The statement most often heard today from our president is, "I will not negotiate."
In that spirit, I will not negotiate away my right as a citizen to visit memorials established to honor those who have served to protect and defend our nation. I will not negotiate away my right to visit my national parks and recreation areas. I will not negotiate away my responsibility to protect my grandchildren from Common Core Standards. I will not negotiate away my responsibility to speak out when I see our Constitution being ignored and subverted as the law of the land. I will not negotiate away my right to free speech, to bear arms, to secure my home against illegal search, to a trial by jury and to vote, and I will not negotiate away my right to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
Too many citizens today are more than willing to negotiate away their responsibility to remain vigilant against a government wishing to dominate their lives and interest. Vigilance means reading and understanding the Constitution. If you don't have a baseline understanding of our Constitution, you might be more willing to negotiate away some of your constitutional rights. Our Constitution gives us the right to peaceably assemble, to petition the government, to call our representatives, sign petitions and start a protest. Do not be deceived into negotiating away what our Constitution has established for "we the people" of this great country.
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