Martin Luther King, Jr. defines compassion

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”Martin Luther King, Jr.

I had to look up the definition of the term “edifice” to understand this quote.  From Merriam Webster, definition:


noun \ˈe-də-fəs\Definition of EDIFICE

: building: especially : a large or massive structure

: a large abstract structure <holds together the social edifice— R. H. Tawn

Examples of Examples of EDIFICE:
  1. a magnificent edifice with a domed ceiling
  2. <the U.S. Capitol is one of our nation’s most impressive edifices>

Origin of EDIFICE:

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aedificium,from aedificare

First Known Use: 14th century

After 6 years in control of the budgetary process, doubling of the national debt, more than 75 people went on foodstamps (beggars created) for every one (1) person who obtained a job.  The Weekly Standard reported:

Since January 2009, as the chart shows, a net of 194,000 new jobs have been created. During that same time, 14.7 million have been added to the food stamp rolls.

An EDIFICE is in CONTROL which creates beggars.

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. see today if he could look at what the politicians have done to America?

Success, triumph of freedom and equality, a color blind society?  Subjugation and servitude?

“…an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”

Progressives, Republican and Democrat alike, your supporters; revel in the success of your “hope and change” . . .

9 thoughts on “Martin Luther King, Jr. defines compassion

  1. Personally, I liken the POTUS to an orifice not an edifice.

    Question: Would you agree that the Bill of Rights was added to the original draft of the constitution in order to appease the anti-federalists? (I know I’m off topic, but I’m helping my son…..)

    • Kells,
      A Bill of Rights was promised in exchange for adopting the Constitution.
      See the preamble to the Bill of Rights:
      “THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire,
      in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers,
      that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added:
      And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

        • Kells…..Many of the original 12 amendments were already included within the states constitutions….an example would be George Mason’s Virginia Bill of Rights…..thus Hancock and Mason and Sam Adams …and others were saying that some of those Rights already embodied in the States needed to be included in order for Ratification.

          So the word “Appease” might not be the best choice of words …..they wanted to make CLEAR what rights the constitution protected. Look at Federalist # 10 about Democracies ( Madison)…Hamilton himself agreed.evin there were about 1,700 State Ratification debates … and all Published in their papers.

          In the End…there was NO misunderstanding about what the Constituition was and what the Bill of Rights protected.

          • I tell you Don, I was trying to “clean up” his writing while still making it succinct. I’m getting the giggles now because I told my son he aught to use a Sam Adams beer in his project (hey, it’s got his pic!) He agreed to the $10 bill pic for Hamilton, but not to the bottle of ale. 😦
            If you would like to see it (and Texas doesn’t mind) I shall post it here. Actually, your comments may be helpful. This is due tomorrow. Keep in mind that it has a word limit……can’t go B. if ya know what I mean and I think that ya do.

      • Isn’t it amazing how often this Preamble is left out of discussions about the “Meaning” of the Bill of rights.

        Nothing could be clearer……which of course is why it is so absent .

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