For the past eight years, each January for the Federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King (whose birth date is January 15), I send out a cautionary essay that I first began researching back in 2016. What I have been attempting to do, with increasing urgency, was remind readers, specifically so-called “conservatives,” that King and his holiday are emblematic of the ongoing radical transformation of the American republic:  the mindless canonization and glorification of King, especially by the conservative movement, only advances this demonic project.

Each year I update and edit the essay, but almost always it remains similar to what I wrote back in 2016. I fully recognize that this effort on my part is akin to repeatedly standing in the middle of a super-highway and attempting to stop a large transfer truck barreling down the road at 80 miles an hour, in my direction. But that in no way diminishes my—or our—obligation to raise critical questions about this exercise in national groveling and self-abasement before the Baal-like image of “an Emperor who has no clothes” (recall the familiar Hans Christian Andersen parable).

Like the disastrous Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills of the 1960s, the establishment of the King Holiday is a watershed event in American history, symbolic of what had happened to this country and a predictor of what was to happen… and is occurring now.

The fact that most Republicans and “conservatives” buy into it illustrates their puerility and abject surrender to a Leftist agenda (just tune into Fox News to hear their unctuous blather). The resulting revolutionary destruction of the United States, our traditions, and our history cannot be overstated. For in placing King and his legacy on a pedestal alongside George Washington or Thomas Jefferson, conservatives—whether they intend to or not—buy into that radical agenda. You simply cannot create a legitimate opposition to the madness that currently afflicts us by accepting the essential principles and foundation of our enemies.

Thus, the destruction and dismemberment of monuments to Robert E. Lee, Fr. Junipero Serra, Thomas Jefferson, and other significant Americans, and the wiping clean of much of our essential history, are logical progressions of this grisly process. If so-called “conservatives” cannot or will not see this, then they need to step aside and cede their positions of opposition to those who do.

King is now the salutary, untouchable, indeed, indisputably holy and magical American talisman whose legacy cannot and must not be questioned. To do so means you are by definition a “racist,” a “white supremacist,” and probably a “fascist,” as well. And from the usual Progressivist voices to almost the entirety of the pundits in the Establishment conservative media, King is the newest Founding Father who confirms the imposed narrative that “America was founded on the ‘proposition’ of Equality’.” The problem, however, is that this historical template is false, undone by a serious and thorough examination of history and the documentation available, as distinguished historians and political scientists Willmoore Kendall and George Carey, in their volume The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition (1970); Mel Bradford, in his meticulous study, Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the Constitution (1993); and most notably Barry Alan Shain, in his authoritative The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context: American State Papers, Proclamations, and Letters from the Age of Revolution (2014/2015) have accomplished.

Yet that template it is used by both the Progressivists AND the “Movement Conservative” advocates to advance an agenda that in the end leads irreversibly Left…and the destruction of our Western civilization.

And so, once again, I offer my thoughts for consideration. The history that is recounted has not changed, but perhaps we can see now and understand better where it has led us….[….]


(published with permission of author)

The views expressed at the Abbeville Institute blog do not necessarily represent the views of the Abbeville Institute.

Boyd Cathey

Boyd D. Cathey holds a doctorate in European history from the Catholic University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, where he was a Richard Weaver Fellow, and an MA in intellectual history from the University of Virginia (as a Jefferson Fellow). He was assistant to conservative author and philosopher the late Russell Kirk. In more recent years he served as State Registrar of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History. He has published in French, Spanish, and English, on historical subjects as well as classical music and opera. He is active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans and various historical, archival, and genealogical organizations.


  • Paul Yarbrough says:

    Persistence is the proper tool (or weapon, maybe). Keep saying it Dr. Cathey.

  • Gordon says:

    Appropriate scrutiny of the man behind the myth and national day off. Appropriate indignation, too.

    I further have seen today, as activists and their listeners observe their holiday, calls for more – quote, One day doesn’t seem like enough, end-quote.

    Yet, Dr. Cathey, maybe it feels at times that you’re preaching to the choir but there appears today what could be a companion piece by Conservative Talker Charlie Kirk at mainstream sites and American Renaissance. Maybe others are waking up.

  • William Quinton Platt III says:

    Those who have controlled the narrative since the invention of the printing press are no longer in control of the narrative.

    Anyone who wants to know the truth can discover mlk was a serial adulterer, plagiarizer and communist. He was a Christian preacher who did not believe in the divinity of Christ. He was a con artist.

    God bless Robert E. Lee.

  • Pete Hale says:

    There are many problems in America today, and MLK Day is not one of them. Most “American Heroes” are con artists, womanizers and secretly non-Christians, and he is not unique.

    If one wants monuments kept, blathering about how much you hate a hero of African-Americans will not endear one much.

    If one hates a holiday, don’t celebrate it. Don’t you want a day off?

    • William Quinton Platt III says:

      They’re not african-americans…there are millions of people who are indigenous to Africa who are not negro. You may call them Sub-Saharan African Americans if you like…since they don’t populate Africa north of the Sahara. I despise mlk for black Americans…they have been lied to since before they were born but many of them understand the agenda to keep them ignorant of truth. You can’t be black, Christian and a democrat…just as you can’t be White, Christian and a democrat. Christians don’t leave babies on delivery room tables to die…mlk was not a Christian, so perhaps he didn’t have a problem with killing children, however, while he was alive, killing children was still illegal. Most babies aborted are black…and brown and White…approximately half the children killed are women…the other half are men. There are no in-betweens…and I don’t want monuments KEPT, I want new monuments erected AND old monuments restored.

      The War Between the States would not have been possible without the support of the South’s slave population. I realize the bad blood between blacks and Whites in the South was the result of blacks supporting the disenfranchisement of White Southern Males. For this, blacks were punished…but those days are past and truth can no longer be hidden from view.

      And no, I don’t want a day off for any lie…but others don’t place as high a price on their honor.

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