‘No, I Won’t Shut Up’: One Conservative Stands Up For His Ideals

Don’t read an angry tone into what I’m about to write. It’s not here, I assure you. I’m just going to give you the truth, if you can handle it. No emotions; just the facts. Here goes. . .

Some of my critics think I should just zip it. Easy for them to say. They think I should give it a rest and not speak or write on the things I care deeply about and for which I have sacrificed. Some of them were cheering me on and yelling “Go, go!” back in 2015 and 2016. When I was working 100+ hours a week and making almost enough to pay for an apartment for my family of nine in South Carolina, they were all behind me. From their cozy couches, they were behind me.

I clearly wasn’t there for the money. And to correct the assumptions of at least a few of my critics, I wasn’t even there for a candidate. I was there for a set of ideas. I was there because I still believed in freedom. I still believed in the Bill of Rights. I still believed in limited government as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.

Well, nothing’s changed. So, if you are content not to stir the pot because you don’t like to make anyone uncomfortable while our Constitution is trampled, know that I’m not. If your political loyalty is to the “R” or to the “D” and not to grand ideas for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, know that I’m made up of different stuff. If you can sit in that same cozy couch and put up with tyrants, know that I can’t. It’s just not in me.

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Now, I could say that I earned the right to speak up. But, that would be a lie. The fact is that men better than I earned that right for me — some whose homes were burned down, some whose cattle were seized, some who were hunted by the British as they fled from place to place and ultimately spilled their blood for freedom’s sake.

If you can’t suffer through my political postings, put me on block and retreat into the safe world of puppy memes. But if you want me to shut up, you are asking me to be someone I’m not.

Image: Excerpted from: By Howard Chandler Christy – The Indian Reporter, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=662340

Shawn Meyer
Shawn Meyer, father of seven and husband of one, is a small-town Midwest pastor. A public speaker with diverse interests, Shawn has trained and lectured for schools, churches, camps, and charitable groups on topics ranging from bioethics to bow hunting. Boisterously active in politics and cultural reformation from his youth, Shawn’s fighting spirit is inspired by love of God and country.

 

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