He includes the important observation that there is a
growing recognition that state-sponsored casino gambling is incompatible with constitutional democracy itself. This argument is being championed by eminent historian of the civil rights movement Taylor Branch, who says that raising revenue via state-supported gambling addiction is a betrayal of the citizens and an avoidance of critical questions about our democracy: what do we want our government to do and how are we going to pay for it? “State-sponsored predatory gambling is essentially a corruption of democracy,” he said recently.
Taylor Branch won the Pulitzer Prize for writing about Martin Luther King, who said
“On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway.
I like to think that the Democratic Party, which was once the party of slaveholders, will forever remain the party of Dr. King, not Col. Sanders.