According to a famous line that has been attributed to Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

The left has been running rampant now for many years, shouting down those they don’t like, burning cities with impunity and unleashing outraged mobs on those who express even the mildest disagreement with their agenda.

They’ve pushed through open borders policies, want to give illegal aliens taxpayer-funded abortions and have been angling to allow biological men to compete against women on sports teams — among many other things.

Normal doesn’t support anything like this.

But even though those who oppose these policies vastly outnumber those who favor them, the left’s greatest weapon in keeping the majority silent has been most people’s desire to be polite and their fear of attracting the hatred of others.

If we don’t want our culture and our republic to be completely destroyed, we need to overcome this fear and start speaking out against and arguing with these people.

Here’s a personal anecdote from Naval officer Stu Cvrk to help illustrate how you might go about it.

Two Stories From a Naval Officer

Cvrk grew up in a solidly left-leaning household. His father was a virtual communist, and his parents always voted left, enamored as they were with their memories of the Democratic Party from the 1930s. While in the Navy, however, he was exposed to a few conservative periodicals, especially Human Events, and encountered a totally new perspective on things that differed markedly from that taken by the TV news at the time.

Imagine the reaction of Cvrk’s McGovernite parents when they found out that he decided to vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980!

This kicked off a long series of political arguments with them that finally came to a head when Cvrk sent his parents to Czechoslovakia to allow them to see the fruits of communism first hand. They went on multiple such trips, and upon their return, they would remain silent about politics for a long time thereafter. The experience would always eventually wear off, however, and sooner or later, they would return to their knee-jerk defenses of the Democratic Party. As they got older, though, their desire to keep having these arguments waned.

These arguments did hone Cvrk’s ability to defend and articulate his conservative views, however, and now, he and his brother are both staunch conservatives.

His other story involves a confrontation between him and some left-wing protestors in 1985 at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Two yellow school buses arrived full of protestors that day, many of whom were likely paid to be there. Cvrk decided to confront the protestors and calmly debate them about the nature of the Vietnam War.

The next day, all but about 25 of the protestors were gone. When he asked why, Cvrk discovered that many people left because of his decision to confront them.

There’s a lesson for all conservatives to take from this: Confrontation sometimes may be unpleasant, but it can have undeniable benefits.