On the day where we honor the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, it is hard to avoid all of the partisan fighting, world strife and general unsettledness among people. It is also most disturbing to see the personal threats that Chairman Pai has been subjected to in recent months. We have seem to have lost the path to civil discourse. Regardless of political affiliation, I watch with great sadness the political institutions that have been built in our nation’s capital since the days of our founding fathers get a little bit wobbly. Professionally, I continue to remain very hopeful that infrastructure legislation will stay find a narrow path of agreement to make it through the political and congressional gauntlet but that optimism seems to ebb and flow with daily headlines. It will take our policymakers great fortitude to put egos and credit aside to do some things that will stay make a big difference for rural America, particularly where they can be helpful on the broadband deployment piece.
As I was sifting through some King quotes today, his words continued to ring true in terms of finding respect among discord and I wanted to share a few….
“When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love.”
“We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. There is still a voice crying out the vista of time, saying: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.”
Just wait until President’s Day – more fun quotes to come as words uttered many years ago still resonate true.