Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Simon: No Heroes Left: The MLK Revelations
“What are we to make of the disturbing news about Martin Luther King? Should we change the name on every school, park, and boulevard across the nation named after him as if he were the inverse of Robert E. Lee or Jefferson Davis? There must be tens of thousands of them. He was one of the indisputable heroes of American history, the great civil rights leader who inspired our country with his non-violent protests and who so memorably told us: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Amen and amen. […] . . . to compound this bad turn in our country, we have to process new information about Dr. King himself that is nothing short of nauseating, if true. And, to be honest, it is likely to be. The source is David Garrow, author of the Pulitzer-winning encomium Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a senior advisor to Eyes on the Prize, PBS’ award-winning series on the Civil Rights Movement — in other words, a liberal’s liberal and no enemy of King’s. In fact, he is, if anything, a former idolator. So when Garrow tells us, indeed quoting hidden FBI documents (sound familiar?), that MLK had a . . .”
Chaves: The Truth about What Causes Income Inequality in America
“Since income inequality is so important to progressives, maybe they should find out which states have done a better job of addressing this ‘grave injustice.’ Zippia (a website for employers and job hunters) compiled data to calculate Gini scores for all states from 2012 to 2016. The Gini Coefficient has been used since 1912 to quantify income inequality. Values range from 0 (perfect equality) to 100 (perfect inequality). Based on data from the publication 24/7 Wall St.and Forbes, there is no evidence that government policies for spreading the wealth or restricting business freedom have narrowed the wealth gap (Tables 1 and 2): . . . […] Based on these data, moral decline, not laissez-faire capitalism, is a major cause of income inequality in America. Conservatives have been saying this for years, but when University of Pennsylvania professor Amy Wax defended ‘bourgeois values’ in 2017, the National Lawyers Guild denounced her column as ‘a textbook example of how white supremacy and cultural elitism are used to denigrate the poor and sustain the gross wealth inequality that defines American capitalism.’ This statement is a textbook example of virtue-signaling at the expense of cold, hard facts.”
Read more at American Thinker.
Enloe: New Mexico Democratic governor pulled troops from border ‘charade’ — now she’s demanding federal help over border crisis
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda and the administration’s overall response to the border crisis. In February, she condemned what she called Trump’s “charade of border fear-mongering” and announced she was withdrawing most of the New Mexico National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border in her state. “I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border,” Lujan Grisham said, according to NPR. […] But now, more than three months after her public campaign of opposition against the Trump administration, Lujan Grisham is seeking the federal government’s assistance to manage the impacts of the border crisis on New Mexico.