Doing nothing is the bigger risk when freedom is at stake

Being terrified about having a wannabe dictator sitting in the Oval Office is understandable right now.

Well over 200,000 people have died during the coronavirus pandemic on our acting president’s watch because he is incompetent and he doesn’t care. He continues to ignore ongoing Russian meddling in our politics and V. Putin’s payment of bounties to reward killers of U.S. troops. The election is a few weeks away, and he toys with the notion of remaining in power despite voters’ decisions.

If you’ve been paying attention, you can rattle off dozens if not hundreds of other reasons for fear and outrage.

Terror is a weapon in this impeached, would-be despot’s arsenal – along with intimidation, lies, obstruction of justice, fear-mongering, financial fraud and numerous other high crimes and misdemeanors – but that doesn’t mean declaring ourselves “terrified” on social media or anywhere else is helpful.

As frightened, disgusted and outraged as you may be, I encourage you all to focus on being determined rather than terrified.

Be determined to stop the assault on our freedom.

Be determined to vote and to get others to vote.

Take to the streets in active, peaceful protest if that is something you can do. Keep your eyes wide open and decide where, when and how you can be most effective. The stakes are high.

Yes, doing something can be risky. Doing nothing is the bigger risk.

B.J.

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