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ML King Day

Recorded on January 17, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day is a chance to remember our high ideals, and to assess whether we're living them.

A national poll says 77 percent of us believe America has made significant progress toward reaching Dr. King's dream. That leaves 22 percent who don't, but who can deny major progress when the U.S. has elected its first black president.

But Dr. King's most famous speech was about a day when we wouldn't even notice that—when each of us would be measured by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. A day when neither private behavior nor government programs would vary according to race.

We can debate another day whether it's time to end racial preference programs, but Martin Luther King Day is about remembering his dream, not arguing over politics.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.