Monday, June 28, 2010

How much will you endure?

"The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters."
-- Frederick Douglass


Who is or was Frederick Douglas?  He was an escaped slave, who later became an Abolitionist, an author, and the editor of the North Star and later the New National Era
These penetrating words were spoken by him in an address on West India Emancipation (4 August 1857)


But these were not words taken out of context.  Not did he only preach about freedom on one occasion.  Frederick Douglas was outspoken and a fine orator.  He had been a slave, who understood a thing or two about being just out of arms reach of freedom.  Educating himself and arming himself with the Constitution of the United States of America, he set out to boldly proclaim the rights of all men, and women, regardless of color.  I have read but a little of what he has written and he understands what freedom is much better than any man in Washington today, save a choice few whose voices are muzzled or ignored.


These are the words I want to hear out of my President and our elected leaders collective mouths.  If they will not be heard uttered from those presently in office, let us replace them with those who really and truly want to be a voice "OF THE PEOPLE"!


"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress." Frederick Douglas


-SO HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO ENDURE?!

2 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

These are good words - thank you for posting them here.

I'll be posting the final quote on my site in the morning, with a link back to your post.

Armed US Citizen said...

Thank you Rev. Too many people just do not understand what they have lost and what they have still yet to lose. If we are not careful, we will wake up when it will be too late. That will be on all of our heads if we do not stand up now.

I look forward to reading your post.

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