America in Peril
In this atmosphere, William, an aspiring future first responder, listened to the President speak. Despite the travails the country was going through, William was proud to be an American. Although there were real reasons to fear, William felt there was just as much reason for hope.
The country had been through difficult times before. It had fought through them. Good had ultimately prevailed because good people were allowed to gather and express their views in meetings and gathering places across the country, where they were both protected and emboldened by First Amendment principles that allowed their views to be expressed and heard. At the end of his speech, the President of the United States urged the crowd to march to the Capital, not to burn it down, not to assault anyone, not to hurt people or damage property, not to break laws, but to fight for the law, fight for the Constitutional principles for which the Capitol of the United States and those who frequent its halls should stand, not to shut people up, but to be heard, to make sure the questions they had were not only asked, but answered.
So, on January 6th, William, with hundreds of thousands of American patriots, marched towards the Capitol, with men and women of all ages, citizens who not only took the time to vote, but who took time out of their lives to listen and learn and be informed and to try and make a difference in a country that they loved, to fight to be heard in a gray, dismal season where people’s voices were being shut down, where free speech was being stifled by Twitter, Facebook, and other social media and main media platforms across the country.
Stand up for what’s right. Be heard. Shine the light on the truth. Do not let it die in the shadows. These were the words, or at least the sentiments of the words, that William heard as he began the march.