Monday, January 21, 2019

Abraham, Martin and John

[In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we republish a post by the late Jim Hamilton from January 16, 2012, honoring Dr. King and his legacy.]

By Jim Hamilton, J.D., LL.M.

"I thought I saw him walkin' up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John"

- Dion

Abraham Lincoln made the pledge a reality and one hundred years later Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. redeemed it. That took far too long. How foolish the doctrine of Interposition seems today, how misguided was Massive Resistance and, as to the Southern Manifesto, I will leave that to history and, as John F. Kennedy said, move on to New Frontiers.

We hear a lot of talk today about job creation. Dr. King was one of the greatest job creators in US history. We must never forget that a great legacy of Dr. King is the new Toyota plant in Mississippi, the new VW plant in Tennessee, the new Siemens plant in North Carolina, and the new Hyundai plant in Alabama, because no international company would have ever built gleaming new facilities in a segregated South. So, in addition to everything else, thank you Dr. King for all the jobs you helped create in the New South.