I could come down on either side of this discussion with equal ease. Which endangers our Republic more, those who shout and will not be silent, or those who are silent and will not speak? If Edmund Burke is correct, when good men remain silent, evil triumphs by default. Perhaps we are beginning to see that reality come o pass in America. When the streets are filled with demonstrators, or halls of government are packed with protestors, it seems that invariably it is the angry, the bitter, and the hateful who occupy their ranks.
I will not stoop to reduce the rights of those with whom I disagree, but I cannot remain silent in the face of unbridled evil. I still remember the first line we had to learn to type in 9th grade. Over and over and over again we drilled it every day. “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Truer today than it ever has been before.
What good thing can you think of to say today about the nation? What kindness can you speak to someone who really needs it? What positive change can you promote within your circle of influence? If all the people who are able to answer those questions would just act on those answers, this world would be a different sort of place very soon.
Will you continue to exemplify Simon and Garfunkel with your ” Sounds of Silence” or will you be a Le Greenwood who is “Proud to stand up” next to your neighbor and cry out for liberty, freedom, and all that is good about the blessed land?