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Silence Really Is The Voice of Complicity

ElizabethWarren

Elizabeth Warren

 

There’s a history of demagogues calling those they disagree with “terrorists” and using that as justification for intimidation and violence – and that history is ugly and dangerous. There’s also a history of people staying quiet for too long, hoping for the best but watching silently as the threat metastasizes. Donald Trump is a bigger, uglier threat every day that goes by – and it’s time for decent people everywhere – Republican, Democrat, Independent – to say No More Donald. There’s no virtue in silence.

 

Warren echoes the view of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many believe that the nation is in a retrogressive fit of racial hysteria that can only lead to blood on the street.  Trump seems to invite that feeling of inevitability.  I look into the eyes of everyday people and I see fear of the unknown, not preparation for race war.  The 2016 election will go down in history at the edge of reason, as the era that ushered in renewed national commitment to all we hold dear.  Decent people everywhere will make sure of that, no matter who sits in the white house.  The political revolution that Bernie Sanders advocates has already begun.

 

Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Written 16 April 1963, describes the tragic misconception of time.

[There is a] strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

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