October 12, 2014

LIBERTY OR DEATH




To my Fellow Countrymen:  No person thinks more highly than I do about the ability and tenacity of the great people in this Country.  But different people often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not bee seen as politically incorrect if I share my view on the state of things and speak freely and without reserve.  This is no time for partisanship.  The reality facing this country is sobering.  For me, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject should be the freedom of the debate.  It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to ourselves and each other.  Should I hold back my opinions now, through fear of offending, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards free people, and an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of liberty, which I revere above all earthly rulers.

Fellow Free People, it is natural to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are prone to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the spin of media until they transform us into beasts.  Is this what wise people engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty would do?  Are we so inclined to look the other way when our freedom is at stake? For me, whatever anguish it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and and to speak about it.