War, the Tea Party, and 23 Other Things Pundits Say MLK Would Have Supported

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Wednesday is the anniversary of the March on Washington. So it’s only natural for political commentators and columnists from all corners of the political spectrum to claim Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy as their own. “MLK was a conservative all along!” is a popular refrain; although it sweeps his anti-war, highly controversial, and widely disdained leftism under the rug.

On Monday, Politico published a piece on how King has been name-checked as a guaranteed supporter of… almost everything. In that spirit, here are 25 things that Martin Luther King, Jr. would surely support—according to partisans, living today, who are not Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Our war in Afghanistan

Our war in Iraq

Our (other) war in Iraq

The NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia

Ending drone warfare

Occupy Wall Street

The tea party

Obamacare

Repealing Obamacare

The Democratic Party

The Republican Party

Barack Obama

Mitt Romney

Palestine

Israel

Pro-choice advocates

Pro-life advocates

Same-sex marriage

“Traditional” marriage

Gun control

Gun rights

Climate action

Private property rights

An end to private property rights

Today’s sci-fi

I, for one, am confident that if King were alive today, he would be a huge fan of Battleship.

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