Known not by his character

James Kilpatrick on why Martin Luther King did not deserve a national holiday:

These practical objections provide the least of the objections. Note that of the nine Federal holidays, only two honor specific individuals: George Washington and Christopher Columbus. We have no Federal holiday for such towering figures as Jefferson, Madison, and Lincoln.

A decent sense of historical perspective should tell us that Martin Luther King, influential as he was in the field of civil rights, was no John Adams, no John Marshall, no Benjamin Franklin.[No National
Holiday For Dr. King, Miami Herald, August 30, 1983]

Another victory for affirmative action, I guess.