But the calculus changed once we started getting elected to public office and rising in the business world. Once the cookie jar got stuffed with chocolate chip macadamias in the form of lucrative campaign contributions, control over government funds and big royalty payments, not everyone could resist. Our sense of morality needs to catch up to the times.
Grubby and undignified though some may find it, the King children’s profiteering — or, forgive the pun, “propheteering” — from his name is perfectly legal. He had a dream, and they have a scheme. Could anything be more American?
Jack White, a former columnist for Time magazine, is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va.