Better Vision

June 6, 2014

Washington continues in its stalemate, with a hidebound Republican establishment clinging in death throws to some ancient regime of plutocratic rule. The nation is left without vision for a way out of the current economic malaise that, if unchecked, will deepen inequality and cement the fate of the “middle class state.”

This week marks 49 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered the commencement address at Howard University. Looking at his words also shows us what vision others had and how our compromises have us stumbling instead of leaping forward. We can’t move forward if our language does not force results. In an era of rising inequality, settling for “equality of opportunity” is not a vision for moving forward. Here's what Johnson said on June 4, 1965:

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