CORE — Congress of Racial Equality held a dinner in New York last night, commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King National Holiday.

Guests included: Rabbi Shea Hecht, Chairman of the Board of NCFJE (National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education), who gave the invocation and Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, who was given the Martin Luther King — Public Service Award.

LE asked Mr. Steele if the Republican Party was just waiting for President Obama to implode, or did they have a plan to renew the GOP? He said the plan was to get back to “principles.” When asked if that included renouncing the War in Iraq. He said “no.” He then said that “we need to listen to the people and focus on jobs.” LE asked how he saw the government being able to create meaningful jobs? He responded with a speech on cutting taxes.

Commentary: For any society to be sustainable, people need to be just with each other — including paying their fair share of taxes. As a Catholic, and former seminarian studying for the priesthood, Mr. Steele should know that. He should also know the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were wrong for the U.S. to enter into. Rabbi Hecht did.