Some who gladly align themselves with the coarser elements of the state have been circulating a rumor through their friends in the media and those who will not so much as question a pronouncement from on high in Washington. They say that we who protest the actions of a runaway congress, a President who encourages us to snitch on our fellow Americans, or the emerging corporatist monopoly that threatens our basic liberties do so because we have been paid to do so. I concur. Here are some of the special interests that have fueled my dissent:
- My parents paid for my dissent. They worked for everything they ever had in life and they passed most of it on to me. They’re still alive and they should know I appreciate it more than I could ever say.
- Those who fought in the deserts, jungles, beaches of the Pacific, and city-dotted landscapes of Europe bought my dissent. Without them, such dissent would be impossible. Today, still more of the best America has to offer are paying daily for my dissent. Their currency is sweat, courage, and God forbid it, but too often blood. I cannot repay my debt to them.
- Entrepreneurs have paid for my dissent. From household names like Edison to drug companies whose generosity saved my son’s life, I’ve received those payments well in advance for the dissent I owe them now.
- My dissent is being paid for through the inspiration of friends and compatriots who stand with me in a grand effort to educate this nation about the dangers it faces if we are not vigilant and persistent in our dissent.
- My dissent is paid for by the civil discourse that is offered by some who would disagree with me. They stand on opposite sides of a politcal divide but are quick to offer support and champion the liberty we fight for together. My dissent repays them by honoring their dissent with careful and reasoned discussion. Were it not for them, dissent would not be a currency with which I could repay my debts.
- My brother has paid for my dissent. He has in so many ways given me a way to reflect on what is honest and worth fighting for. He has given me the confidence to speak with the voice I do. I am ever in his debt (and no less so because he is my landlord 🙂 I seek to repay him for lending my voice to his beliefs.
- My children have paid for my dissent by giving me a reason to fight for a world that I will not regret giving them. I will fight to make sure they are not paying off the debts of those who are drunk on the wealth of others and who seek to chain them to a monster they did nothing to create.
- My boss pays for my dissent. Quite frequently she pays for it directly for having to oversee a loud-mouthed, rule breaking, know-it-all who can’t turn in a timecard on time. I’m sure she’ll see this and start collecting.
If you are reading this, you are likely to have paid me for my dissent. I thank you for your support and regret that my repayment has been too long in coming.