Letter: Silent no longer
Some friends asked why I hadn’t written to the Monitor in some while. At first, I joked that I was in recovery from my letter-writing addiction. I then realized the truth that I had grown complacent.
The election is over and November of 2014 still seems far off. How do you write anything when the stalemate in Washington has been so effective that we can’t pass the simplest legislation?
The government rarely responds without sustained pressure from the public. The opposition to the Vietnam War was fueled by the draft. The civil rights movement was fueled by lynchings and protesters being attacked with firehouses.
The inaction in Congress has led to words of protest but little action. Recently, a man who lost his daughter to gun violence was shouted down in New Hampshire while reading the names of victims. If this doesn’t motivate so-called progressives, what can?
Shall we accept the death of political activism in America or shall we march until endless war, social violence and economic injustice are defeated?