T. Jefferson Day? Not Today


Founding Father Thomas Jefferson is unfit to have a holiday named for him. Instead, we celebrate a man whom America’s most engaging first lady deemed “terrible,” “tricky” and “a phony.” Jacqueline Kennedy, as revealed from audio recordings of Mrs. Kennedy’s historic 1964 conversations on life with John F. Kennedy, held a low opinion of MLK, the man America has since deified, and was unafraid to say as much.

There were many reasons not racist for which to dislike MLK, not least of them was the man’s dalliance with communists. “His associations with communists” is why Jacky’s husband, hero of Chris Matthews’ latest book, ordered the wiretaps on King. Mrs. Kennedy’s brother-in-law, Robert Kennedy—recounts Patrick J. Buchanan in “Suicide of a Superpower”—”saw to it that the FBI carried out the order.” Among his other endearing qualities, the not-so enchanting Martin Luther King had “declared that the Goldwater campaign bore ‘dangerous signs of Hitlerism.”

Indisputably, MLK set the tone for “assailing America as irredeemably racist” forever after. Other brothers have built on MLK’s work to sculpt careers as professional race hustlers.

Later this week, I will excerpt from Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John Kennedy. Jackie was a dazzling conversationalist, and a forceful, thoughtful person.

6 thoughts on “T. Jefferson Day? Not Today

  1. Greg

    Giving a national holiday in the name of of MLK is one of the worst things President Reagan did. Even Reagan thought King was a communist. And in our dumbed down society children know more about King today than they do Thomas Jefferson. That is a travesty. What else can we expect from a populace that is obsessed with political correctness, big bloated government, and communitarianism.

  2. james huggins

    Well Mercer, when you decide to tip sacred cows you pick the sacredest. Of course, what you say is absolutely true but such comments will either be shouted down by the usual suspects or ignored altogether. For what it’s worth I think you’re the best. Usually.

  3. George Pal

    Jefferson, a man prone to hyperbole, hated oratory. I wonder what he would have thought of a national holiday to it.

  4. David Smith

    I have arrived at a point where if I hear the dominant cultural elites telling me I need to honor someone or something, I almost automatically reject him or it. MLK now falls into this category. I can’t blame black folks for wanting to be treated fairly, but the long line of Unitarians, utopians, tyrants, and statists, of whom King seems to be a successor, are responsible for rejecting and destroying the very traditions that make for ordered liberty. I’ll take the day off if they want to give it to me, but I’ll be flying a First National Confederate flag in commemoration of two of my country’s heroes: Robert E. Lee on Thursday, 19 JAN, and Thos. J. Jackson on Saturday, 21 JAN.

  5. Fred Cummins

    Most ethnics in this country do not want racism to go away they just want it reversed. They proudly say now it is your time to see how it feels. Well I have some news for them, we already know well, as most of us evil whites have been under the thumb of one group or another in history. I have only know a few truly racist in my long full life and some of them were both black and Hispanic. Racism is a profitable business same as Military and law enforcement. Nothing will fix this nation but education, but that has also be usurped. Without divine intervention we are finished as the shining city on the hill.

  6. My RON-PAUL i

    Oh oh – guess who voted against the holiday to honor the GREATEST AMERICAN WHO EVER LIVED?? (Hint: it was not Newt Gingrich of the 6th District of GA)


    I notice that Goldwater also voted NO – although I sort of remember a quote (could not find it) that most Americans would be happy to have a day off, even if for Jack the Ripper….

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