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Today, as we celebrate one of the greatest figures in our history, I think it’s worth taking a look at how the GOP and right-wing establishment have treated Martin Luther King, Jr. over the years.

Can anyone tell me why:

  • St. McCain, a leading Republican presidential candidate, voted against the 1983 law to make King’s birthday a national holiday?
  • Ron Paul, another Republican presidential candidate, published a newsletter that referred to the holiday as "Hate Whitey Day"?
  • Mitt Romney lied about seeing his father march with King?
  • 18 of the 22 senators who opposed that 1983 law — including Trent Lott and Orrin Hatch — were Republicans?
  • Vice President Dick Cheney, as a congressman, voted against a 1979 measure to make King’s birthday a national holiday?
  • The red states of Arizona and New Hampshire, didn’t recognize the King Holiday until 2000?
  • It took until 2000 for Willard’s beloved Utah to finally change their "Human Rights Day" to officially honor Martin Luther King?
  • South Carolina, the reddest of red states, was the last state to recognize the holiday as a paid holiday for state employees?
  • Right-wing and Republican activists continue to peddle smears of Dr. King (see here, here, here, here, and here)?

Just asking.