Monday was the national holiday to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (and it should be noted that a great many conservatives tried like hell to stop that holiday from being created, including “moderates” like John McCain). ThinkProgress notes some of MLK’s more radical views and they suggest what he would be saying if he were alive today.
3. He denounced the Vietnam War. King’s harsh words on the Vietnam War alienated even his allies on civil rights, especially President Lyndon B. Johnson. Still, King continued to speak out, asserting that American involvement in Vietnam “has torn up the Geneva Accord” and “strengthened the military-industrial complex.” He also accused the U.S. of being “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” Not only was the Vietnam War morally unforgivable in King’s eyes, but it also took away billions of dollars that could be used to help end poverty in American slums. “Our national priorities are disastrously confused when we spend more than $30 billion a year upon a tragic, destructive war in Southeast Asia and cut back on the programs which deal with the most basic injustices of America itself,” he wrote.
Now multiply that by about 100 and you have the cost of the Iraq war. It’s the trillions of dollars spent on an unjustified and unnecessary war, combined with simultaneous tax cuts, that is primarily responsible for the soaring debt over the last decade. Imagine what we could have done in this country with even a small portion of that money, not just in terms of helping the poor but upgrading our badly depleted infrastructure (roads and bridges, upgrading the electric grid, etc).
You know what’s even more absurd? That this is considered a radical, out of the mainstream viewpoint.