A recent episode of Glenn Beck featured as his guests conservative Americans of African heritage. One of Beck’s guests, a young woman made a very interesting statement about civil rights and liberal politics, stating that “If we had been liberals during the Civil Rights Era, there would have been no Civil Rights Era”.

We have all heard Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream Speech. I was recently reminded of this defining moment in history by Jesse Jackson’s recent remarks when criticizing Rep. Artur Davis’ vote against the House health care bill, “We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill from Alabama, You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.”

Upon hearing that, I could not help but wonder how Jackson, a self-described civil rights leader, justifies his remarks with those of Dr. King, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I interpret this to mean that the ideal of the civil rights movement was for a man of color not to be seen as a man of color, but as a man, to be judged on the merits of his deeds. Enter Jesse Jackson, liberal, Democrat, telling us that Dr. King’s dream was wrong, that a man of color should be seen as a man of color, first, last, and always.

Now I completely understand the remark of the woman on the Glenn Beck show. Liberal politics, of any era, are predicated upon the existence of people within our society that liberals may classify as victims. Progressivism requires an uninterrupted stream of victims, victims of racism, victims of global warming, victims of oil and insurance companies. Without victims for political cover, liberal agendas are exposed as the power grabs and special interest subsidies that they are. Jesse Jackson is a liberal, and also requires victims to exploit. Because of this, he tells us that Dr. King’s dream never happened.