Today on MLK day – A quote from John F. Kennedy

Posted on January 17, 2011


Martin Luthor King was an erudite orator that helped moved a nation towards justice.

One of the quotes attributed to King was actually quoted by John F. Kennedy. I mention this quote because it is equally as applicable today as when it was first uttered in the early 1960’s

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” 

Now you may or may not be a god fearing person but it doesn’t change the fact that history is riddled with other examples where good people stood back and did nothing and the dire consequences resulting therein.

Today many will celebrate the life of a man who refused to stand back and do nothing, to say nothing.

Each and every one of you woke up this morning with the ability to make a difference in this world. Tomorrow you will awaken again with that same ability. Without question, California’s judicial branch is under great moral crisis. And it is up to each and every one of you to wake up tomorrow and decide if this will be the day where you do nothing or you’re willing to act. Mr. King made the ultimate sacrifice for his beliefs. Mr. Uruqhart made a sacrifice for his beliefs. Mr. Paul made a sacrifice for his beliefs. Certain people in the judicial branch have the power to promote meaningful changes in the way the whole branch does business and can do so without making any sacrifices. They won’t lose their jobs because they speak out whereas others will. So today, think of the sacrifices that people have made throughout our nations history to right a wrong. Then, think of what you might be able to accomplish and sacrifice only your time in doing so.

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