This 4 April, in Remembrance of MLK, Resolve to use Nonviolence

Times have gotten harrowing again. It seems like we’ve lived through the high water mark of peace and prosperity, and now we’re heading to some real sturm und drang. Not just domestically, but in international affairs, as well.

We’ve got open talk of insurrection and sedition at home by those on the right here at home and authoritarian movements weakening our closest allies. The other leading democracy, the UK, got itself taken off the table when the Russian disinformation campaign got Brexit passed and installed BoJo the Clown as PM. And, the Land Down Under, another close allie and leading democracy, is wobbling under the ineffective and tone deaf administration the Scott Morrison.

The Ol’ Pussy Grabber did enough damage to NATO to embolden Putin to try and bludgeon Ukraine. Xi in China may like what he sees so much he grabs for Taiwan or the South China Sea.

The States are writhing pits of snakes seeking to poison our democracy by denying us hard won rights and denying us democratically elected governance like we’re some kind of common Viktor Orban and Hungary.

We need MLK’s dream now more than ever. We need his principles of nonviolence and equality before the law. We must take back our democracy and push against the rising tide of fascism by using our democratic institutions, norms, and customs. We have to be prepared to take to the streets in peaceful mass protest. We have to get as many people registered to vote and, then, get those people to the polls to vote in November.

On this anniversary of MLK’s death, we cannot let him have died in vain. We must resolve to continue the fight for equality and democracy and our rights.

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Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site” by National Park Service is marked with CC BY 2.0.

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