It's no picnic caring for our freedom

It's no picnic caring for our freedom

There are 3 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 5, 2007, titled It's no picnic caring for our freedom. In it, Newsday reports that:

It is not easy being an American in 2007. Just the fact that I have said that will likely insult some Americans and enrage some others.

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Farmingville, NY

#1 Jul 5, 2007
How can you live freedom with all this POLITICAL INCORRECTNESS going on? People can't do the RIGHT thing because of all the law suits. If freedom rings let all your politicians know what you are thinking and let us not be known as a country of ILLEGAL ALIENS.
FREEDOM would be easier if the laws were enforced.
David Axelrod

Jamaica, NY

#2 Jul 5, 2007
As Suffolk County's new Poet Laureate, succeeding Mr. Moran officially on June 26th, I am pleased Dan Moran stands up for real freedom. Pity he tried to eradicate the position of PL in recent petty complaints about the selection process. Dan speaks from both sides of his convictions--the public do-gooder and private torpedo.
Michael Cipot

Freehold, NJ

#3 Jul 5, 2007
Mr. Moran:

I understand what you are saying, and respect your lineage. My own ancestors date to before the French & Indian War. My family are direct descendants of the Rogers clan - its patriarch, Major Robert Rogers led the most successful raid against a French backed Indian tribe during the conflict, helping to secure our freedom. This action became the subject of the movie, "Northwest Passage", with Rogers played by Spencer Tracy. Rogers' principles of warfare are credited by both the Delta Forces and the British Special Air Services as the fundamentals of their respective disciplines.

Our ancestors, yours and mine, faced challenges to our freedom as you and I do now, but they were vigilant in their pursuit. We must be, too. My brother, who serves his country as a public servant with the EPA, started the library in his community. I was a whistleblower while a senior officer at a major financial institution. As you experienced, my phone was tapped and I received threats because I identified a fraud and stood up for principles and rule of law. Both of my parents lived lives of service to their communities.

These things come at a price, whistleblowers are not loved, and it cost me my job, along with some connections with people I once thought of as "friends". Even my brother, who recently prevented a large home supply center from being built on public land in a residential area, founded his local library, and who serves his country in selfless pursuit of a better environment for all of us through his professional career, has been the target of those with agendas that certainly appear to be somewhat less selfless.

Is our country hurting? Yes, as it always has been since its founding. The pursuit of our rights, again, requires constant vigilence. You won't, as you well know, always (if even often) be thanked for speaking the truth, or for taking a strong stand. In fact, as I've found, you may well be ostracized for doing so, as I was at my job. Sometimes it's easier, and certainly safer, for people to look the other way than to take a stand. All too often, however, and certainly far more frightening, these same people will conspire against someone who takes a principled position simply because of the fact that such people who speak out against fraud and injustice rattle our proverbial cages, and it's easier to live ignorant and comfortable than it is to think that there are things we have to fight for.

But, as I'm also sure you know, thaT unless a few people speak out, or even as few as one, our liberties are eroded (and maybe even that won't be enough - I still look for the "silver lining" in having taken on the reporting of a crime at a bank, yet, somehow, at the same time, I also know I'd do it all over again).

You obviously come from good stock. Do them, your ancestors, proud by staying strong. Don't expect help. It's often the lot of those who stand up for what's right to be very alone. Face the criticism, petty snipes and insults with grace and dignity, and remain vigilant in your pursuit of truth. Your predecessors fought for what you and I have, now it's our turn.

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