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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
A mostly forgotten aspect of Martin Luther King’s legacy
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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By Pat Cunningham
April 4, 2013 11:20 a.m.



On this 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., I’m moved to raise a subject I addressed here a few years ago, a subject that’s rarely, if ever, mentioned in classroom lessons about the man.

Such lessons invariably focus on King’s status as the greatest of America’s civil rights leaders, and rightly so. But there’s another aspect of the King legacy that’s been largely obscured, despite the courage it represented — his opposition to the war in Vietnam.

In speaking out against the war, King alienated various other civil rights leaders as well as many ordinary folks ...

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