Freedom Fatigue: A New Year's Resolution

Freedom is not a spectator sport.

The acquisition, protection, and the maintenance of freedom requires constant and continuous vigilance and unwavering diligence.

Complacency and passivity cannot be tolerated in the never-ending struggle against tyranny and despotism.

It is the full throated and robust exercise of the rights which are accorded within the framework and context of freedom that keeps a free society strong enough to defend itself against the forces of repression and oppression.

A threat, attack, or limitation against the freedom of anyone or any component of a free society, is a threat, attack, or limitation against the whole of that society.

There appears to be a significant percentage of the populace who seem to have grown weary of the fight to secure and protect the freedom of others.

Whether the freedom is manifest in the human rights of refugees in foreign lands, or at our borders. Or, the civil rights of citizens whose vulnerability to economic exploitation and political abuse is well documented and a matter of long standing public record, far too many of us are mired in the thrall of indifference, or benign neglect.

Then, there is that segment of the population which is openly and actively hostile to the fundamental democratic principle and tenet that we are equals as human beings and as citizens of this nation. There are those among us for whom the flame of the egalitarian impulse and reflex of the American Revolution has grown dim or simply gone out.

This segment of the population is ready to capitulate and cede their right to be free of the yoke of autocratic oppression. The clear, convincing, and incontrovertible evidence of this lies in their willingness to forfeit the rights and freedom of others...

Their lethargy and apathy is the real threat to our national security...

They choose not to realize that giving up the fight for the rights and freedom of others dooms them to the loss of their own...

Freedom fatigue can result in an illusion or mirage which causes the belief that you can secure your own rights and freedom while denying the same and equal rights and freedom to others...

In the final analysis, if we are not careful and don't double down on our vigilance and diligence, this freedom fatigue can and will make prisoners of us all....

Let us, therefor, resolve to become and remain vigilant and diligent in the fight to remain a free people by openly and actively engaging in the fight to secure, protect, and defend the freedom and human and civil rights of others, with the knowledge that in so doing, we are engaged in the struggle to protect and defend our own.

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Comment by Ron Powell on January 1, 2019 at 10:02am

Failure in this endeavor is not an option!

Comment by Tom Cordle on January 1, 2019 at 11:27am

In a previous comment, I used the term "political sloth" to describe the behavior of those who, like their patron saint DJT, "think" with their bilious gut; that is to say, people who act on impulse and emotion and vote without bothering to inform themselves in the least about the issues and the candidates. I have said it here and elsewhere repeatedly:

Democracy cannot survive both ignorance and indifference.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 1, 2019 at 1:06pm

"Let us, therefor, resolve to become and remain vigilant and diligent in the fight to remain a free people by openly and actively engaging in the fight to secure, protect, and defend the freedom and human and civil rights of others"

I will, just not here. 

I've spent literally years being ignored, insulted, banned and boycotted (not to mention routinely being called anti-semite and I'm sure "goy bitch" under their breath).  That is why I and my "diligent fight" will, instead, be working on community organizing and voter turn out programs to try to defeat not just the GOP fascists, but the smug neoliberal, pro-Zionist, elitist, "Demopublicans" that hold so much sway here and elsewhere.

Call it "freedom fatigue" if you like, but I can't see putting down words here that purposely get ignored or are demeaned by virtually everyone here but a very select few.  I've got too many other tangible goals to accomplish to waste my time here any longer.

Comment by Ron Powell on January 1, 2019 at 2:13pm

"Call it "freedom fatigue" if you like, but I can't see putting down words here that purposely get ignored or are demeaned by virtually everyone here but a very select few.  I've got too many other tangible goals to accomplish to waste my time here any longer."

You get no argument from me...

I believe you've put your finger on what's behind the lack of participants and participation here...

Comment by moki ikom on January 1, 2019 at 3:00pm

Call it Freedom Fatigue if you want, but really?  This corporatist representative mockery of democracy is Freedom?  Quite a mock-worthy claim, to the point that mockery may prove your point, our Free2BDumb are minority in this country and they elected Trump their leader.  I don't see that Free2BDumb Fatigue is a current phenomenon.  To be sure, it is not our free-to-be-dumb minority of citizens who are fatigued with themselves or with their great leader who seeks to reward them with fascist policies and apartheid walls from catastrophic blowback of our worldwide misadventures, venture$ perpetrating crimes against humanity. 

Being as our political condition in this country is one of Free2BDumb vs. the not free-to-be-dumb, it's not clear to me that the latter among us are never so fatigued with America's FreeDumb as we are tactfully and strategically taking a breather in the struggle we were born into, trying to figure out when again and how is going to be the best way to better educate our free-to-be dumb.  A more true democracy of the people, by the people and for the people can afford a citizenry less susceptible to being morally and fiscally challenged by a FreeDumb minority.

If it starts at all, it'll probably start with a single state experimenting with comprehensive electronic enfranchisement  of its electorate at the expense of the political power of the state's elected representative legislatures.  If in that case we, a majority, get fatigued by participatory democracy then I agree we deserve no better a democracy than the one our corporatUSt$ scheme to perpetuate upon us.

Comment by Robert B. James on January 1, 2019 at 3:12pm

        It’s all I know, really. How to get back up from a smack down. I’m expert. A fascist is a fascist. Some kill ya and some leave you to die a slow painful death. They hide and call shots. I’m grateful they broke me instead of killing me. That was then. Now? This is not then. Us profane, dissenters, oddballs...those of us who wobble to that non PC drummer , imperfect, and now terribly out of fashion old folk; we tired. I’m tired. (And I’m getting hungry too...) 

         I’m on the side that says we all get home safe tonight. The only thing that gets hurt on my watch are feelings. I’m done. I’m done taking cheap shots for no pay. I’m done proving my stuff to a new bunch of hot shots who were dead before they didn’t take their hats off when coming in to my work space to act like all that. 

         I’m done. What happens next is not up to me. My side? There ain’t no money in it. There ain’t no money in peace. There ain’t no money in compassion. There ain’t no money in getting home safe. It’s got to bleed to lead. 

          Fight violence with more violence? Fight hate with more hate? That’s big bucks! I’m out...I’m not fighting fascism, I’m living with fascism and teaching something else, but not half as much as I used to. 

           I see the hate...people look right at me and assume that my face and clothes are the cause of thier suffering. They have never met me. And then others greet me warmly, assuming that I hate who they hate...because of my face and clothes. They also, have never met me. I’m done. And it’s not just strangers...I’ve got family who are just as fascist as the next guy. They voted for Clinton. 

            You know why we can’t all just get along? Because there ain’t no money in it. It’s just business, no hard feelings, right? My feelings do get hurt, and I get home safely poorer and older than when I went to work. I suck it up, rest, and do it again. This is the work...if you can’t deal with hate and ignorance face to face without losing your shit then stay the fuck home. I am, twice as much as I used too. 

             

Comment by alsoknownas on January 1, 2019 at 4:15pm

I like this piece.

It's not a time for crocodile tears, self-pity and misdirection.

We get that by the hour from the White House. 

Maybe things can improve.

Comment by Maui Surfer on January 2, 2019 at 9:46am

I call it what Chuck D does- FEAR OF A BLACK PLANET

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