Glenn Beck is coming to Anchorage this Saturday, September 11. Our former governor, Sarah Palin, will join him. The event’s promoter says that the date is a coincidence.
In 2008, when then-governor Palin was the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, progressives in Alaska coalesced in ways they’d rarely done before. One Saturday, almost exactly two years ago, I went to my first-ever protest. I parked behind the ACS office building, and walked toward the library, wondering how many others had decided to show up. I turned the corner, and stopped in my tracks. The crowd was huge (by AK standards).
With Glenn Beck’s appearance less than a week away, I started hearing rumbles from Anchorage progressives. “Should we do something?” “Gather at the Park Strip at 11.”
But the tone is different this time. Weary. A sense of obligation, not passion.
And after those first, faltering proposals, there has been something new. People say they want to do something positive. People want to sing, and dance, and pray, and love.
I don’t know what the practicalities of this would look like. But I do know one of the first steps, at least for me. Ironically, it was inspired by Glenn Beck.
My first step is to learn more about the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here are a few of his words. May they kindle a fire of love in your heart.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.