Far be it from me to criticize your wiseness-ness, but dude, at least fact check against wikipedia or something before you post howlers like this:
“And note the timing of Abernathy’s book. 1989 was a point in time when folk on the right were advocating a national holiday to commemorate Dr. King, while lots of folks on the left were opposing it.”
Please tell me you were chronologically-impaired from a few extra round-trips in the time machine…
“At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.”
No doubt JR is correct on the date. These memory slips happen when you tend to blend together the 20th Century. But howler aside, the Czar does recall a massive amount of historical revisionism happening at that time: the PC movement was in full swing, and basically everything good was bad and everything bad was good. Opposition to MLK Day was quite strong as recently as 1992 (the Chicago unions had a very unsavory word for it), so the Czarwhile wrong on the datestill suspects the release of the book in 1989 was very much in the spirit of ripping down conservative icons.