A Spring In My Step

In Memory of Martin Luther King Jr

an excerpt from “The Assassination of Political Robocalls

Reverend Jessie Lewis

Washington DC April 20, 2012

I am happy to be here today because I am here to tell you I have a spring in my step. Yes there is a spring in my step. Not an ordinary spring in my step. No. This is not like the spring in a young man’s step when he hits his first home run. Nor is it like the spring in the step of a young woman when she receives her college diploma.

I am talking about the spring in my step for freedom. Yes, freedom.

When a pebble is tossed into a pond, the ripples reverberate to every corner of the pond. Just like the ripples in the pond, people everywhere in every corner of the world have heard the news of the Arab Spring. People are raising their voices for freedom. And they are being heard.

That news has put a spring in my step.

The freedom I am talking about is democracy; a democracy where government is for the people and by the people. That is what America’s founders envisioned for us. Not a government for a dictator or for the corporations. Thomas Jefferson warned “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” The courts have ruled that money is the same as free speech. But many people disagree.

Ever since the Arab Spring, I and others have had a spring in our step.

The bible teaches us “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” Lately too few people have gained a majority of the world’s wealth. These same people have been only thinking of themselves. They have lost their souls. Meanwhile the poor have gotten poorer.

But I have a spring in my step.

People have overthrown treacherous dictators in faraway lands. Occupy Wall Street protestors have raised their voices against greed and excess money for campaigns right here in our country. People are marching in their state capitols demanding a constitutional convention.

That is why I have a spring in my step.

Let there be a spring in the step of those from Seattle to Miami.

Let there be a spring in the step of those from Bismark, North Dakota to Brownsville, Texas.

And especially let there be a spring in the step of those in state capitols and Washington DC.

I have a spring in my step. I hope you do too.

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