View Points by Dr. T
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
The basic definition of complicity is the willing involvement in wrongdoing. Silence does not save you or excuse you from responsibility. Perhaps what silence does do, sales however, is to expose a lack of character and lack of personal conviction; it lays bare what must be called a fundamental deprivation of courage and/or integrity. The question must be asked: If compromise is the key to healthy politics, then how does one respond when compromise descends into complicity? What happens when our leaders are so afraid of the “political costs” of standing up for something or of summoning the personal courage to definitively confront clear echoes of fascism and the vitriolic rhetoric of division that they ignore it or insist that there is nothing to be concerned about? The current political season has given rise to the type of racial scapegoating and bombast that has normalized the fears and ignorance that are supposed to have belonged to another time in our history and do not resemble what America stands for; the founding principles this nation strives to perfect as we move towards and continue to strive for equal rights, equal justice and liberty for all?
In order for each of us to preserve a sense of personal and moral accountability we must define our boundaries and set the parameters of our moral compass. An unquestioned integrity cannot be subject to “situational ethics” or
When people don’t see, pretend that they don’t see or worse, that they don’t care; it then becomes an existential threat to our independent republic. All people whether liberal or conservative, moderate or independent should have a moral imperative to repudiate hate and division even if that repudiation comes at personal cost. You have a responsibility as a citizen and a patriot; otherwise your silence may be detrimental to your integrity, your nation and ultimately your freedom.