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January 23, 2020

A Man Dies When He Refuses To Stand Up

Cindy A. Rose

Although Martin Luther King, Jr. never said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” he did say “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.  A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.  A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” 

Nothing is truer, more just and right than standing up to protect and defend your rights as conveyed to you upon birth by Almighty God and codified in the United States Constitution.  You have the right to defend yourself, your home and your family.  You have the right not to be at the mercy of others for that protection.  You have the right not to wait for others who may come too late, or not at all.

For thousands of American’s that day was January 20, 2020, the place was Richmond, Virginia.

As I wrote previously, 6th Congressional District candidate Kevin Caldwell took a bus of like-minded defenders of freedom to Virginia to stand in solidarity of others just like them. 

I asked Mr. Caldwell if he could share what he got out of his trip.  His response, “The most significant effect it had on me was the comradery of being with those who share the same values. I think we all have felt pushed around, abused and forgotten.  It is an empowering experience to realize you are not alone and many others share a similar experience and are motivated to affect change along with you.” He continued, “I had not one bit of anger in my heart after attending just the joy of the experience.  We were able to demonstrate that we believe “we must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.””

When I asked him about the atmosphere, “The mood of the entire crowd was one of joy and purpose. Everyone was so polite; even law enforcement was smiling, talking and shaking hands with people. There was not one bit of hate or hostility that I felt in any way. Even with the large crowd, people were stepping aside to allow people to pass.  There was no pushing and shoving. It was a large community get together. It just happens to be that a vast majority were armed. That may have been why it was so peaceful.”

If one listened to the pundit class, where citizens are armed, there is always violence.  Those who defend their right to carry firearms have always held firm to the belief, it isn’t the gun, it’s the person carrying in the gun.  The peaceful protest in Virginia bears that out.  Not a shot fired, not a person arrested for violence.

I asked Mr. Caldwell if he thought their presence would change the minds of the Virginia legislators.

“I guess we will see. It will take a prolonged sustained effort just like this around the country to affect any real change in the hearts and minds of our legislators.” he said.  “I think a more significant effect may be the one it might have had on our fellow citizens looking in from the outside. Too many of us don’t participate because it seems like we cannot affect the outcome, but when you see large groups of your fellow citizens standing up, well, maybe it just might encourage others to do the same.”  I hope he’s right.

Some unexpected things happened while he was there.  He ended up with an opportunity to lead the rally.  Leading thousands of citizens in America the Beautiful and The Pledge of Allegiance.  He said was an “enjoyable” and “beautiful” experience.  He added “That day we all had a dream that we could come together as free men and women to peacefully protest our government.”  He said it was proof that “freedom and peace can walk hand in hand.”

I’ll leave you with his parting words to ponder; “no experience on earth equals the experience of living free, even if only for a moment.”

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