In the wake of the 9/11 attack, folk singer John Flynn wrote a powerful, moving song called I Will Not Fear. You can watch him sing it at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
The last verse goes:
And in this land of the free, in this home of the brave,
The voice of human courage cries, “I will not be a slave
To the ones in shadow who’d see freedom disappear.”
Won’t you send a message right now: Say, “I will not fear!”
Stirring words: “I will not be a slave to the ones in shadow who’d see freedom disappear.”
12 years ago, the ones attacking our freedom lived in the shadows of caves halfway around the world. Their weapons were jet liners. They sought to destroy buildings.
Today the ones attacking our freedom skulk in the shadows of brightly lit corridors in Maryland and Utah. Their weapons are secret orders from secret courts implementing secret interpretations of secret laws. They seek to destroy the Constitution.
The 9/11 attack arrived with massive explosions visible to all. The current attack was carefully hidden until exposed by a patriot whose freedom — and perhaps whose life — is now in jeopardy.
In 1787, upon emerging from the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What type of government have you given us?” “A republic,” said Ben, “if you can keep it.”
I will not be a slave. I will not fear.