John Andrews

But does this mean it’s TRUE that your life is worth less and your choices matter less in America if you are not white? Absolutely not. Even though many of us, white and nonwhite alike, act as if that’s so, it is still a vicious lie before the law and in God’s sight.

The nation at all times needs godly men in the pulpit and courageous men in public life, men like Martin Luther King, to recall us to the timeless, unvarying standard of right and wrong by which killing, stealing, promiscuity, and lies are condemned – and responsibility, justice, and mercy are commanded.

But in the days since gunfire sprayed Darrent Williams’ limo, Baghdad fashion, what bold proposals against gangsterism have we heard from Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper or Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter or Colorado Attorney General John Suthers? What protest marches by clergy of all races have we seen against the moral sewers of those debauched nightclubs and lawless record companies? None.

Dr. King was a reverend before he was a reformer. The two callings were inseparable for him. His supposed heirs today, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, are but cheap political hucksters – not prophetic spiritual voices. Yet there are such voices. One is Bishop Harry Jackson from Maryland, advocate of a “Black Contract with America on Moral Values.” With every drive-by shooting, something like that contract becomes more urgently needed.

John Andrews

John Andrews is former president of the Colorado Senate and the author of "Responsibility Reborn: A Citizen's Guide to the Next American Century"