Governor Palin: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Governor Palin penned another powerful reminder of the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King left us and future generations. She also remembered President Lincoln, whose monument Dr. King stood in front of to deliver his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Via Facebook: 

Today Americans honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s been 30 years since President Reagan signed this holiday into law in 1983, followed by its celebration three years later. We continue to look to Dr. King’s teachings which show us that our efforts—though seemingly futile at times—really do matter, that one person’s faith in something greater than self can lift all mankind, and that character alone should be the means whereby a person is measured, rather than the external things on which our society fixates.

This year marks 50 years since Martin Luther King stood before the Lincoln Memorial to proclaim his dream and remind the world that 100 years had passed since President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Now, 150 years after that historic signing, Americans still stand with both these men, ever committed to the freedoms that they worked to secure. They dedicated their lives for freedom, including freedom from stifling, overbearing governments. We will not squander what their efforts have wrought, we will not take for granted the blood that has been shed, and we will not fail to do our part to help preserve the freedoms that are uniquely American. In Dr. King’s own words, “Let freedom ring!” So, to these freedoms we cling so that future generations may know and love the America that those before us so sacrificially gave.

I encourage you to take time to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King’s efforts to secure freedom and true equality and what those efforts have added to our lives today.

Gov. Palin’s words and perspective inspire, refresh and encourage, especially after the divisive and fear mongering 2012 presidential campaign Barack Obama and Joe Biden foisted on the country. Remember this one from Joe Biden, who threatened people that if Gov. Mitt Romney is made president, he’d "put y’all back in chains!"

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  • Guest

    Just read the Usurper’s speech, then came here….how refeshing to read SP’s acknowledgement of this MLK day, and Dr. King’s efforts…. yes one person’s faith can lift all mankind — powerful, much to reflect as enjoy this beautiful day

    Let Freedom Ring !
    …..from our hearts, voices and actions…

    • section9

      I don’t like it any more than you do, but Obama’s the President and duly elected by a lot of people who, some day, are going to stop receiving checks in the mail. He’s nobody’s Usurper.

  • RedDaveR

    Gov. Palin’s words are a refreshing contrast to what is going on in DC today.

  • John_Frank

    Thank you Jasmine for bringing the Governor’s inspiring FB note to people’s attention.

  • friskyness

    Palin is encouraging and Obama is depressing.

  • aaron66krohn

    One little note of trivia:

    MLK’s speech took place on August 28, 1963
    Sarah was OFFICIALLY chosen as McCain’s VP on that date, in Sedona AZ.
    Of course, the next day, she was introduced to the WORLD!!!

  • ZH100

    A well written and beautiful note.

  • K-Bob


    More now than ever.

    I hope she headlines at CPAC.  If not, I hope she headlines at an actual conservative rally somewhere else.


    Whatever…..get back to me when she says…
    "I accept your nomination as candidate for POTUS of the Constitutional Party"……..:))

  • $7566967

    Assuming King actually meant what he said, I think he would vomit if he were alive today.  Black unemployment, poverty, crime, teen pregnancy, and illiteracy are higher than that of whites, Asians, and Hispanics. And blacks have no one to blame but themselves for this.

    It’s a shame that people had their heads kicked in OR blown off by Ku Kluxers during the 1960s for this. It seems like all that blood was shed for nothing.

    • Adrienne Ross

      Not all blacks are a statistic, so I beg to differ, Mr. Tom. It was not for nothing!

    • Budvarakbar

      Tom F states:  "And blacks have no one to blame but themselves for this."

      Not quite true — please do not forget the Johnson Great Society BS and all the years that the demo led congress kept people down on the ole plantation.  Aided and abetted by the media and entertainment and sports (all really one and the same) empires.  And the non-existent pushback or attempts to warn from the repukicans.

    • section9

      King would be appalled, but I doubt he would be happy with people like Clarence Thomas or Adrienne.

      We might like to think otherwise, but one of the things that has struck me about black Democrats like King and the people who came after them (and please, King was a Democrat), was their instinctive turn to the State to solve the crisis of white racism and the unofficial ideology of the United States up the early Seventies: white supremacy.

      While Ms. Ross below is right to point out that black people should not be treated as a statistic, it is a fact of black political life that black people refuse to hold the Democratic Party responsible for its actions. Black voters refused to look at Detroit’s black political class and ask what happened to Detroit or the educational system in Los Angeles or Philadelphia. So we still get substandard performance for young black children, 2 million young black men in prison, black businesses falling behind those of other minority groups, and yet black voters voting, Soviet-style, for the same old same old.

      • Adrienne Ross

        Hi section9,

        King actually was a Republican, which has been verified by Alveda King, his niece. I agree with you, however, that the current state of black people is in need of some real hope and change. I disagree vehemently that those who sacrificed so much did it for nothing, so I take reject outright Tom Ferriday’s comments that it was for naught.

        • section9

          There is a boatload of dispute about King’s Party affiliation. Daddy King was a Lincoln Republican, no doubt. Martin might have been a GOPer during the Eisenhower years, but it’s my understanding that he changed Party affiliation after Jack sprung him from jail and Tricky Dick didn’t in 1960 in the Sixties.

          The notion that King was a conservative was never true. King was a liberal. King did vehemently oppose the Segregationism of Malcolm (who, in his own way, was more conservative than King).

          • Adrienne Ross

            He was a Republican, verified by family. 

            • lanahi

              He never wanted to be partisan, since this was a cause greater than parties, so his party affiliations were not known by most.  Since he was aided by Kennedy and Johnson, many assume he was Democrat.  MLK knew that the KKK was an arm of the Democrat party too, though, and blacks were more Republican at the time.  That’s when it changed the blacks to a huge Democrat voting block, I guess.

        • George

          It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

  • patnatasha

    now this is what an innaugural address sounds like.

  • Christine Riordan Brown


  • PAWatcher

    Sarah Palin will be the most quoted in history……………….the LSM is missing her sage advice, but not We here at c4p. Thanks for keeping US abreast of her tweets and FB comments.

  • Lennart Bilén

    Wow! In a few words Sarah can capsullate what it is that made our nation great and free.

    Compare this to Obama’s overbearing green energy, big government glorification of himself inaugural address.

    Sarah, the nation needs you in this time of clear and present danger!

  • MurphycatII

    "that one person’s faith in something greater than self can lift all mankind"

    I hope Gov. Palin is talking about herself as that one person, because mankind could sure use a lift right now.

  • 01_Explorer_01

    And the guy in the white house is an embarassment to Kings legacy.  King would not hang around with a guy so full of hate.

    • section9

      Please stop trying to paint Martin Luther King as some sort of conservative. He wasn’t. He despised Goldwater and his acolyte, Reagan. He would be overjoyed to see a black Democrat named Obama in the White House. To believe otherwise is a rewriting of History.

      His Nobel Acceptance speech has been sanitized for its references to Goldwater’s supposed desire to take America back to Segregation, which he never desired to do. Barry Goldwater, like most libertarians, wore the stupid hat in 1964 and couldn’t get past the notion of private association trumping a black man’s right to sit at a lunch counter at a Walgreen’s (back when Corky Walgreen still had lunch counters in his stores). Goldwater’s campaign, and his refusal to vote for the Civil Rights Bill after it had been shepherded through the Senate by such luminaries as Everett McKinley Dirksen and Prescott Bush, killed the GOP with black voters for the next hundred years.

      Black Palinistas like Adrienne are a bug, not a feature, of black political life. And it’s all because of Goldwater and  his campaign. It’s worth noting that Richard Nixon got 40% of the vote in 1960.

      • willegge

        Why don’t you leave, and be happy spreading your lies somewhere else? 

        • section9

          Haven’t been around here very long, have you?

      • lanahi
        Here is his Nobel acceptance speech.  No hint of what you suggest. How do you get that it was "sanitized"?

        Goldwater ran against the civil rights act because of states’ rights issues.  Actually, I think the segregation laws would have been declared unconstitutional…so it was going to happen anyway despite the southern states being against it.  They wouldn’t have voluntarily ended segregation, as we’ve seen.  So, obviously, MLK would have been against Goldwater.  It doesn’t mean MLK was a Democrat. 

        As for Reagan, he was president post MLK, so how could MLK despise Reagan? 

        MLK would have been delighted with Obama?  Maybe, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a given.  He would not like what has happened to blacks today and the welfare system keeping them down, with the blessings and encouragement of Obama.

        • section9

          King was much more caustic about Goldwater in his ’64 acceptance speech (which occurred after the election) than the transcript suggests. It’s been warmed over to make King look better in the light of History.

          King knew that Reagan supported Goldwater’s position in the Civil Right’s Bill itself, although Reagan reversed himself in later years.

          And no, King would not appreciate what was going on with black America today, but would be fine with a black Democrat in the White House. Don’t kid yourself.

  • conservativemama

    Pre-civil war America kept African-Americans in slavery.  It was against the law to teach a slave to read or write.  It was against the law for slaves to leave their plantations without permission.  Slaves were fed, clothed, and housed.  Slaves who tried to escape could be captured, even if they’d made their way to freedom in the Northern states.  Overseers kept watch over them in the fields and made sure everyone was at work. It was the ultimate control of mind and body.

    Today, African Americans live on the Democrat plantation.  They are fed, clothed, and housed via welfare payments.  They are trapped in schools that don’t teach because vouchers, choice, are not allowed.  If they dare to think differently, to intellectually escape, the overseers of today (self-appointed and white-liberal approved black leaders, and media types) capture them and abuse them for leaving the plantation.  They are expected to give all to their new masters, and they do so with a 90+% voting block.  They give more than they will ever receive.  The system they live in is not built to improve their lot, but to keep the new masters and overseers in fine homes, cars, clothes, and lifestyles.

    I know this sounds harsh, but it breaks my heart to see what’s happened to this community.  I grew up in the South, in a small town after integration.  All my life I’ve known wonderful people who happen to be African-American.  In the world I grew up in African-American families were strong, intact, and God-fearing.  Of course this was the 1960s and early 70s.  I know the tremendous potential in that community, but…………………it’s being wasted, absolutely wasted.  We all pay a price for that loss, but none more than African-Americans themselves.

    Palin/West would be such a great ticket in 2016.

    • willegge

      I think what your saying would be better coming from an African American.

      • George

        I think so too. 

        As a point of interest (hopefully) – 
        Welfare Statistics By Race

        • wodiej

          We need to also factor in the percentage of the black population vs the percentage of the white population.  When the white population is much higher of course the percentage on public assistance will be higher as well.  

      • conservativemama

        Yes, you have a point.  I do have a different perspective though.  My family landed in our small town in the early 1960s.  We were the ultimate minority, Cubans speaking Spanish.  Just our family.  Because of my father’s work and my mother’s complete lack of any prejudice we truly moved in both worlds, black and white.

        Perhaps I’m not clear as I should be. I know that welfare cuts across racial and ethnic lines, but here I’m addressing the African American community. We lose generation after generation. There are exceptions of course, but not enough.

      • lanahi

        Why?  Do you think whites are less capable of being empathetic and to determine fairness?

      • wodiej

        I am amazed at the people being insulted because they are spelling out some obvious facts about this subject. 

      • stevethird

        How "better"? How can the Truth be truer? More politically correct perhaps but  Truth stands on it’s own independent of people’s value judgement, and what c’mama said struck me as basically true.

        • conservativemama

          Thank you.

  • hrandym

    King was a womanizer and a plagiarist.  He was able to destroy education in the South while making possible the promotion of candidates to positions above their competency.  He also had Communist ties.  For the turmoil he created, no wonder the Commies loved him.

    Black schools in the South were administered and taught by black on black.  They should have been excellent with that arrangement but they weren’t.  They should have received significant improvement effort in lieu of destroying white education by suddenly thrusting racial turmoil into an otherwise generally peaceful arrangement.  Look at our Nation now.  What has happened to education in the US since 1956? I’m tired of hearing about M.L. King.

    This is not against blacks.  They were pandered with poor education and told it was the white man’s fault.  Instead of acquiring Western Culture, our children are introduced to African culture. That is often displayed by victory dances at the goal post.

    • willegge

      Please hrandym, do you have to be so full of crap? Most of the country doesn’t agree with you, and we are celebrating the legacy of a great man who did great things and gave his life. So why would you want to be extreme and bring your offensive  and divisive bull here. So just shut up.

      • hrandym

         Because, my friend, the whole thing was gone about it a most destructive way from the beginning.  Evidence the state of education and race relations today.  I was born and raised on a farm in the South, and my Father and Grandfather did business with black businessmen, black men who could be counted on.  We hired black (and white) labor that could not necessarily be counted on.  This was during segregation.  Few understand segregation because they were not affected by the aftermath of the so-called ‘Civil War’ or the destructive impact of desegregation on education in the South. 

        A totally illiterate and primitive people were brought in mass to this Nation by New England maritime enterprises and sold to the South for labor.  After the slave trade was abolished on the seas and the ‘Civil War’ over, Southerners who purchased the slaves were suddenly supposed to simply abandon their capital investment.  In fact, the Federal Government simply disenfranchised the slave owners in the South, but not in the North.  Read the infamous Emancipation Proclamation.  Few have really read it, but it only freed ‘slaves of states in rebellion’.  And note that the EP was not presented until 1863 when the War was well under way for reasons of taxation/tariff disputes.  Your history probably doesn’t tell you that Grant’s wife owned slaves after the War.

        The newly freed slaves needed education, but that education would have to be very basic since most slaves had little if any command of speaking or writing.  Segregated schools were the only way.  Even after 100 years, black education suffered.  So the answer?  Integrate the schools and impose these poorly educated masses into working white schools.  Pretty stupid, when the obvious answer would have been to improve the black education while the problem was isolated.

        I really don’t know why I bother at my age and health condition, but MLK didn’t do race relations any favor, and neither did the narrow-minded whites who egged them on.  Blacks, with better education, would have made it and many did and have, but at what price?  If it could have been achieved in black schools until standards had been sufficiently raised, the broad base of black education would have been so much more effective.

        I regret that your mind is so gorged with crap, Mr. Legg.  Read some broader history and follow the money, as always. 

    • lanahi

      No ties to the communists were ever evidenced.  The fact that communists wanted a revolution too and tried to muscle in on his movement is not evidence Dr. King was a communist, but the accusation was rather an excuse to destroy him.  He was a God-fearing man who wanted legal equality for his people.  He was successful to a great extent.

      I’d like to know how he supposedly destroyed education in the south. More lies.

      • hrandym

         I can appreciate your point of view: that has been the popular story.  Apparently you weren’t in the South when segregation ended.  I recall my Father and Grandfather attending a school meeting during desegregation and test scores were being discussed.  A black woman stood and said ‘How are they expected to pass a test when you didn’t give them the answers?’  This was a typical understanding of education among most blacks at the time.  There was much work to be done to overcome such obstacles.  White education was reasonably good.  The sudden infusion of a large group of students with very low educational advancement was not the solution to the problem.  But there were bigger agendas that had to be satisfied and were with the help of many whites not affected by the ensuing turmoil.

        I respect many accomplished blacks, particularly Alan West.  There are others including Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and many more who show what can be accomplished by motivated blacks (the very same is true of whites, but we have always understood and accepted that some will succeed and some will fail).  One of my daughters had a fifth grade teacher who could barely speak English in any proper fashion.

        Thank you for your input.

        • lanahi

          That may be the reason why blacks didn’t want segregated schools.  Duh!  Black teachers themselves received inferior educations from poorly educated teachers of their own.  But who controlled education in the south?  It wasn’t the blacks.  The white schools got the best of everything, the black schools got the leftovers, and there wasn’t much even of that. For blacks, segregation wasn’t working.  You think they loved whites so much that they insisted on being mixed up with them, because it was such a privilege?  You think the black kids wanted to be a hated minority in a mostly white school just to "belong"?  They wanted a good education, or at least the parents wanted one for their kids, and they were willing to risk everything for it.  If whites were not willing, maybe they should have treated black schools the same way as their own to begin with.  Blacks would have preferred the comfort of being with blacks too, all else being equal, but it wasn’t.

          And you didn’t address the accusation of communism.  There was absolutely no evidence of it.  There were other black leaders who had more suspicion of being communist sympathizers, but they all had to work together for the common cause.

          • hrandym

            I appreciate your point of view.  It is the point of view popularized in the news media and by politicians who want to capitalize on the sensational.  We should not let the MSM teach us our history.  History has good and bad, but we need to recognize that the good and the bad are valuable learning tools.  We need to understand these things to keep from making the same mistakes over and over again.

            My Grandfather got an excellent education in a one-room schoolhouse that only taught to the seventh grade.  It’s the people, not the facilities.  Black schools were an excellent opportunity for blacks to achieve.  Don’t think there weren’t plenty of poor white schools and poor whites for that matter.  My elementary school was an example.  The local black school was newer and at least as good.  I have to say that the grounds and area were unkempt compared to my older school.

            Don’t think I have anything against black citizens.  I don’t.  What I don’t like are the lies and untruths that have been used to promote misunderstandings that have caused strife among black and white as well as the political abuse of racial groups.

            As far as it goes with MLK, suggest "" for a start, and do a general search on MLK Communist ties.  There is a plethora of information, some true and some not.  It is a good practice to do this kind of search on all history.  There are many surprises when different sources are examined.  An this is only the internet!

            I just believe that the whole race matter has been botched for people’s political agendas and to satisfy the feeling of superior intellect of others in situations where they either have no background relative to the situation or are not subject to the resulting turmoil caused by their actions.

            Thank you for your post.  I can appreciate your position.

  • xthred

    With all due respect, we’ve been lied to about MLK. Not a good guy. Behold the fruits of his labor. Segregation was good. Does this shock and appall you? Where do you choose to life and work? Where do you send your kids to school? Why do you lock your doors and arm yourself?

    • Adrienne Ross


      • xthred

        No facts to retort?

        • willegge

          You have no facts sir so shut up.

      • willegge

        Hey Adrian pay no attention to this sad human being, and God bless you for all you do , you have encouraged my heart many times to keep going and hope for a better day politically, although our great hope is in our wonderful Savior and Lord. Thanks your a gift to us all.

        • Adrienne Ross

          Thank you, William. Yes, our hope is in the Lord!

      • section9

        Adrienne, did Obama For America send all their Moby’s to the Palin sites because the Governor publish such a compelling King tribute on Obama’s Big Day without genuflecting to His Oneness?

      • lanahi

        What does "smh" mean?

        • Adrienne Ross

          It means shaking my head.

    • willegge

      I pressed the like button, but I don’t like. Friend you are full of it take your bigoted crap and divisive bull and crawl under a rock and get informed with some truth and love. Your pathetic.

      • section9

        This guy has to be an Obama Moby. This is too much of a Kleagle Klanner Kaffee Klatsch post. Where the f**k are the Mods?

        • willegge

          Your a sad , nasty and ignorant, person. 

          • section9

            Will you go away? But before you do, will you please learn the difference between "your" and "you’re"?

        • lanahi

          Have you reported his posts?

          • section9

            No, they are supposed to be awake.

    • lanahi

      "Behold the fruits of his labor"…blacks can use rest rooms and drink from fountains and can ride in any part of the bus they want and don’t have to leave the sidewalk because a white person is using it. They can eat anywhere, shop anywhere, they can vote without hassle, they don’t have to grovel and say "Yes, sir", "No sir" to any white redneck they meet or consent to being called "boy", and they can stand up tall and look someone in the eye, even if they are white, without being considered "uppity".  They don’t have to worry about being lynched for speaking their views either.  That’s a little of what MLK did, and it didn’t take centuries. Yes, he gave blacks social and legal freedom and, for many, a new sense of pride.  That makes him a "good guy".

      Segregation was good for who?

      The Constitution gives us all the right to pursue happiness.  When some of us are not free to do so, we are all hurt by it.

      No, I am not shocked by you.  Go put on your white sheet and find your own type to hang out with…leave this site to reasonable adults.

  • alien4palin

    Jasmine, thanks for posting Sarah’s excellent message (as always) of hope and keeping faith with the American Dream.
    Sarah, thank you for always rising up to the occasion as a true warrior and leader.Your timing and appropriateness is consistently impeccable & brilliant.

  • Adrienne Ross

    I get so tired of people jumping all over and trashing this holiday. Dr. King had his faults, as did Washington, Lincoln, etc. The point of the matter is he did much good, and that’s what Gov is pointing out. That’s what people celebrate when they honor Dr. King, despite any shortcomings he had.

    • willegge

      Your so right Adrian.

    • Terrenceor

      In the 1960’s, at the same time Black people in this country were standing up for their civil rights, Irish Catholics in Northern Ireland were doing the same thing.

      The difference between the two struggles is that in Ireland violence was met with violence and created a permanent tear in the civil fabric of life in N. Ireland where many on both sides died. As you will remember, the strife did not end until 30 years later with help from George Mitchell.

      This was Rev. Kings greatest legacy. He prevented the country from being permanently torn apart by his leading his non-violent protests and appealing to this country’s better angels.

      If the violence by the racsist whites would have been answered with violence by the black protesters, I shudder to think where we would be today.

      George Washington made the union possible, Abraham Lincoln saved the Union and Martin Luther King Jr preserved the tranquillity of the Union.

    • lanahi

      I lived through MLKs time as a college student.  He came to talk to us at my northern college, and he was so awe-inspiring that I was ready to join his cause immediately despite news trickling in of disappearing or murdered freedom fighters.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, I was under legal age at the time and couldn’t get permission to join.  As it got more violent all the time, I was actually relieved I wasn’t there…it took more courage than I’ve ever been called to show before!  But the fight was inspiring, and what he achieved was incredible.  Talk about a grassroots movement!

      Dr. King wasn’t perfect, but he was extraordinary in his courage, wisdom, and the ability to move mountains.  I’m happy to honor him today, as I was then.  His people were also filled with the desire for freedom and the courage to change it.  It was an exciting time to be alive.

    • hrandym

      I understand and appreciate your beliefs and position, but don’t compare MLK to Washington, please.

      • lanahi

        Why not?  Washington won one kind of revolution, MLK another, and they both had courage and faith to sustain them.

        • hrandym

           No worries.  I do understand where you are coming from.

        • Adrienne Ross

          People simply aren’t satisfied unless they find a reason to trash the holiday. They’ll do it again next year. Rather sad.

      • Adrienne Ross

        I didn’t compare them. I said they had faults, and they did.

    • cudaforever

      Thanks Adrienne !! I’m proud to stand with you :) It’s Billy Hello !!

      • Adrienne Ross

        What’s up, Billy?! :)

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