A funny thing happens to a battered victim of abuse just before they reach for unhealthy coping mechanisms: they give up the fight. It sometimes happens incrementally, sometimes all at once, but either way, the precursor to unhealthy coping mechanisms is the same: defeat. America, this big, beautiful country, reminds me of this battered victim right now.
I know, I know, it’s blasphemous to over-associate, especially because I’m suggesting that America is anything but brave and strong. Hear me out: I do not argue that America isn’t brave and strong — abuse victims are often brave if given the opportunity and strong enough to withstand horrendous mistreatment. Neither do I mean to take away from the horrors abuse victims suffer at the hands of their abusers. But I do mean to draw some important comparisons in order to make a larger point about where our convictions should lie as a country right now. Join me, if you will, on this somewhat analogical walk to a call to arms.
Exposing Corruption Staves Off Future Corruption
James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas and guerrilla journalist, released a video from Washington D.C. stating that he received many messages of hopelessness about the ability to fight corruption in our government. As an Irish-American girl myself, I appreciate an angry American Irishman hell-bent on the pursuit of the truth.
O’Keefe goes on to suggest the importance of exposing corruption in order to maintain freedom. People are sounding more hopeless by the day, voicing that uncovering corruption matters little because the perpetrators never see jail time. Many survivors of abuse will tell you that their abusers never go to jail either. Jail may or may not be a part of the punishment if a perpetrator is ever even punished. The important factor, preceding any sentence, is the exposure of the crimes.
Abusers will get away with what they can until they’re exposed.
Abusers fear exposure: they operate in darkness and prey on their victims. When their crimes are brought to light, they often scatter like cockroaches or play dead like an opossum. It’s advantageous to commit election fraud without proper certification of results, so results are not contested. It’s sneaky to include wasteful spending in stimulus bills when our country is suffering from government lockdowns. Abusers will get away with what they can until they’re exposed. Shine a light on their deeds and watch the vermin scatter or go belly up.
We Need To Resist Apathy and Demand Upright Leadership
America is in a position right now where exposing corruption is paramount to saving the American spirit. Bold, pioneering, brave, strong America is in danger of collapsing into apathy. Apathy is the unhealthy coping mechanism of our battered country. Apathy will make way for elitists to assume power and government control to increase tenfold. Apathy will be our undoing. The solution to keeping America from falling into apathy is the exposure of corruption so that we citizens remember that we have a voice in this republic.
Apathy is the unhealthy coping mechanism of our battered country, making way for elitists to assume power.
As O’Keefe states, we must stop reacting to this wrongdoing. Instead, our call as a nation is to demand truthful answers by exposing corruption and to make the government answer to us. O’Keefe states that this will bring consensus to the true state of affairs in this nation.
Animosity is reaching a boiling point in America because trust in government, the media, and each other are on a steep decline. 39% of Americans believe the presidential election was rigged. Big tech suspended President Trump’s Twitter account for 12 hours after the events at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, citing that “the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.” And “we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”
So, now big tech is in control of national defense? Since when does big tech get to decide how and when the President addresses millions of American citizens? Silencing the president of the United States and limiting his ability to communicate with millions of Americans, sending millions of dollars of taxpayer money to foreign countries when Americans are out of work and struggling to survive, and the questionable events that occurred at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 should be cause for alarm for all Americans, regardless of their political affiliations. Big tech and Congress are setting precedents against free speech and for absurd government spending. If they are allowed to get away with this, what next?
Since when does big tech get to decide how and when the President addresses millions of American citizens?
Every American citizen has a right to liberty. Every resident and documented or undocumented immigrant has a vested interest in preserving liberty in America, granted by God and upheld by the Constitution of the United States. Every person living on American soil must remember the importance of liberty and be willing to defend it if we're to maintain freedom.
Survivors of abuse will tell you that even in the darkest night of suffering, light is an incredible antidote. Even a flicker, a small faction that is willing to stand up and demand justice, can make a difference. As Sam Adams so eloquently stated, “It does not take a majority to prevail...but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” May we all be the light in the darkness America is facing right now.