Who Are We That Tend This Liberty Tree ?Submitted by Steadfast on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 22:40
WHO ARE WE THAT TEND THIS LIBERTY TREE.
My Fellows in Liberty;
Dearly beloved, fellows of the Paul; we stand at a crossroads though I'm not sure all are aware of it. And no I'm not speaking about the crisis we see exploding in the theatre politic, but rather I'm speaking directly to this forum.
We seem to have been presented a choice that liberty says should never have been presented in the first place. A choice to speak and be removed because of our speaking, or to remain silent and in so doing chose the side of cowardice by rote.
For a surety there are methods of communicating that are more constructive than others, but irrespective of the topic ALL should be heard. For one can not choose properly their position upon a thing untill all the facts are brought into the light, doing otherwise is both presumptuous as well as foolhardy. Facts are a fickle thing, they are rarely acceptable to everyone who knows them, facts it seems are suffered by bias.
Is it unreasonable to assume from history that those whom we Libertarians hold in highest regards, our Founding Fathers; had amongst themselves bias's as well? That they too had to work around personalities towards a common singularity of purpose? If they had removed from themselves based upon bias, voices that differed from the majority, or the political expedient , who then would have AUTHORED liberty in the first place !?
Where else on the web has there ever been a more liberty minded place where folks all unique yet bonded together IN liberties defense gathered together daily, to discuss issues, both easy and hard amongst themselves. Where else is there where enlightened illuminate those who are just awakening, where those more awake rise more fully aware, where encouragement, and compassionate empathy abound freely given, freely returned? Let me, a man who's reached the end of this Internet twice so tell you, nowhere else is liberty so free, nowhere else is discussion and welcome so real, nowhere else is the tree of liberty so well tended, for if it exists I have never found it.
We can not, must not allow our personal bias, our refusal to acknowledge, our hurt feelings to rule us, to govern whom goes, whom stays , and most of all to whom we shall heed. For God uses the unwise things to confound the wise of this earth, and the person I ignore is the one through whom He will speak, to humble me.
People who decide that a discussion is anathema to themselves should abjure themselves from it, but by no means should they silence the voice of those who which they disagree. This is America, where everyone has the inalienable right to be as wrong as they each so shall choose to be. And an America, and a DP that excises voices in dissent is NOT FREE, and has become that which was strove against under martial arms against in the first place , a petty tyranny.
Let us not give heed to petty tyrants, rather let us each examine ourselves for such behaviors, such untenable bias's, and remove them from our own lives lest by Inattention to the government of ourselves first, we become unable by reason of unworthiness to tend this liberty tree.
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