The late Rev. King had a mix of philosophy, both orthodox (classical liberal, which we would cal conservative) and especially in later years, dabbling in socialism. Socialism is what you get when you have a theology based on service without a very definite God to serve.
He was a communist tool!
Despite what King said about judging people by the content of their character, I’m unconvinced that he came even close to being a conservative. He badmouthed the soldiers fighting in Vietnam, addressed the leftist “New Politics” conference in 1967, and seemed to be moving left at the time of his assassination.
Simply put like Ghandi King knew he could not lead his people to a military victory over Western man. Therefore, he looked into the soul of the Westerner and saw a great empty place filled only by eating, drinking, drugging, copulating, evacuating the bowels and snoring. Thus by simple Potemkin like measures King easily obtained the victory finalized by the election of the current occupant of the White House. All that is left to do is the consolidation of the conquest then the real raping and looting can begin.
He was no conservative, and can only be decribed as being less radical than the second wave of revolutionary Marxist liberation theologian.
Martin Luther King was a mixed bag. He plagiarized his Harvard thesis. He was a serial womanizer, and was having an affair at the time he was shot. In his later years, he went out to Detroit and Dearborn and began sounding like just another race baiter.
But there was also another MLK, who was, in fact, basically conservative. He started out as a Republican, and was a real Christian despite his sins. He seems to have raised an honorable family, who have not allowed the race baiters to coopt his memory, insofar as they can help it. He was pro-life, and so are they.
So, I would agree with this editorial. He was in many ways far from the race-baiting, pork-swilling black politicians who walked in his footsteps. He was far from perfect, but he was not merely an opportunist like so many of those who wanted to be his heirs.
I do believe there are good reasons not to have a day exclusive to King, but King will be historically remembered as the man who led the way to end racism in the sixties; and ending racism is a Christian Conservative notion based on the Bible. Everything else King did, including his mistakes, made no difference in history; and bringing them up in public only helps Liberals in the notion that all Conservatives are hypocrites in one way or another.
A plagiarist (very well documented) and a rampant womanizer (well documented) and an enduring symbol of the loss of freedom of association, one of our very fundamental rights as human beings...oh and definitely NOT a conservative.