(Note: matt in a comment, and in a not so subtle way, reminded me that it’s not just the military #resisters who have accomplished great things in the life of American liberty. I have added some examples below: abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, civil rights and the labor movement. Perhaps I’ve left out a few. Is the ‘pussy hat’ movement on a par in advancing liberty in America? You decide.)
To all you brave ‘pussy hat’ wearing patriots, let me show you a few patriots who joined a resistance movement against real enemy threats when it really counted.
And there are other n0n-military #resisters from the past addressing consequential American policies and laws that were contrary to “ … all men are created equal …” Thanks to these #resisters, those policies and laws have been corrected in law and in the Constitution, although not necessarily in the hearts and minds of everyone.
And then there is the labor movement.
A reminder, or maybe a news flash to some, about those #Resisters you see above …
These folks #resisted true tyrants, true fascists, true Communists during that terrible time we look back on as the 20th century. Those Communists some of you seem to pine and long over … they killed something on the order of 100 million people, most of them their own fellow citizens.
The descendants of those folks you see above, … our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters … our friends — stepping up in their own #Resist movement represent something on the order of 1 or 2 percent of our population. Their purpose in #Resisting? To protect you and me in todays still dangerous world.
You may not realize or appreciate, but of the 100 to 110 billion people that have ever lived on this earth, anywhere and at any time, only a small sliver of perhaps some 4 to 5% have ever lived in what we today enjoy as a free society. Further, most of those 4-5% have lived in this United States of America, or those nations who have modeled their national political life after the American model of “We the People … “
I for one am immensely grateful for those in our past and to those now serving in our military … the #Resistance. As a US Navy slogan puts it … “A Global Force For Good”
I said it as a young 20 year old sailor in 1964, and I’ll say it again now.
“I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
And I don’t agree with much of what is said in the “resisting” rhetoric on display, and certainly not in the many extra/anti-Constitutional methods employed, but I do support your Constitutional right to say your piece and assemble and petition our government.
A final bit of advice. Aim your protests in words and ways that stand shoulder to shoulder beside our founding fathers who gave us the privilege of being among that 4-5% living in freedom.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” Ronald Reagan
Be among those who keep us from falling into that 95-96% that President Reagan warned about.
Don Johnson — March 2017