Martin Luther King Jr. was bold and beautiful for a reason. He seems a figure from a distant past.
Is it because he died so prematurely, killed by an assassin’s bullet, at 39? Or does he recede into history because someone of his towering stature is unimaginable in a BananaRepublic led by blustering moral pipsqueaks?
Barack Obama’s troubles underscore the point. The headline on Paul Krugman’s column today — “What Didn’t Happen” — should have read “Yes We Can’t.”