Letter: Don't rain on my parade
It was with great alarm that I read Michael Adcock’s July Fourth letter to the editor concerning the last-minute banning of the We of Prescott Area Move To Amend entry in this year’s Fourth of July parade. I found it particularly ironic that it appeared next to John Stossel’s syndicated column, Celebrating Independence, where he writes, “The founders’ bold plan was to design a completely new sort of country--one where people could rule themselves.”
Apparently, minutes before the parade started, someone who identified himself as “Chairman of Security for Prescott Frontier Days,” informed the organization that their pre-approved signage was not appropriate and that “protest groups” were not permitted in the parade.
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Let us not become a nation of complacent monkeys content to see no evil, hear no evil or speak no evil. The Declaration of Independence itself clearly states that when the government acts in ways that are destructive to its citizens’ inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then it is the citizen’s right and duty to alter or abolish it. Civil disobedience, the nonviolent opposition to unjust government laws and policies, has been successfully employed throughout our nation’s history.
The We of Prescott Area Move to Amend organization is dedicated to raising awareness of the nefarious effect of “Dark Money” in our political system, largely stemming from the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in 2010. If left unchecked, we will surely become a nation of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation. Rather than banning this patriotic group, the Prescott Frontier Days should be encouraging such organizations, as it did by initially approving their entry in the parade.