“My dear brothers, never forget, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”
- Le Joueur généreux, February 7, 1864
For those of us with even the most remote sense of history there are ‘stand-out’ moments in the past when it is common for one to ponder: Why didn’t anybody try to stop it.
Whatever the ‘it’ is that you found yourself pondering, did you ever stop and ask yourself: Would I have had the courage to do something about ‘it’?
A fine question indeed, and most positively you would have answered to yourself that, yes, you would have had the courage to try, at the very least.
This is the wrong question to ask yourself, however. The right question was and always will be: Would I have the ability and the skill to recognize what it is that needs to be stopped?
Evil does not come up behind a person, tap them on the shoulder and say, “Hi I’m Mr. Bête Noire – may I swallow your soul?”
The challenge has always been for people to identify the problem and weed it out when the opportunity arises.
Whenever a firmly rooted Bête Noire lets his mask fall. He is vulnerable. He exerts his energy trying to re-affix the veneer which allowed him to walk the world in daylight for so long.
Rush Limbaugh has, without a doubt, shown us who he is and what he believes. He has been doing it for years. But we have all decided to write him off as an entertainer, shock-jock, jerk, loose-cannon, a Goebbelesque parody.
At what point do the excuses not longer fit? At what point do we feel compelled to take action against the devil in our midst — then realize he has been hiding in plain sight, all along?
If you have always asked yourself if you would have the courage to take action, I applaud you. If you have now realized that courage is nothing without the fortitude of character to identify the enemy and act swiftly, then you do not need applause – you are simply where you need to be.
We all tell ourselves we will know what to do when we are called. This time it is easy: pick up the phone, write a letter, contact the FCC, use twitter, join one of the large teams. There are many resources at your disposal.
This revolution will not take place on the streets. This revolution will be won from our kitchen tables. Please pull up a chair and join us.
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
― Maya Angelou