These days, it seems that people hang back when they are challenged to do what is right.
Often times when one feels compelled to speak out against something, typically, they might stand alone.
Talk anyway. That’s what I say. If you don’t…it won’t get said.
There are a lot of reasons why people won’t speak out against something or someone–even if they know the act to be wrong:
- Fear of retribution
- Fear of being ostracized
- Fear of being harmed physically, financially or socially
- They don’t have the strength to face the criticism
The first five I understand, but the last one I despise. You see…it is cowardice that has this country turned upside down.
In recent news, we have a this guy named Eric Snowden who blew the whistle on the government exposing his knowledge of Americans having their phone conversations tapped or investigated. He’s been on the run for weeks. Is he a traitor?
Then there was the Wiki Leakes Whistle blower situation-its founder Julian Assange for publishing U.S. Military documents and diplomatic information.
Is this right?
Americans typically understand the nature of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and such, but there are those who want to silence individuals when they act upon those rights to the detriment of the powers that be.
The Paula Deen controversy of using the N-Word was exposed after information from an upcoming discrimination case against her and her brother was leaked by a former employee(s).
Is it the responsibility of us all to be watchdogs?
I say, yes. Only if truth is the absolute motivator.