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Big dreams worth having, even 50 years after MLK’s big speech

By Robert Smith

The “I Have a Dream” speech by the late Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 was one of the most powerful and stirring speeches in history. I too have some big dreams that are even bigger than his dreams.
I have a dream that someday they will shutter the doors to the Pentagon and reopen it as the world’s largest flea market.
I have a dream that the only place that you will find an assault weapon will be in a museum next to the Revolutionary War muskets.
I have a dream that someday people will not be afraid of young black men.
I have a dream that our elected officials will not do the bidding of special interests and will concern themselves with the welfare of all the people.
I have a dream that all businesses, big or small, will first of all be concerned with providing good services and products and the welfare of their workers ahead of making profits. If they do, the profits will come as a result.
I have a dream that our scientists will discover cures for all of our diseases and illnesses including obesity.
I have a dream that the pro-life and pro-choice banners will no longer be necessary and will be relegated to the storage sheds.
I have a dream that the only bad news on TV will be devoted to the actions of Mother Nature and not the actions of human beings.
I have a dream that harmful drugs and narcotics are no longer needed in our society and the people in the drug business will have to go to work in a legitimate business.
Last of all, I have a dream that they will build a memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the grandparents, relatives and foster parents who have taken millions of our children under their wings and cared for them.
No one can ever fault me for not dreaming big.

– Robert Smith
Panama City Beach, Fla.

Bob Smith graduated Richmond High School in 1957. He lives in Panama City and contributes frequently to several newspapers, including the Richmond News. His version of  “I have a dream”  letter originally appeared in the News Herald newspaper in Panama City.

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