By Guy Page
Shakespeare wrote, ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez is uneasy. Recently she tweeted, “is anyone archiving these Trump sycophants for when they try to downplay or deny their complicity in the future?”
Never in the history of American presidential transition has a would-be ascendant so bluntly threatened free speech. She’s warning me — and she’s warning you: “You get in line now. For four years we have shamed you on Facebook and doxxed at work. Lately our friends in Big Tech have blacked out your Facebook page. Our friend Jake Tapper at CNN warned you that backing this president might cost you your job. Now we in the Resistance feel so secure in our triumph that we accuse you of being complicit in the fallen regime.”
AOC, I’ll make it easy for you. If you’re making a naughty list, add my name. I’m honored.
Because in my childhood home I learned to never threaten or bully.
In fourth grade, I learned about my sacred right to free speech and the never-ending fight to protect it.
And in my church, AOC, I learned the truth will set you free. I learned that if I speak the truth in love, what can man (or woman) do to me? So shame me or dox me or add my name to your loathsome list, but I will speak out for the Constitution and the people who support it. Because if I don’t, I might as well step through the prison door of fear and swing those bars shut behind me.
You should feel uneasy, AOC. There was once another group of Americans threatened by authoritarians like you. They stood up — at Concord, at Lexington, at Bunker Hill. In Philadelphia their names appeared on the Declaration of Independence. Today, a peaceful, irresistible army of Freedom is being mustered. Sign me up.
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