Comment: You will be a speed bump

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You will be a speed bump

You can throw yourself on the treads of the tank, you can go out in a blaze of glory, you can martyr yourself as your motives a spun and corrupted by a compliant press and your memory is lost to all but those your inspire. That is your choice...it leads to an early death, though in the meantime you may live fully and freely.

When the government was smaller and less intrusive, when the people had the opportunity to fight government overreach and win, the People were silent and accepting. That time is long gone. Today, with the government reaching into every nook and cranny of our lives, with overwhelming force at its' disposal, and a cowed populace unwilling to even admit they are cowed, a full defiance of government power will not result in the rolling back of their intrusions.

Your decision to confront and defy is admirable. But if you believe that you will win anything in the process, then you are mistaken. You will be a speed bump. You may inspire, but you won't win. That's just reality.

We are all grappling with the best way to stop the State. Some propose that we work within. Some say we need to live in the shadows. Some, like you, say we must rise up and defy, defy, defy. We each have our own approach, none of which is guaranteed to succeed. Nothing good can come from disparaging remarks about the paths that different people choose to follow to reach a freer country. They only serve to undermine effort.

Rising up when there is certainty of failure is the action of a person without hope, and who has given up on the future. I do not condemn such a move, and I hope I never become so jaded that I see no choice but self immolation. I realize that day may come.