I was young when President's Day was swapped out for Martin Luther King day. I didn't know then what the hullaballoo was all about. I knew that Martin Luther King had been a civil rights leader, had given the "I have a dream.." speech and was assassinated somewhere in the south.
Of course, now I see that the accolades for this man were placed on him for one reason: out of political correctness and as a mea culpa to a narrow, hypersensitive segment of our population. You'll never see the mainstream media publicly make this connection for fear of being accused of bigotry and "hate speech".
Lincoln and Washington were men of courage, able battlefield commanders, and charismatic leaders who had strong core values. Lines from Hamlet come to mind when I think about this situation - Like a hyperion to a satyr, this unweeded garden grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature... Here's the full stanza:
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!
But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:
So excellent a king; that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr;
~~Hamlet (lines 130-145)
Lincoln and Washington never knew from day to day whether or not this country would fall, one to the British and one to the Southern rebels. We were at war and fighting for our very lives. To be tested under fire proves your mettle better than any doctoral thesis could do.
Martin Luther King was undoubtedly charismatic and possessed of leadership skills but, was he a worthy icon for all of America? Many think so but I am skeptical. Just like Clinton, MLK let his personal infidelities color his policy and affect his actions. He rubbed shoulders with Communist Party officials, had numerous extramarital affairs and was a Plagarist. We celebrate the satyrs and forget the Hyperions.
This is just my opinion...you be the judge on whether a libertine deserves a national holiday.
I could think of a dozen others who are holiday-worthy...just go to the Museum of Science and Industry and stand in the Great Hall. Look up at the names engraved along the ceiling perimeter and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Take the 12 hours and run!