day a federal holiday. Now conservatives regularly invoke King as a great man, even calling him a conservative!
What we need to remember is that even though we have come so far, we still have a long way to go, as any one who has paid attention to the Sherman George situation in St. Louis can tell you. In America as in Missouri, people of color are more likely to live in poverty, live without health care, and die at a younger age. African Americans have an average of about $6000 in assets, while the average white family has about $80,000. We’re still a ways from realizing Martin Luther King’s dream, and as we commemorate Dr. King’s legacy, we should remember that he struggled immensely along with millions of others to get what he got, and that struggle has got to continue.
(Inscription on MLK Statue in Fountain Park, St. Louis. Photo courtesy of Flickr User I Love North St. Louis )