- Have your children eaten today?
- Have your children slept in warm houses?
- Do your children felt safe walking to and from school?
- Do your children feel safe in their own home?
- Are both parents in their lives?
- Are any of their parents incarcerated?
- Is anyone in your home addicted to drugs?
- Has anyone in your family been murdered, committed suicide, or died from an overdose? Does anyone in your family have HIV?
- Do you feel trapped?
- Do you feel loved?
Doctor Martin Luther King said: "We are not coming to engage in any histrionic gesture. We are not coming to tear up Washington. We are coming to demand that the government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read one day, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists."
Poverty breaks a heart, but my Momma had a secret weapon, she had a hero, and she had prayer. Dr. King was Momma's hero, and prayer her weapon. She would not let her son's heart remain broken, she would not only fight to feed him, but to mend him. There is not a single day that goes by in my life without a round of thank you Momma prayers.
There is something wrong with the richest nation in the world standing by as it's poverty rate keeps rising. Something is wrong with a nation whose leaders focus more on increasing the earnings of it's most connected, most powerful, and wealthiest citizens rather than helping it's most needy. There is something wrong with our nation's leaders cheering as Wall Street profits rise, and not noticing the growing lines at our nation's soup kitchens. There is something right with mothers who fight against the poverty that robs the dignity from their families. There is something wrong with a nation that cuts 5 billion dollars from it's food stamps program. There is not a day that goes by without me praying for change in America. Doctor King said:
"We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
We shall overcome because Carlyle is right—"No lie can live forever."
We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right—"Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again."
We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right—as we were singing earlier today,
Truth forever on the scaffold,
Wrong forever on the throne.
Yet that scaffold sways the future.
And behind the dim unknown stands God,
Within the shadow keeping watch above his own.
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair the stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood."
My Momma loved Martin Luther King, and made him the role model for her only son whose father abandoned him on his tenth birthday. Momma said God sees all, God judges all, and no one escapes his justice. Momma and Dr. King's legacy to me is hope. I am a man of hope who can't be broken, can't be defeated, and can't be turned around.
It's time for justice people. Imagine if we just started voting these sinners out of office? We are the people, we are the many, and we can change it on any given election day.
There is no clearer example of the failure to address poverty than the federal education policies of Race To The Top. Poverty Matters, and what did our President do to help the poorest and most needy children attending our public schools?
4 things 53.6 billion dollars did not do!
- The nearly 54 billion did not go to bringing equity into our poorest schools?
- The nearly 54 billion did not go to reducing class sizes in our poorest schools?
- The nearly 54 billion did not go to hiring tutors for our poorest children?
- The nearly 54 billion did not go to helping feed and shelter our over 1 million homeless children attending our public schools?
I will be voting for new leadership, a leadership that focuses on main street, and not on Wall Street,