Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.

— Michael Rivero

This is an outstanding quote, taken from an ATS member (who was quoting Mr. Rivero).

Earlier today I was explaining my viewpoint that there is no moral dilemma for a soldier.  Being given immoral or unlawful orders is to be acted on.  The duty to act is greater than the oaths taken when consigned to service, and not taking this responsibility is cowardice.

I have not served, to my own shame.  So I cannot opine on anything, really, about the life of a soldier, or the cycle of warfare.  I can, however, demand the highest moral conduct.  That my nation is represented in a positive manner.  I know that it isn’t, and I know that civilian leadership is mostly to blame (along with the CIA and other intelligence agencies).  But of all the pity I take on a soldier, pity for the moral dilemma is not one of them.

Freedom and liberty is a right.  It is endowed to us by our Creator, by the fact that we exist.  The freedom to choose what to do with ones self, to move, to eat/sleep/drink…our basic natural rights.  Many of these rights have been interfered with or suspended, presumably for safety (that is what we are told).  Instead of being angry about it, most of us accept excuses and begrudgingly move on  The TSA “grope and rope” is a fine example.

How much longer will our nation accept each others cowardice?  There is lots of talk, rich with hyperbole, across the internet.  We hear about the simmering rage in the US.  But nothing happens.  Most of the world supports the American people, and would fully support an all out revolution.  Often, I hear “What the hell are you Americans waiting for?  Have you no spine?  You keep talking about your government being evil…why give silent consent?”

I can neither defend it, or explain it.  I don’t support anything like an armed revolt (at least not without other measures first).  But I do wonder how long it would take for the average person to give up and realize that the status quo is destroying our nation, and harming our global neighbors.  That our silent consent makes us complicit in whatever evils are perpetrated under our flag.

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