Liberty is not easy. Liberty is anything but free. After a great Memorial Day weekend, nothing is more certain in my mind than the fact that liberty and freedom come at a price, but the price is worth it.
Since the Liberty in Bellevue movement organically came together through the collaboration and open discussion of like minded Bellevue residents/business owners, two things became obvious. 1) There are literally thousands of people in Bellevue with serious concerns about the future of the borough under its current leadership and in its current condition. 2) There are a lot of “sticks in the mud” in our community who are desperate to maintain the status quo in Bellevue, even at the cost of continual economic decline. Many supporters and members of the LiB movement expressed their disdain for the current state of affairs in our borough at the special council meeting convened last Tuesday. Others took up the LiB banner by passing fliers out to their neighbors and spreading the movement’s message by word of mouth. And within days of launching the website and facebook page, the message of liberty and growth in our borough has gone viral throughout our little, one square mile town.
However, as with any calls for change anywhere, there are always those who resist it. Even at the cost of ensuring the continual decline of our borough there are those who would rather see Bellevue continue towards obscurity than embrace any new ideas or take positive steps toward prosperity. Even though most of our critics are not completely sure what it is we represent, they’ve already come out of the wood work to confront us. In a span of five days we’ve been labeled militant anarchists, radical leftists, and republican nutjobs. Our articles and public addresses have been spun and manipulated by an individual who claims to operate a “professional and objective” news outlet in our region (although I’m not sure who, if anyone takes this individual’s publication seriously after the deliberate attacks and lies propagated by it in recent years).
Someone once told me that an easy way for a leader to know if they’re effectively leading their respective organization is to take note of the opposition they’re facing. If there is little or no opposition, the leader must question whether or not his/her leadership is effecting any change or growth at all. If there seems to be an overabundance of resistance and backlash with little or no support, the leader must step back and question whether or not he/she has any followers. If there is a bit of resistance, coupled with affirming support, the leader should recognize that he/she is on the right path.
In just a week’s time, I can say with certainty that the LiB movement is on the right path. We’ve experienced a bit of resistance from a few “sticks in the mud.” We acknowledge that some of these individuals who fear what we represent wield a little bit of influence in the community, so we anticipate further resistance to stem from them as the movement progresses. Nevertheless, the LiB message continues to spread like a wildfire in a wilting community desperate for refreshing waters of change, growth, and hope for Bellevue. The hits on our website, even on days without any new posts, has been phenomenal. We’ve received numerous public and private messages from people of all walks of life in support of the movement. People are stopping us on Lincoln Avenue to acknowledge their support of our work and their desire to get plugged in and help.
The Liberty in Bellevue movement has only just begun. This is not a movement that will simply go away with a negative comment here or a false story published there. We care too much about Bellevue to let it continue to decline. Feel free to join us and be a part of the solution. For more information on how you can help Liberty in Bellevue bring growth and prosperity to our town contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.