I’m still in the middle of the recent and excellent biography by Yale historian Davis Blight and the political infighting among abolitionists from that period reminds me so much of our own in recent times resisting this presidency.
The moderate abolitionists were asking Douglass and others to wait until public opinion shifted to their side. As Douglass points out in his response, given at an 1857 speech in upstate New York, there is no struggle without progress.
If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.
He continues with the following lines that remind me of the modern media, GOP, and too many Democrats failing to resist this president and allowing this administration to be normalized. Douglass warns us against that too.
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
America cannot endure this presidency much longer. Our leadership must fight it head on rather than patiently hope it self destructs.