I can only invoke the words of the great Rev. Martin Luther King, in a speech delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside church in New York. A particular subset of that speech stands out to me today as I see the majority of my fellow countrymen totally ignoring the fact that our Government has passed the National Defense Authorization Act. They have taken another step toward a police state in America, stripping further our rights in the name of defending us from terrorism. I will now quote those immortal words of Doctor King, as they too are as relevant today as they were then when protesting the war in Vietnam.
“The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they
often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on. Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.”
I pray that we can get men and women into Washington soon enough that will be able to reverse the damage that has been done to our country by those who have pledged their allegiance only to the almighty dollar and are proving time and time again that we the people are completely expendable in their eyes.