Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Eye-Opening Perspectives for Heroic Hearts

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Lacking in Levity 
By Guillermo Marx  CPW News Service

      According to Riley A. Grossman, Toastmaster Supreme of the Greater Central Plains Toastmaster’s Club, Martin Luther King Jr’s  “Dream Speech” was flawed.
     “It lacked levity,” said Grossman.  “Equality is nice, but do you really want it?  What kind of world would it be if everything was equal to everything else?  Personally I refuse to join any group that would have me as a member,” said Grossman.  Grossman's title of "Toastmaster Supreme" is an honorary title created for him when he refused membership in the Greater Plains Toastmaster's Club.

    Marx believes that while former President Jimmy Carter’s comments concerning Dr. King’s "Dream Speech" were touching and meaningful, President William Jefferson Clinton’s remarks were disingenuous. “Monica Lewinsky said ‘You shouldn’t judge a person by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character and what kind of character would use a cigar to arouse a young woman and then avoid intercourse with her?”
     "It was as if Clinton said 'I am a person of principles and if  you don’t like these I have others,’” said Grossman noting Lewinski’s assessment of her former employer.

     “We all know from history that MLK like FDR, LBJ, JFK and WJC had their little peccadilloes.  GWB had a different set of problems, but in the end, like Clinton’s using a cigar when he should have had the common courtesy to be real and genuine, so it is with all politicians. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong principles," said Marx.
     “I know that President Obama keeps talking about a more perfect union, but just what is that exactly?  I am united with my wife in marriage,” said Grossman,  “but that will never be a perfect union and all the little black and white boys and girls holding hands will never, ever make for perfection in this world.  Humans are imperfect vessels and nothing will change that sad fact.  I say imperfection now, imperfection tomorrow and imperfection forever, but I still think Moses was right to resist slavery, that love is greater than hate and that anybody should be able to live in whatever neighborhood they want to or to eat at any Woolworth's counter where they won't get food poisoning.  You want to hear the best sermon that MLK ever preached?  It's the Riverside Church sermon.  That's the speech he should have preached right after the his pithy 'Dream' description.  As the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize that was the sermon he should have delivered in front of the Washington Monument that day.  I believe that if he could do it all over he would have,” said Grossman.

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