If not you, who? If not now, when?
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QUESTION: Sometimes when I criticize government, I am told that if I don’t like it here, I should go somewhere else. Essentially, the old “love it or leave it” line. What’s a good response?
MY SHORT ANSWER: One response I use goes like this:
“I love my country and its heritage of liberty. When I see it going astray, I want to help it get back on track.
“Our government once endorsed slavery. Where would we be today if the abolitionists had left, instead of helping our nation extend its heritage of liberty to slaves?
“When our government makes a mistake, it’s up to us to correct it. If not us, who?”