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Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Piece

piece (n)

  1. A Gun, knife, or other weapon. (

For many years I’ve been politically active, trying desperately to get citizens to speak up, get politically involved, and try to counter the liberal hordes advancing on our gates; but with limited effectiveness. Even as I write, hope fades that Americans will wake up and smell the last vestige of freedom across the land. It seems that no matter what I write, it falls on deaf ears. But still … I write.

And then it occurred to me: maybe people don’t want to be free? Maybe the Democrats are onto something. Perhaps the need for a king is so strong that we’ll never taste freedom again?

And I can see that. After all, with freedom comes great responsibility. That means hard work. Many people don’t want to work anymore. Many want to sit back in their government-subsidized apartment, or in their mother’s basement, playing video games, eating Doritos and drinking Mountain Dew, while the government prints more money, mails out more checks, and plunges us deeper into debt.

Question: Who is going to pay for our lack of fortitude? Who is going to repay those stimulus checks, unemployment checks, child tax credits, reparations payments, and the assorted subsidies that come from the government feeding trough?

Answer:  It will be our children and their children.

“Like many Western wedding traditions, the phrase “speak now or forever hold your peace” is rooted in Christianity and European custom. The complete wording—“Should anyone present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace”—comes from the marriage liturgy section of the Book of Common Prayer.”

Yes, I know I’m jumping around now, but please be patient while I tie it all together. One thing I’ve learned in my 63 years on this planet is this: “When you let crazy people into your life – your life gets crazy.”

Folks, the far left is absolutely gone crazy, bonkers, off the deep end, with little hope of retrieval. What happens when we wed ourselves to the far left, when we buy into all the crazy ideas they peddle? Our lives get crazy too. I keep asking myself: How can each of us bring some sanity to an ever-maddened world?

I adjure you to resist insanity in any form that is legal. Recently, I watched a video by one of my favorite podcasters, John Lovell, of the Warrior Poets Society. John is an Army Ranger Vet and a bit rough around the edges at times. I’m rough around the edges too, and I like John.

John talked about resisting the tyranny by using your voice instead of the gun. What does that look like? It means you have to speak your mind. You have to offend people with your words. When you’re standing at the water cooler and someone espouses liberal views, you have to challenge them. Why? Because a lie unchallenged becomes the truth. Modern Americans have become very gullible, and if all they hear is a lie, they’ll believe it.

Please stop being afraid to speak out. At the very least, you can ask a question. For example:

“Hmmm, that’s an interesting statement and I see your concern, but I’m just wondering, what exactly is the survival rate of Covid 19?”

“Well, yes, that’s true, Covid is real. But I read somewhere that most of the deaths come from nursing homes where people are already weakened by pre-existing health concerns. What do you think?”

“But if we keep borrowing money from foreign countries to give away, then who is going to pay the bill? And what happens if China calls in our loan? Isn’t it true that the borrower is slave to the lender?”

The list of questions you can ask is endless. And what I’ve learned is that when I list off stats and facts, then people feel preached to, their eyes glaze over and they tune me out. But when I ask them a legitimate question that begs for an answer, they sometimes engage their brain and try to answer it. And when they have no good answers, then it urges them to search it out for themselves.

But one thing is certain:  If we continue to waive our right to free speech, then we’ll lose it. Any freedom is like a muscle; if left unused, it atrophies, becomes weak, and dies. Never waive your rights; instead wave them like a flag, a proud banner for all to see.

But if we fail to speak our piece, then what does that leave us?

The nuclear option. The Second Amendment. I don’t want that; it’s unnecessary and would cause hordes of pain and death to both the innocent and the guilty among us

So, I implore you now to “speak now, or forever hold your peace.” Because if don’t speak now, then it’s your children who will inherit the weeds of your untended garden. And they will not have peace. So speak now lest your children be forced to hold their piece.

Skip Coryell

Skip Coryell lives with his wife and children in Michigan. Skip Coryell is the author of nine books including  Blood in the Streets: Concealed Carry and the OK Corral; RKBA: Defending the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; The God Virus, and We Hold These Truths. He is the founder of The Second Amendment March and the President of White Feather Press. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, a Marine Corps veteran, and co-host of the syndicated radio show Frontlines of Freedom. Skip also hosts the weekly podcast The Home Defense Show, which can be heard 24/7 at For more details on Skip Coryell, or to contact him personally, go to his website at