“We could also restore Dr. King’s role in the continuing story of freedom to its rightful prominence, emphasizing that the best way to safeguard democracy is to practice it. And we must recognize that the accepted tradeoff between freedom and security is misguided, because our values are the essence of our strength. If dungeons, brute force and arbitrary rule were the keys to real power, Saudi Arabia would be a model for the future instead of the past.” – Taylor Branch, peerless historian of the African-American civil rights movement, NYT, today.

MLK DAY: Aaron McGruder has, as usual, a less serious take here. I love Boondocks’ grand-dad. I wish there were more of him.