By Rod Eccles
Today is Veterans Day, 2015 and I thank all those who have served and who are still serving in our nation’s Military and Coast Guard. There is no greater calling than to be willing to put your very life on the line so that those you love, your neighbors, and your co-workers back home can go about their day in peace and security.
Security. That is the key word because we are now a nation that mimics dictatorial nations of history. Our government is constantly telling us “if you see something, say something”. That statement, of course, means to report your neighbor, your brother, or your mother to the state authorities.
Now we have the Missouri University Police issuing an email to all the students, after the massive protest that caused the University President and Chancellor to resign, asking that if they hear or see anyone on campus that uses “hate speech” of any kind to report it. I am going to tell you something controversial and that is all of our government officials, the police, all the safety personnel of the nation have it right. BUT, they have it backwards.
You see in a free society, you don’t go telling on your neighbor, your classmate, or your family member when they say something you may not agree with. You don’t dial 911 when someone hurts your feelings or expresses and opinion that totally ticks you off. Actually you embrace them. Yes, I said embrace them.
Just as you express your opinions, they get to express theirs. You may not see eye to eye, but that is what makes a society much better, stronger, and tighter. Sure there are things that are dangerous and need to be reported but the very notion that when someone expresses themselves and you call the police because you do not like what they say is even more dangerous.
While you are dialing the police on someone for what they said to you, they are dialing the police for what you said to them. See how that works? Instead, you should feel free to express yourself by telling people how you feel, what you think, and what you believe.
Let the whole world know that you are a human being, a child of God and that you have a right to express your opinions and thoughts. You do have a right to demonstrate peacefully to help get your point across. Take a page from the left of this nation because they constantly say something. We on the right often disagree with them, but they state what they think and feel often and loudly. The left often gets what they want to one degree or another because they get the point of saying something so we could eventually see it.
We on the right did that once and it shocked the nation and it was called the TEA Party Movement. It ushered in a wave of Republicans all over the country. It got elected Democrats booted from office starting at the local level and going all the way to the federal level to the tune of more than 1300 seats across this nation.
That is because those on the right finally said something, and then they saw something happen but then we went silent while the left kept screaming, yelling, and protesting. If we are not careful, they will get all the attention and will soon see a reversal of all that fortune of ours. We will begin to see a change that we don’t want.
So to keep your freedom that all of those veterans fought so hard to secure you have to speak up. You have to say something. You have to say it often and you have to say it loud. If you don’t then you won’t see a free nation. So I say to you, I speak loudly to you, PLEASE Say Something and then you will See Something Happen.