From my friend Resa Willis…READ THIS NOW!
A Call to Action
Invaluable is life, and immeasurable is liberty. Yet our liberties are being weighed, they are being measured, and our liberties are most assuredly found wanting. James Madison, who stated “I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations”, is still correct.
Much like any abusive relationship, victims of the trespass remain unaware of the subtle, gradual implementation of control, which is entirely by design.
Sometimes, the abuser slips up.
Our political system has done this very thing. This year has been a wakeup call for the political non-committals. Admittedly, I was among these ranks. Having a general disdain for politics, a dirty game, prompted my complete abstention from the process. This election cycle has forced a reevaluation of that abstention.
Sitting out of this game has consequences. In fact, nobody can truly sit out of this particular game. We become the most vulnerable participants of the game when we believe we are sitting out. Our liberties are played like pawns, slowly snatched away, until our abuser triumphantly declares a checkmate. This is the price of apathy.
We are left with a choice: We play, or we get played.
“But our voices don’t count” is the most common excuse for choosing not to play. Yet, an army of non-participants is still an army, and arguably the most powerful type of army for those who seek to abuse. What if that army slowly began finding their voices?
The collective must collect. Have we so easily forgotten what enough ants can do to the mighty grasshopper? Our abusers derive their power from the mentality of helplessness. Grateful is an unusual, yet fitting term to describe what is happening in our country right now. Grateful are we who are watching the abusers slip up. Grateful are we that violent and sudden usurpations are a frightening possibility. These transgressions have awoken a new movement in liberty, and I am now a voice in that movement.
The time to choose has never been so critical. By choosing complacency, we abdicate control of our liberties. By choosing complacency, we abandon our voice. Complacency is unexpressed permission for trespass.
It is time to choose. Where do you stand? There are no sidelines in this game- only hard lines to be drawn.
The fire of Liberty still burns. Your voice can be the breath that feeds the flames.
Choosing silence extinguishes that flame, leaving us all in eventual darkness.