Human Rights and the Fulfillment of Dreams

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by M. J. Joachim

The week of January 20, 2013 has been filled with a few large and highly energized events in the United States. The country seems divided, and yet it pulls together to fight for the greater good. Ah, but who is right and who is wrong, when it comes to deciding what the greater good actually is in America?

A country founded on strong moral principles – a country that broke so many of them, in the name of politics and who is right and who is wrong.

Martin Luther King was celebrated this week, and President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. Seems a strange conflict, considering this week is also the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a court case that continues to riddle Congress and the American people with battles that have lasted for 40 years now.

Martin Luther King, a man who died for human rights…

Barack Obama, a president who sees nothing wrong with abortion…

Millions of babies…millions of babies, their mothers, fathers (some who knew about their child and didn’t care, some who had no rights when it came to saving their child), families, communities and society at large – destined never to know the people – gone, exterminated, denied the hope of living.

Human rights – such a vague term, even more vague when you decipher who is and isn’t human. Martin Luther King understood this, which is why he was such a force to be reckoned with.

He instilled fear in the people – not of him, but because his message was right and everyone knew it! Even those who denied MLK’s message couldn’t escape the truth of it!

Of course, Martin Luther King had a following – live human beings creating mob scenes and hanging on his every word. His enemies hated him for that. They wanted nothing more than to see him silenced, which is a blanket reason why he got assassinated.

Oh, but the babies! They’re already silent, aren’t they? They have no voice, and therefore no enemies – one reason people can so easily claim they’re not even human.

“I have a dream…”

“To be loved in a family,” says one unborn child.

“To comfort my mom when she’s sad,” says another.

“To become president and declare to the people that abortion is wrong! It kills innocent life…would that mine could be spared to fulfill such promises…”

And so the story goes…

How many more millions of people have to die, to give these children a voice, and let them live to see their dreams become realities?