Remember the Alamo! Give me liberty or give me death! Nevertheless, she persisted.
Nevertheless, she persisted…. No one thinks more highly than I do of the laws of our land. We have fought and thought long and hard to create and then defend them. Rules of conduct in our institutions and our society are both binding agents and social lubricant, the tools through which we hold back chaos and achieve the meeting of minds. They help us function and to innovate. But different people often see the same subject in different lights and my opinion differs from the current powers running– and ruining– our democracy. This is no time for ceremony, for lady-like manners, for hesitation in the face of institutional bullying, because our rights are disappearing daily and the time to speak may be running out. For my own part, I consider this latest stifling of speech as nothing less than a gauntlet used to slap us in the face; they would deny us the freedom of debating our ideas.
I do not care for turmoil, but if I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense to those who do not agree me, I would be guilty of both failing my country, and disloyalty to my sex. Because this is the question women are being forced to ask again– Are we all equal? Do we have the right to express our opinion everywhere– including in the House and Senate? Apparently, there are people in our government who don’t think so. They would regulate our bodies, our minds, our speech.
This a quote from Elizabeth Warren: “This was Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republicans in the Senate, deciding that Coretta’s Scott’s King’s eloquent argument is so offensive on its face that it is unfit to be heard or read on the floor of the United States Senate…and they should go ahead toward Sessions’ nomination vote despite the civil rights and racism concerns about him because Coretta Scott King’s words have been — shut up.”
Do you recognize the pictures above? You should. If you are an American. If you believe in human rights. Because, in spite of being warned, nevertheless, they persisted– and we owe them a debt which includes a spirited defence of rights and liberties for everyone.