In a sobering post on the Central Pen Business Journal, president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Foundation Matthew J. Brouillette quotes abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison:
I am aware, that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — and I will be heard!
Brouillette adds, “So as we all anxiously wait to see if our 401(k) retirement plans rebound in 2009, let’s do what we can to help others fight for freedom and for their lives.”