Few speeches in American history have had such broad implications as Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Before the United States celebrated the speech's 50th anniversary on Wednesday, former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., riffed on the famous remarks, lamenting what he considered severe cultural issues plaguing black Americans.
Walsh opined on his radio show:
I have a dream that all black parents will have the right to choose where their kids attend school.
I have a dream that all black boys and girls will grow up with a father.
I have a dream that young black men will stop shooting other young black men.
I have a dream that all young black men will say 'no' to gangs and to drugs.
I have a dream that all black young people will graduate from high school.
I have a dream that young black men won't become fathers until after they're married and they have a job.
I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say 'no' to young black men who want to have sex.
I have a dream that today's black leadership will quit blaming racism and "the system" for what ails black America.
I have a dream that black America will take responsibility for improving their own lives.
I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches and their communities.
His sentiments were shared in part by Bill O’Reilly, who took aim at “the civil rights industry on his Fox News show, arguing, “Dr. Martin Luther King wanted a fair stable system for African-Americans. He did not want a culture of debasement, awful behavior from so-called entertainers and a collapsing family landscape. The civil rights industry, teachers unions, far-left media and apathetic Americans are all working together to block any kind of meaningful problem solving or cultural reform in this country and until Americans come to grips with that nothing will get better. In the end it is indeed about the content of character. When will the civil rights industry get back to that?”