In talking about the threat to our constitutional rights in the last few months, I have come across a surprising number of people who are afraid to speak out against a government they don't agree with. They don't want to attract negative attention.
By virtue of that statement, these very people are confirming that there is a problem!
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -Article 3, Bill of Rights
If you realize there is a problem, if you are afraid of people noticing you because you speak out, doesn't it just make sense to speak out? Don't you WANT to conquer and prevent this type of fear?
Ask yourself why you are afraid? Do you fear giving up what's comfortable? Thomas Paine said, "The more men have to lose, the less willing are they to venture. The rich are in general slaves to fear, and submit to courtly power with the trembling duplicity of a spaniel."
As I said in my last post, fighting for freedom is radical and dangerous. But imagine where (or even what) we would be today if the American Colonists had not adopted radical views 200 years ago. There would probably be no such place as the United States of America. Ask yourself, how important is your country to you? James Madison said, "[E]very man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it."
Now ask yourself, will you be willing to accept blame when your country turns into something you don't recognize because you were afraid to speak out?
Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! – Thomas Paine
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