Today, on Budget Kabuki Day, President Barack Obama twice referred to the level of discretionary spending in his proposed budget for fiscal 2012 as the "lowest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower was president."
Eisenhower's message is muscular, stark, and foreboding, and his fears were well-placed. Since the speech, we've seen a massive extension and consolidation of the power of the military industrial complex.
Clearly, the Eisenhower warning we needed to hear even more clearly over these last 50 years is about the nation's insolvency complex. An alert and knowledgeable citizenry, Ike said, should take nothing for granted.
As Dr. King told us, we cannot walk alone. The destiny of all Americans is inextricably bound together. My greatest hope is that the justice movement will be a way for all of us to stand together to "Build the Dream!"
It will be 21st Century railcars, powered by electricity, that will liberate us locally, regionally and nationally from our gas-guzzling, single-passenger coffins that make our existing roads nightmares, day and night.