This year American’s will choose who is going to represent the United States and it’s interests, in the 2012 Presidential Elections. As the rhetoric begins to become heated, one thing that I have noticed is that the candidates are generally safe. They are guarded and monitored, to protect from physical attack and sometimes even from verbal attack. We have all seen the hecklers being scurried out of a debate or speech. I tend to laugh shaking my head and nodding at those around me to show my disapproval of their outburst that made news at 5pm. One recent example of our security in America occurred just a couple of days ago; when a plot to destroy the U.S Capital buildings was stopped due to the vigilance of the FBI. I am not going to say that our modern systems are perfect and that we live in a wonderful bubble of protection, but overall we have the liberty of knowing that it does not take much courage to stand up for what you believe in, as the potential for harm fairly low when your in the spotlight.
third world state of being? In America’s past there have been many who lost their lives, striving to contribute to positive change. And in the history of Earth we know of many who gave the sacrifice for their beliefs. From the Bible to Encyclopedias we find names upon names dying in the name of God, politics and humanity. These names have inspired movements that have freed humanity from oppression, eradicated slavery and broke through walls giving way to democracy. Maybe the heckler’s outburst is evidence of courage I am overlooking, at least they are ready to die socially for a moment in time, as I smirk in living room.
My question to you is, what beliefs are you willing to die for? If we don’t truly believe then can we really complain?
BBC. “Female Afghan MP on Death Threats: ‘We Die Anyway'” BBC News. BBC, 20 Feb. 2012. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/9697340.stm>.