I am one of “those people”. You know the people I mean. The gutless wonders who stay hidden behind the safety of their monitors and keyboards, the lazy sloths who prefer to lament the loss of liberty from the comfort of home rather than step out in the open to make their voices heard. I am one of “those people” who never accepts the invitation to show up.
There are a lot of us out here. We watch and wait in wonder, never understanding why our countrymen are not out in the streets marching against all that is corrupt and wrong in government. I applauded the youth involved in the Arab Spring and the Brazilians for protesting against frivolous government expenditures. I watched Malala Yousafzai deliver a passionate and courageous speech at the United Nations and I was struck by her ferocious refusal to relinquish her beliefs. I know why I am an armchair protester. I am fearful.
I’ve been cognizant of my deficiencies for a few years. We have worked so hard for the little bit that we have that I am afraid if I add my voice to public dissent, and protest in broad daylight where I will be seen, I will jeopardize our livelihood, and with it the livelihoods of the people who are working with us, relying on us for a paycheck and the meager shelter and sustenance it supports. Better men, than I, are equally fearful.
Marty Kaplan discussed the alarming trend of media distraction on Moyers & Company. David Gregory revealed himself to be nothing more than a mouthpiece for GE’s corporate personhood when he suggested that Glenn Greenwald was somehow complicit in alleged criminal behavior in the Edward Snowden revelations.
Our local early morning news has a multi-demonination faith segment each day. This morning the message was for support of the working poor, the parents who are working several minimum wage jobs trying to support their families. I know “those people” too. They are the people who live in my community. They’re working to the point of exhaustion so they can’t show up. It’s up to me and maybe it’s up to you too.
The only thing I have to lose is self-respect.