The Hope Is in YOU
Aug 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM
Another chance has been engaged
To throw Thoreau and rearrange.
— R.E.M. Finest Worksong
Edward Snowden is unequivocally and unquestionably an American hero. Period.
Anyone who argues otherwise is a throwback to the Loyalists. Period.
He risked absolutely everything, including his very life, to inform the American people that their government is committing crimes against them that are so egregious, they would have made King George III blush. But the point is being lost among his detractors and his supporters alike. Edward Snowden has proved one thing so monumental, so absolutely essential to the fight for liberty that it cannot be ignored or overshadowed by sophomoric tribalism.
Edward Snowden is a kid. Just a few years older than me. He’s just one guy. Yet he changed the entire world." title="<--break-->" class="mceItem">
Think about that for a second. One man, with a resolve as steeled as those who also risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence, changed the world we live in.
One man. He willingly gave up an easy life of luxury. A beautiful girlfriend. The American Dream. He did all of this, and is still in danger of losing his life every single day. He risked his life, liberty, and sacred honor to uphold those principles Americans were once willing to give their very lives for.
And he succeeded.
He single-handedly caused two hardened War Pigs to consider Presidential runs to combat rising feelings of liberty. He single-handedly caused multiple international crises that have exposed the United States for the lawless, playground bully that it is. He singlehandedly forced votes on the issue in the House of Representatives. He single-handedly caused a global discussion. He single-handedly made the most powerful man in the history of the world explain his actions and change his schedule to address the matter.
One man did all this. Just one.
“Take your instinct by the reins
Your better best to rearrange
What we want and what we need
Has been confused, been confused”
Individuals can change the world. If you’re like me, you battle with constant bouts of severe pessimism and despair because it seems that the battle for liberty only goes in one direction – the wrong one. But it’s world-shattering events like these that can give us hope. We can change things. But it requires doing.
It requires a willingness to forsake the easy road. It requires a determination to follow a moral and ethical code that is as tough as a Sherman tank. It requires the unshakable commitment to liberty.
Of course, we are not all in the same position. But if just one man can do all this, what can we all do together?
The Patriots who threw off the British Crown were a minority. These movements usually are, because liberty is inherently unpopular. Just the same, if we can get our act together, sacrifice the frivolous, and work toward liberty, the sky is the limit.
One man can change the world. What can a million of us accomplish?
This is your finest hour.
Amplify what they can’t defy.
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