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Monday, January 19, 2004


Martin Luther King Day
Today, aside from being the Iowa Caucuses, is Martin Luther King Day. I'm not doing anything particularly special for it (on Thursday I'm going to a forum with Abigail Thernstrom, so I'll call that my observance), though I had the opportunity to go hear Kweisi Mfume, the president of the NAACP speak. But today, so much of the civil rights movement is misguided, opportunistic or just plain wrong that it's hard to throw any support whatsoever behind King's successors.

But at the same time, conservatives on the whole missed out and messed up when King himself was around. Instead of recognizing that the Civil Rights movement was the natural consequence of a nation which holds as self evident the idea that all men are created, they typically ignored the issue or exploited the wrong side of it. Not all, but too many.

The Civil Rights movement was the great failure of conservatism--especially religious conservatism--in the 20th century. It was left to liberals who saw it as only one more step on an endless road of progress towards utopia, instead of working out one of the last kinks in this whole democratic republic thing. Conceding the entire issue to liberals has done more than anything else to damage conservative efforts, leaving entire ethnicities with a well-deserved distrust of conservatives and Republicans.

Work is now being done to bridge that gap, but it will be a long painful process, one that won't be finished until every Trent Lott and every other Southern Strategy beneficiary has passed out of memory.

But I think it will finally happen, and I hope I can be a part of it when it does.
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