This particular blog post is intended for a certain audience, so if some of it does not make sense to you, forgive me, as I delicately try and weave my wave through a set of rules that if I violate will give the “enemies” of freedom and free speech an avenue to silence me.
Standing up for your rights, is neither unruly nor disrespectful. It may cause others a level of discomfort that they are not accustomed to. Are we to believe now that our rights are less important than the “comfort” our elected leaders?
We work in a para-military organization, with a defined chain of command. We do however belong to an organization that gives us an avenue to address grievances. It is also an avenue for us to bring our ideals for the betterment of the service in which we work, forward. In order for that organization to work correctly we are supposed to abide by a set previously agreed upon rules. If we do not follow these rules, then we end up with a dictatorship. The rules that we are governed by protect the minority viewpoint, and in the end ensure that the desire of the majority prevails. With out these rules YOU HAVE NO AVENUE TO ADDRESS ANYTHING!
There is a small group of individuals that are willing to stand up for the rights of all, within our organization. Our fight is not for ourselves, but for you. There is a risk for standing up, the politics of personal character destruction have been difficult to face, but they are not insurmountable. We, who have chosen to stand, have been attacked both personally and professionally, yet we prevail from each instance. We prevail, not because we are smarter, not because we have “high” connections, but because what we are doing is right, both morally, and ethically. Those of us who have chosen to stand do not even agree all the time on what is the best path forward, but we can all agree upon, is our right to bring those ideals forward.
When our elected leadership refuses to follow the rules, in order to silence those they disagree with, this is an attack on all of us, and must not be allowed to continue.
As this fight, and that is exactly what it is, continues, we who have chosen to stand can ensure you this: We can show you each an every time, step by step, procedure by procedure, how what we are saying is contained within the Constitution and By Laws and with in the Rules that govern our organization. We do not ask you to take our word for it, we can show you, from audio tape, and in black and white, word for word, our leaderships attack on your rights. We do not rely on an “interpretation” of the rules, we can show you them and you can see for yourself. Can you say the same for those who are arguing against us?