It's safe here in the United States. Relatively speaking that is. Right now it's safe for us to sit at our desks and bash whomever we like, justified or unjustified. We can say that someone in our government is an asshole. We can say that our local politicians are moronic or shortsighted and unsurprisingly...nothing happens. We may get a few cheers or a few boos. But right now, if we typed out any sort of insult, say for instance that our city council representative was the offspring of a hamster and someone who smelled of elderberries, the police are not knocking down our door. But in Hong Kong...In Hong Kong, the people have risen up. What started out as a protest against an extradition bill that many in Hong Kong saw as a gross overreach by Beijing, a broken promise regarding the one country two systems deal that China had struck with Hong Kong upon the turnover from Britain in 1997, turned into something more. It turned into a fight for the justice of what we call liberty.Despite what Loki said in the first Avengers movie, people were not meant to live on their knees. Subservient to those who would monopolize force against them should they step outside the prescribed doctrine of the state. That is not what mankind was made for.Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere...If we as a people, shirk our responsibility as the beacon of liberty and refuse to stand WITH Hong Kong as they shout the famous line by Patrick Henry;
"GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!"
...then we are doing nothing less than giving tacit approval to the vile humanitarian abuses taking place in China. We are emboldening a bully who stands diametrically opposed to our entire identity as a nation.Ladies and gentlemen, we may not have the freedoms we once had, but that doesn't stop the rest of the world from expecting us to be the city on a hill, where all men and women can live together with freedom.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Run guns to Hong Kong.