“A true revolution of values will say of war, ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’…I call on Washington today, I call on every man and woman of goodwill all over America today: Take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may be too late; a book may close. And I don’t know about you — I ain’t going to study war no more.”
– Martin Luther King
The email I got from CODEPINK advertises “Martin Luther King: Watch & Be Inspired!” and the Flash video truly lives up to that billing… but then, anything using Martin’s voice would be inspiring. I could hear him speak a hundred times, and not be left unmoved.
But… but… here is my question: Where is the Martin Luther King, Jr. of today?
Why is the greatest moral authority on the conduct of this war a voice forty years out of the past? Has the stature of our leaders diminished so much since then… or their courage?
Something is very wrong here, when we as a movement have no choice but to reach back to iconic figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. to get our message across with any moral authority.
Has the mainstream media have so stifled alternative voices, that none have had a chance to develop the same stature… is that the answer? Or could it be that, perhaps, no one in today’s establishment has determined that permitting someone to achieve the same level of recognition and moral authority suits their political convenience?
Has the right wing really crippled our ability to develop and communicate our message so badly, that even our most prominent voices are folks known only to a few… who in the anti-war movement qualifies as a household name? Or are we, ourselves, in the anti-war movement, doing something wrong?
Or is it that we are just lesser men and women than our predecessors… what am I missing?