Paul Krugman titles his op-ed this Martin Luther King Day ‘Debunking the Reagan Myth‘ and while this particular column is just the latest Krugman attack on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Reagonomics, Krugman devotes much of his new book to slandering Ronald Reagan’s record on civil rights. Others have already debunked Krugman’s mendacity on this subject, but to help celebrate this Martin Luther King day here are some excerpts from Reagan’s remarks on signing the bill that honored King with a national holiday:

When I was thinking of the contributions to our country of the man that we’re honoring today, a passage attributed to the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier comes to mind. “Each crisis brings its word and deed.” In America, in the fifties and sixties, one of the important crises we faced was racial discrimination. The man whose words and deeds in that crisis stirred our nation to the very depths of its soul was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. …

Now our nation has decided to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by setting aside a day each year to remember him and the just cause he stood for. We’ve made historic strides since Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of the bus. As a democratic people, we can take pride in the knowledge that we Americans recognized a grave injustice and took action to correct it. And we should remember that in far too many countries, people like Dr. King never have the opportunity to speak out at all.

But traces of bigotry still mar America. So, each year on Martin Luther King Day, let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day: Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. And I just have to believe that all of us — if all of us, young and old, Republicans and Democrats, do all we can to live up to those Commandments, then we will see the day when Dr. King’s dream comes true, and in his words, “All of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, `. . . land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”’

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