While he lived the
FBI placed wiretaps on Reverend King's home and office phones and bugged his
hotel rooms throughout the country. By 1967, King had become the
country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of
U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic.
In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 [a year to the day before he was murdered] King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."
In 1986 the federal government 'honored' King with a national holiday.
America was founded by visionaries, rebels,
agitators, dissidents, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers who essentially
told the King of England to back off of this land and leave US alone.
The most revolutionary minded of all America's founding fathers was Tom Paine, who articulated a flaming hope birthed in a vision of a new world driven by the spirit of independence from a British occupation.
"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine
can be the year that "honors' Gaza Palestine with freedom but it
will require people empowered by Truth, Conscience, Common Sense; and
flaming manifestos are the seeds that can birth the change.