Sunday, April 02, 2006

Eternal Vigilance

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." This is not just a nice patriotic call to awareness of the public in which we exist. It is a mandate to every person, at all times, to the best of their abilities to measure the activities of both citizens and officials against the yardstick of freedom. It means that you have to do this all the time, always, forever, as long as you live. It is like being grown up and in possession of a conscience. Refering things to one's conscience is second nature; so, what is so difficult about being eternally vigilant?

More to the point, what do you do when you find something going wrong, someone chipping away at your liberties? Do you sit quietly in your home and hope it all goes away? Or, do you talk with neighbors and friends to see if they perceive it the way you do? Do you call your representatives and senators in Congress and tell them about your misgivings? Do you demostrate with like-minded people? Do you take up arms against encroaching despotism?

You must answer these yourself. The editor of The Kansas City Star sees liberties and freedoms crumbling before our eyes. It is time people! You must get off your lazy asses and do something!

JRB

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