Back on March 23, 1775 a diary by Patrick Henry almost made it to the top of the recommended list at Ye Olde My/FDL. Because of fair use rules, I can’t post the whole thing, so I’ll post the most pertinent excerpt from it.
Patrick Henry . . .
They tell us Sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Here in 2013, our enemies don’t have to bind us hand and foot.
That’s Obama’s job.
And he knows it is, and he’s doing it.
While “Democrats” in Congress are gathering strength by irresolution and inaction, while the clap louder people at that famous reality community are acquiring the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on their backs as they hug that delusive phantom of hope in the White House, voices of resistance can still be heard, and the anthems of justice are still being sung.
Frederick Douglass . . .
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
The corporate CEO’s and the Pentagon war machine and the NSA and the Wall Street bankers and the politicians they own keep inflicting injustice and wrong across this country to see what Americans will quietly submit to, and the more injustice and wrong we submit to, the more injustice and wrong they will impose on us.
They call it capitalism, they call it investment banking, they call it national security, they call it free trade, they call it CAFTA and NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
I call it what it is. Fascism.
William Lloyd Garrison . . .
I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice. I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.
Be as harsh as truth, MyFDL. Be as uncompromising as justice. Do not equivocate. Do not excuse. Do not retreat a single inch. We will be heard.
Bobby Kennedy . . .
It is not enough to allow dissent. We must demand it. For there is much to dissent from. We dissent from the monstrous absurdity of a world where nations stand poised to destroy one another, and men must kill their fellow men. We dissent from the sight of most of mankind living in poverty, stricken by disease, threatened by hunger and doomed to an early death after a life of unremitting labor. We dissent from cities which blunt our senses and turn the ordinary acts of daily life into a painful struggle. We dissent from the willful, heedless destruction of natural pleasure and beauty. We dissent from all those structures-of technology and of society itself-which strip from the individual the dignity and warmth of sharing in the common tasks of his community and his country.
Conditions were bad enough in 1968 when Bobby Kennedy gave that speech, but in this day and age, our entire political system is a monstrous absurdity, our economic system is a monstrous absurdity, our banking system is a monstrous absurdity, the corporate media is a monstrous absurdity. We have government of the monstrous absurdities, by the monstrous absurdities, and for the monstrous absurdities. Other than that, all is well.
Why do we keep resisting? Why do we keep speaking truth to power?
Ted Kennedy told us why . . .
For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.
A new voice is being heard across Massachusetts, a new voice is being heard across America. Elizabeth Warren . . .
People feel like the system is rigged against them, and here is the painful part, they’re right. The system is rigged.
Look around. Oil companies guzzle down the billions in profits. Billionaires pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries, and Wall Street CEOs, the same ones the direct our economy and destroyed millions of jobs still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. Does anyone here have a problem with that?
I have a problem with that. You have a problem with that. The earth itself has a problem with that. Everyone has a problem with that except the One-Percent and the two-party-system politicians who guard their bank vaults for them and call it democracy.
I know there’s a sign on the wall, and I know what it says; I know there are rings of smoke through the trees, and I know what it means. The shadows get longer everyday, and my spirit is crying for leaving. It’s not the only one, you can hear the spirits of millions crying from Egypt to drug-war-ravaged Mexico to Fracking America Incorporated to the radiated coast of Japan. I hope the Powers-That-Be are proud of themselves.
Don’t give up. Be as harsh as truth. Be as uncompromising as justice. Do not equivocate. Do not excuse. Do not retreat a single inch. It won’t be tomorrow, it won’t be the next day, but a new day will dawn, for those who stand long . . .