When I was a child, I remember the state of Arizona under Gov. Evan Mecham rescinded the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I was shocked to hear about this on the news. You see as an eleven-year old, the Civil Rights Movement of a few decades prior seemed like ancient history. But this nationwide holiday controversy brought home to me the ongoing need for taking a stand for what you believe in, for not shutting up, and for working to correct divisions between groups of people.
Since I was young I have felt that we have had immature leadership in the political arena more often than not – but the upside of this belief is that I’ve always viewed the so-called “common” woman and man with much more respect than I do those in positions where big titles and big salaries reign. I believe this is a healthy viewpoint. Rule by We the People begins with this attitude.
Today as we move through the celebration of a man and a movement that understood the vast importance of taking power back over our own lives, I’d like to see us chuck the labels of liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican because they are too shallow to describe most people’s lives. They are false labels slapped on us by immature leaders intent on keeping us divided. Instead, ask yourself this: do you think that our politicians and our big title holders will make the changes that we need to see in this world – or do I believe that it will be you, me and all of our neighbors?
“Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.