Herman Cain Lies About MLK

Herman Cain has joined with the hordes of other conservatives who are flat out lying about Martin Luther King and trying to turn him into one of them. While trying to respond to Rep. Keith Ellison’s proposed financial transaction tax, Cain said that King wasn’t into “class warfare.”

The mainstream media somehow managed to miss the demonstrations held April 4 – the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination – in favor of the so-called “Robin Hood Tax.” I only learned about the planned demonstrations in 22 cities after I was asked to comment on the proposed tax on the Fox Business News show “Varney and Company,” which prompted me to do some research to know what this was about.

Well, I discovered that this was about class warfare.

The demonstrations and the proposed tax were initiated by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota). He has introduced an actual bill to tax all Wall Street transactions to provide a pool of money to help those, mostly minorities, who have not achieved financial success. The bill is HR 1579, the “Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013”.

When Stuart Varney asked me what I thought of this tax, I said the bill is simply a class warfare attack on those who represent financial success – and it dishonors the memory of Dr. King, because he did not preach class warfare.

If class warfare is defined by support for a strong welfare state, criticizing income inequality and wanting to use tax policy to even the score — and that’s the definition that Cain is using — King sure as hell did “preach class warfare.” For crying out loud, King was a self-declared “democratic socialist” who advocated for a full employment policy using government-created jobs for everyone. Cain is simply lying. It’s what he does.

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  • tuibguy

    You know who talks the most about Class Warfare? The ones who are waging it.

  • caseloweraz

    Exactly, tuibguy.

    And Warren Buffett.

    His quote on the subject bears repeating: “There’s class warfare, all right,” Mr. Buffett said, “but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

    When Buffett polled his employees, he found — as explained in this NYT article — that he paid far less in taxes as a percentage than any of them. He has recommended increasing taxes on the wealthy.

  • Chiroptera

    …Cain said that King wasn’t into “class warfare.”

    Yeah, that’s like saying that General De Gaulle wasn’t “into” World War II.

  • Artor

    Yeah, you could shorten that headline, Ed. “Herman Cain Lies.”

  • Gus Schwartz

    Nice. here’s another point — re the rightwing claims that Dr. King did not support utilizing tax revenues to promote social change. In his final year, Dr. King was actively working on a Poor People’s campaign to address still rampant poverty in the U.S. in 1968.

    Part of that effort was a call for major federal funding, tens of billions of dollars, for programs needed to fight poverty and income inequality. Those are exactly the goals of HR 1579 and the Robin Hood tax campaign today. Which is why people who are real heirs to Dr. King, including a leader of the Moral Mondays movement, Reps. Ellison and Barbara Lee, Bill Lucy who was with King in Memphis in 1968, and other activists, participated in the actions Herman Cain was fulminating about.

    Anyone who wants to know more about the Robin Hood tax on Wall Street campaign, can check out http://www.robinhoodtax.org

  • Nemo

    I dunno… from what I’ve heard from Herman Cain, it’s possible that he’s stupid enough to actually believe this.

  • ursamajor

    Sometimes I listen to his radio show and ,,, the stupid it burns. No, that is not correct. He is so far past merely burning stupid that there is no word for it. If someone else was to say the things he does it would be time for liar, liar, pants on fire. No, he is the Dunning Kruger archetype, the unadulterated essence of cluelessness.

  • howardhershey

    Seems like Cain doesn’t remember why MLK was in Memphis when he was assassinated. Had something to do with class warfare, as I recall.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    He does know that Robin Hood was the good guy in the story, right?