By Eric Utter
The U.S. Capitol building has been an iconic symbol of democracy for well over two hundred years, much like the U.S. itself. It remained so through the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and too many lesser crises to count, all while remaining largely accessible to the citizens whose interests those who work there are supposed to represent. However, this Independence Day finds the Capitol off-limits to all but a select few. Our elite overseers can’t be expected to open themselves up to a possible “insurrection,” can they? Sad.
The tragic events of the past year and a half, and our “representatives'” reaction to them, as well as our own response, have left me wondering what the Founders and other astute political observers might say to us now if they had the chance. Then I realized they would say pretty much what they said back then. Here are some of the most profound, universal — and yet timely — words of wisdom ever uttered with regard to societies, governments, and freedom:
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin. COVID-19?
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin. Sound familiar? I wonder what Franklin’s preferred pronouns were.
“For true patriots to be silent, is dangerous.” —Samuel Adams.
“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” —Thomas Jefferson. MORE