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Gary Horton | Vigilance Forever and Protecting Democracy from the Darkness

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09.10.2019

Take a good look at the Signal masthead. That thing at the top of the paper with the fierce-looking Eagle. “Vigilance Forever,” the banner calls out.

As long as I can remember, that warning and bold statement has stood atop and superior to every article in every Signal newspaper. And for good reason:

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” This quote, attributed first to author Thomas Charlton, lays it out in no uncertain terms. Paraphrased: “If you want liberty, you’re going to have to constantly be aware, constantly be attentive, constantly watch.”

But watching who and what?

Defending liberty means constantly watching and ensuring our leaders promote and protect our liberty. Unfortunately, by way of greed, human weakness, and corruption, some leaders would prefer to enrich themselves rather than promote the liberty of their constituents.

Consider the trend happening in the world all around. Once-dependable democracies such as Turkey are falling to dictatorships. Neo-democracies such as Russia and Hungary are increasingly controlled by strong men and oligarchs hiding behind a mask of “democracy.” Here in America, our democratic norms are challenged by a president who prefers dictatorial benefits over presidential obligations and norms.

Democracy and liberty are fragile.

Another newspaper I........

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