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Monday, January 18, 2010

by R J Shulman

WASHINGTON - (PTSD News) - Leading Republicans have announced they will introduce a bill to rename the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday to one honoring the late Senator from South Carolina, Strom Thurmond. "Now that those people have a president, they don't need a special day for their special rights," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell." "Since the unions would scream bloody murder if we took away a paid holiday, we might as well rename it Strom Thurmond day to give the other side to the civil rights issue equal time," said Senator John McCain.

"Strom Thurmond worked tirelessly for America for many more years than King did," said Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex). "You never hear of King serving his country when he was in his eighties and nineties like Strom did." "Martin Luther King day is an example of affirmative action gone wild," said talk show host Rush Limbaugh, "everyone knows King was a Communist who wanted the United States to fail in Viet Nam. What kind of traitorous American would say they want the country and the president to fail?"

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday was first celebrated in 1986 to honor the man considered the most influential person in the struggle for equal justice and civil rights since the abolition of slavery. "Just as there is still an issue whether there is global warming or evolution," said Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), "there is still an issue whether ending slavery was the right thing for America." Noted economist, Ashton Washburn IV of the conservative Plantation Institute of Arlington, Virginia said, "The abolition of slavery is the main reason that American jobs have moved overseas, where the wages are much less than are demanded here."

The bill is expected to receive wide Republican support along with the more conservative Democrats. "If it turns out Dr. King would have wanted a public option for health care," said Senator Lieberman (I-Conn), "then I'll have to vote with my Republican colleagues to end the celebration of this man's life work."

However, there may be some opposition from the Republicans themselves. They've all expressed interest to end the King holiday, but disagree on renaming the day. "Strom Thurmond might not be the most appropriate person to honor," said Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), "when it could be named after the most influential person of our time, Sarah Palin."

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