America, tread carefully - or we may find by our own unhappy experience that there is a natural and necessary progression from the extreme of anarchy to the extreme of Tyranny, and that arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of Liberty abused to licentiousness...
[George Washington to John Hancock -11 June 1783]
I know you are angry America, but hold it together. Beware the next step. If we let ourselves become driven into violence, we do so at our own peril. Anarchy is not a long lived state, and the more comfortable and prosperous and nation is (and America ranks first in the history of civilizations) , the faster the adoption of a dictator to 'restore order' and 'provide security'. Think of those of your friends and neighbors who are oblivious to what is happening right now, and if they do have an inkling will incorrectly diagnose the cause. How long would they stand a disruption of society, of their children being endangered, of their businesses and fortunes being lost...before they would willingly adopt a tyrant."
"Beware America...in the days ahead, you'll be driven to more anger. Amnesty is on the horizon Other attacks on your liberty are on the horizon. They will try to shut you up and shut you down. You will be painted as extremists, called names, beaten down. Those in power now, think that if they rattle the cage hard enough, something is bound to break loose. But stand down, there is a revolution coming...the bloodless revolution of November.
Beware America...do not grow complacent. I know you are discouraged, but now is not the time to go back to sleep. It is a time to once again try to awaken your friends and neighbors. Their country is on fire and there is an arsonist loose. Consider these words...I hope they haunt you.
'Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.'
Beware America...tread carefully now. The modus operandi of those in power is 'Never let a crisis go to waste'. They are not constrained by conscience, and so have no qualm in manufacturing the next crisis. Their prospects for November are bleak (I'm sure they have read the tea leaves, just as you), they have nothing to lose...and those with nothing to lose are the most dangerous.
Beware America...there is a tyrant in waiting."
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