A response to my Civil War SitRep post on 10/20/20 (link) got me thinking about something. Well, actually, it brought something I have been thinking about for a while to the forefront.
I don’t wear clothing (in public) that makes a statement about politics or current events.
For the last several years, I have been trying to keep a very low profile in a lot of ways. I don’t put any stickers on our vehicles that could draw unwanted attention. Our support of the fallen police officers fund, the 100 Club, is not displayed as it would have been in another time. No political affiliations are displayed either, no location information (subdivision parking stickers), no stickers to indicate activities like hunting or firearms are on any of our vehicles to avoid becoming targets of theft or vandalism.
After the last Senate race in Texas I made the decision that I would not put anything showing party affiliation or candidate choice in front of my home. It was during that election that I became concerned that it could make us and our home the target of vandalism or worse.
In my personal social media accounts I am careful to maintain my privacy settings but even more so I have mad sure that for the last decade or so I don’t post anything other than personal stuff. Again, no politics or opinions on current social events. I avoid the comments sections of posts that do take a side or a stand.
I no longer attend rallies or protests of any sort.
All of these choices were based on being as much of a “gray man” as possible: being family, a vehicle, a house that does not draw unwanted attention. All of it is based on minimizing risk.
It is the safe thing to do.
But, is it the right thing to do?
Have I, by hiding my views and affiliations and support, actually surrendered? Have I decided to kneel in the face of the enemy instead of standing?
When we watched a movie recently about the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, I was nearly screaming as Jews laid down to be executed by Nazi soldiers, “run, fight, do something!” I could not understand why men who were about to die anyway chose to “kneel” instead of “standing.” Would an unarmed Jewish man stand a chance against an SS squad? No, of course not but if you are going to die anyway at least try to take one or more out with you.
Am I, by hiding my loyalties, thoughts and positions put myself into the same position as the residents of the Warsaw Ghetto?
If the Leftist insurgents have silenced my opposition, haven’t they already won?
What are your thoughts?
Take care and God bless.