This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m observing Dr. King’s amazing legacy and assassination, and Barack Obama’s tenure as president.
I’m observing the negative things said about President Obama:
“President Bush’s policies leveled the economy, but Obama’s will destroy it.”
“Obama’s bailout of the economy will fail.”
“Obama will take all our guns.”
“Obama will give the country over to the brown people and the gays.”
I’ve seriously even heard people say Obama was going to ban fishing and hunting.
But wait. Obama’s bailout didn’t fail. Americans bought more cars in 2016 than ever before. U.S. employment is on a 10-year high. The stock market has never been higher. We will all soon miss gas being under $2 a gallon.
More people of all persuasions did better under President Obama than under President Bush. My family has more guns than ever. And nobody missed a day of hunting or fishing the past eight years, especially in the “Duck Dynasty.”
Now, 48 years after Dr. King’s assassination, Obama has endured more death-threats than all previous presidents combined. An empathic person could get really depressed. I, however, have an abiding faith deeply rooted in Dr. King’s belief, stated so beautifully in his 1967 speech “Where Do We Go from Here?” in sticking with love — “for I know that love is the only answer to mankind’s problems.” He said he had seen hatred on too many faces, “and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear … If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love. And the beautiful thing is we aren’t moving wrong when we do it, because John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality.”