Don't give up; time for dissent is now

In response to William Zimmerman's letter to the editor ("Obama has won; I've given up the fight," July 13):

Winston Churchill once said, "When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber." I believe this is the crux of America's current predicament. We have grown complacent. I am confident that our government no longer fears the people; however, I do not yet fear the government. Jabbering parrots don't scare me; eagles that turn into chickens do! Our liberties and Constitution are threatened but they still stand! Now is not the time for despair; it is the time for dissent -- which, as the saying goes, is the highest form of patriotism.

In July 1776, 56 men signed a document pledging to one another their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. By signing that document, they also signed their death warrants, risking everything for a vision of a great country. Some lost their lives and many lost their fortunes, but 233 years later their sacred honor still remains.

Where is ours? That so many would rather give up liberty to avoid conflict than fight for what they love is pathetically foolish. "A 'no' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble," said Mohandas Gandhi.)

We must not surrender to the mainstream fascination of a president-king and his vision of a Euro-America. Flood the offices of this government with daily letters of opposition to current policies. Make demands and demand results! Never let them forget for whom they work. Never give up the fight!

As Abraham Lincoln said: "We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."

Amy Peduto

Augusta

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