Morning Coffee – …And I Stayed Silent Edition

We all have hills to die on. Ideas that we aren’t willing to give up for anything. It’s not often that we get the chance to speak on those issues in a forum or to a body that has direct oversight over them, but when that opportunity arises it’s very important that you take it and run with it.

But it’s not as easy as it seems.

Putting yourself out there in print is one thing. There’s a certain anonymity, even safety to the written word that doesn’t exist in a public forum. You have time to think and rethink your words before you have to put them out there, a luxury that the spoken word doesn’t provide. That may be the most intimidating part of it all.

Its easy to allow that intimidation factor to take over, and stay on the sidelines, but once you do that, you’ve ceded your voice to those who may not share your values on a particular issue.

This morning I offer a confession. Last night I had the opportunity to speak on an issue that I’m very passionate about, and for reasons that I can’t fully explain, I didn’t. I remained passive. I let other people, who don’t share my views, speak for me.

Needless to say, I’m disappointed, even a little angry at myself for not speaking out.

Over the past 12 or so hours I’ve tried to rationalize my inaction. I’ve come up with excuses to try to satisfy my disappointment. But none of these rationalizations come close to overcoming the sense of extreme irritation I feel. I silenced myself. I have no one to blame but myself.

In life, there are plenty of people or groups who may wish silence upon those who disagree with their positions. When we do it to ourselves it hurts far worse than when someone else tries to do it.

Would my voice have made a difference? I don’t know, I didn’t use it. That’s the thing that’s bothering me. I stayed silent, and I’ll never know if I could have made a difference.

Tom Humphrey looks at a poll that highlights the differences between national Democrats and Tennessee Democrats.

Congressman Wamp, I don’t think you’re smelling what you think you’re smelling.

Smart City Memphis is talking about the importance of being an informed voter.

And finally, the Metro Charter Commission has voted on legislative districts for the proposed Metro government.

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