Mohandas Gandhi stated that "A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble." Indeed, in the effort to get along and not make waves, there is much too much "yes" when a firm "no" would be appropriate.
During the American Revolution, our Founding Fathers, led by the likes of Patrick Henry, declared "give me liberty or give me death." And they meant it. The Founders put their fortunes, lives, and sacred honor at risk when they declared independence in the name of liberty. They said "no" to British oppression - and fought against it.
We are the heirs of their great experiment - and we have the great responsibility to keep it alive. Sometimes that means saying and doing things that cause trouble, displease, and are uncomfortable. So be it.
Sometimes that means standing against the crowd or the current of history and simply saying "No." Some politicians today seem more concerned about their reputation as consensus builders than doing what is right. We cannot afford to cater such whims any longer. Sometimes we just have to say "No!"