To the Editor,
Having just finished seeing “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” for the first time, I am brought face to face with how these United States of America have evolved over the 50 years of my life.
Watching this movie has made me think about how this nation has achieved social and moral milestones through the power of democracy. The ballot box, as intended by the architects of our government, has been the lever to shut down oppression and open the faucets of opportunity.
Lady Liberty places power in the hands of her people. Those coward and ignorant enough not to utilize the power to change are spitting on the graves of every American who has laid down their life for our nation’s freedoms.
If you are reading this and you stand by today while fellow Americans are victimized in any form or fashion, you are actively disrespecting all veterans of these United States of America. People who don’t vote and use democracy for the betterment of all literally stick knives and pour salt into the wounds of America’s veterans.
My father, uncles, and ancestors fought for the freedoms of this land. Seeing “The Butler” and knowing the geography here in southeastern North Carolina, it’s become more and more alarming to me that within the shadows surrounding Fort Bragg there are communities where democracy has died.
Governments have ceased to be of, for and by the people. While in true democracies, these governments should have perished, they have not. These empire states continue to thrive at banquet tables where oppressors feast on fear and serve inequality and injustice to their communities.
I greet the men and women of our armed services who I pass daily and thank them for serving this great nation. It’s hard for me these days to live so closely among our military men and women and ponder the reality that they are living, fighting and even dying for cowards.
All actions have consequences. There is no such thing as standing silently by. Failure to act today for justice calls forth the bugler who sounds TAPS from his trumpet at the grave of the fallen.
Our military men and women fight for our rights to democratically elect offices from American presidents to school district PTAs. Don’t abandon our history or our men and women in uniform today. Democracy does not fail. Human beings fail democracies.
Eric R. Locklear