Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. A prominent Sovietologist, he is a senior contributor at The Federalist and the author of seven books. He was previously a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also worked for Republican Senator John Heinz as personal staff for defense and security affairs.
Speaking for myself, one thing I learned over the past few years - to my shame - is how much I took my Constitutional rights and the stability of the American republic for granted. I treated freedom of speech as my birthright, and never had to exercise a bit of effort for it. /1— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
I treated the granite-solid nature of the Constitution, the balance of the U.S. civil-military relationship, the independence of the judiciary - all as facts of nature rather than as precious jewels to be guarded against theft from within. /2— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
I was plenty vigilant about defending our nation from foreign threats, because I believed that my fellow citizens, whatever our collective sins or flaws, would never countenance attacks on our common home and our right to live in it. /3— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
Some out there will say this reflects “privilege,” earned by my skin or gender. Maybe so. But even when we did wrong, we - as a nation - wanted to do right. When we failed, we fought in public about our shortcomings. We prided ourselves on this. /4— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
On a personal level, I have never experienced the number of attempts to silence me, demands I be removed from my job, and even physically threatened as often as I have since 2015. Not in any post, not in any city, not during any other administration. /5— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
This, I realize, is how others have felt before this. But I always believed that the system, the society, the law, even most of our leaders, were on the side of right and would defend any of us against such thuggery. I know now I took this too much for granted. /6— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
We are not past the point of no return. But it is time to exercise every Constitutional right, especially *speech* and *voting* - with no excuses, without whining, without hedging. This is a time for fortitude, consistency, confidence, and dedication to the American idea. /7— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
We don’t get many second chances in a human life. The life of nations is even less forgiving. We have, as a republic, lived through multiple near-death moments. We are perilously close to running out of chances. /8x— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 30, 2018
In other words, if you're still voting Republican, take your head out of your ass before you destroy this great nation. There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to the head-on assault on our constitution, our core values and our democracy.