January 21, 2019
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
MLK DAY 2019 – With a Few Other Comments About those Catholic Students with MAGA Hats
My original intent this morning had been to write something detailed, lengthy and caustic about the widely-reported incident involving those Catholic students from Covington, Kentucky, wearing MAGA hats who had attended the March for Life rally in Washington DC, January 18. Yesterday as I caught a bit of news on the local NBC affiliate, WRAL, there was news anchor, Ken Smith, describing how “pro-life Catholic teenagers with Make America Great Hats” taunted and “threatened” an “elderly native American” Vietnam War veteran. And later in the day an interview with the native American [i.e., Indian], Nathan Phillips, surfaced in which he criticized just how “hateful” America had become during—of course—the past two years.
But, come to find out, it was one of the worst and most despicable cases of “fake news” perpetrated by the media (AND some anti-Trump Republicans) we have seen in months. Full video and additional accounts reveal something entirely different from the now- discredited account of Leftwing Indian activist Phillips, who has a history, himself, of attempting to provoke confrontations with conservative students [
If some kid wearing a McCain 2008 cap had been filmed behaving this way, John McCain would have already called Mr. Phillips to express regret. And he would have used the occasion to remind his supporters they should treat others with respect. Will Trump do anything like this? — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol)
A writer at the also that the students “might as well have spit on the cross.”[
But this incident is being covered and will develop as time goes on.
So, today, it being January 21 and an official Federal holiday, I re-issue a longish research essay I originally published in THE UNZ REVIEW on January 16, 2018. It was intended as a strong cautionary note on the ongoing and mindless canonization of Martin Luther King Jr. (whose birth date is January 15), and whose symbolic, political and cultural uses in completing the revolutionary transformation and destruction of the United States cannot be overstated. From the far frenzied Left to the dominant “conservative movement inc.” [the “Big Con,” as my friend Dr. Jack Kerwick calls them], King is now the salutary, untouchable, indeed, indisputably holy and magical American talisman—an Icon—whose legacy cannot and must not be questioned. To do so, of course, means you are by definition a “racist,” a “bigot,” probably a “fascist,” as well. And from the usual Progressivist voices to almost the entirety of the pundits on FOX (can you find an exception?) and in the Establishment “Big Con” media, King is the newest Founding Father who confirms the imposed narrative that “America was founded on the ‘proposition’ of Equality.” The problem, however, is that this historical template is false, undone by a serious and thorough examination of history and the documentation available. But it is used by both the Progressivists AND the elitist BigCon advocates—whose philosophy emits from the same essential foundations, only differing in variations of application—to advance an agenda that in the end heads irreversibly Left.
I will continue to run this piece each MLK Day as a reminder and challenge to think again, more critically and historically, about what this day actually means and continues to become.
Martin Luther King Day and the Perversion of American History