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.