January 21, 2013


-AUDIO: Martin Luther King, Jr: "I've Been to the Mountaintop" (American Rhetoric)

The Reverend King had gone pretty far wrong by then, descending into stock Leftism -- welfare mau-mauing and appeasement of the Soviet Union -- but while he didn't get to the Promised Land with us he did get us there. When you listen to his speeches you realize how important it was to have the leader of the civil rights movement make moral claims rooted in Judeo-Christianity upon an American people informed by the faith. He succeeded because we could not be both segregationist and American.

[originally posted: 4/04/07]

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Posted by at January 21, 2013 12:00 AM

Can you point out some specific examples of Soviet appeasement? Or is that a fancy euphemism for opposition to the Vietnam War?

Posted by: Hardeep at April 4, 2007 4:44 PM

The bmost famous example is this embarrassingly naive and morally inane speech:


Posted by: oj at April 4, 2007 8:24 PM

I'm familiar with the speech, but I still don't see much in the way of "stock leftism" or "Soviet appeasement."
I find it funny how you can take from MLK Jr. only the words that are most convenient to your ideology of Christian American nationalism that you are so tightly chained to.
I think King has a lot more to offer than just his stance towards segregation; as a matter of fact he made much out of connecting the policies of domestic racisms with those of foreign racisms.

Posted by: Hardeep at April 4, 2007 10:46 PM

Quite. King did much good and it is a great tragedy that by the end he was just a trivial stock Leftist. He was successful early on in appealing to America's conscience and a failure later when he started toeing the party line.

Posted by: oj at April 5, 2007 6:26 AM

Exactly so.

MLK's famous vision that some day people would be judged by their character instead of the color of their skin was turned on its head, so that now all that matters in the land of entitlement is the color of one's skin.

Posted by: erp at April 5, 2007 7:27 AM

A folk-enemy and culture traitor who became such out of sympathetic motives is still a folk-enemy and a culture-traitor

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 5, 2007 10:19 AM
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