23 November 2007

Heller Requires Participation, Not Mere Observation

Ready Line contributor Jude Cuddy, author of the "My View From Behind The Berm" essays, has a few thoughts on District of Columbia v. Heller . . .

William Shakespeare wrote:

"There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads to fortune:

Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in the shallows and in miseries…

And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures."


The above was quoted by Abigail Adams in a letter to John Adams during the trying times of our early Republic, when there was constant debate among British subjects (our forefathers) about the timing of announcing their intent to form an American nation. Basically, the issue was speak now or forever hold your peace. "Carpe Diem".

This case is a watershed. It will either reaffirm the Constitution - and the foundation of our Republic - or sadly be the beginning of the end. Should we prevail, we must not expect any wholesale refutation of existing laws already on the books. Perhaps the best long-term outcome would be the cessation of yet more feebly executed restrictions.

Either way, I don't plan on watching, but participating. We must infuse into others that this is no longer a spectator sport. Observing on the sidelines or allowing others to do ones' bidding is no longer an option. If we are not willing to defend or fight for liberty then we cannot expect it to remain a force in our lives.

Semper Fidelis,

Amen, Brother.

1 comment:

Dollbett said...

As usual, well said Mr. Cuddy. And I too plan to stand along side you on the front line fighting for that liberty.