For one year I was President of our neighborhood's Neighborhood Watch. I was voted in as Vice President, so when our President stepped down, the position automatically fell to me. Our neighborhood consists of about 1/3 Mormon, but in the beginning NW membership was 90% plus LDS. The local Church allowed advertising of NW events at first and we had good attendance at our meetings. I managed to enlist the membership of other neighbors not Mormon and expanded our boundaries to include those who couldn't establish a NW in their area or were rejected by the adjoining NW's.
I started my morning run through the neighborhood during the hours of 2 to 4 AM and encountered several foreign criminal invaders which I was able to report and have removed by the local police. Eventually we had months of no incident.
The LDS Church refused to allow further advertising for NW, citing separation of Church and State. We lost a good number of LDS NW members as a result. And in time of peace other members fill up their lives with family excuses not to further participate. Then complaints came in that I was suppressing the rights of people to enjoy our park in the middle of the night, despite being the hotbed for criminal activity and was threatened to have the police called on me being out in the middle of the night patrolling. Then the neighbors started to turn on each other. No longer was it about foreign criminal invaders it was about the loud unpleasing music from undesirable neighbors. And accusations of drug use intensified. And neighbors were reported on by others for not keeping their front yards clean. This divisiveness cancelled our monthly meetings. And when my life changed to where I now slept through the night, I no longer ran during the hours of 2 to 4 AM. The foreign criminal element eventually found out and returned with avengence. The neighbors did nothing to stop it because they did nothing to prevent it. I couldn't get anyone to join me in patrolling the neighborhood on a regular basis. The neighbors were more interested in fighting others than in fighting crime.
So too is the fate of our Nation. We cannot sit back and expect our various police agencies and our government to protect us while we do nothing. And we cannot turn on each other. Each of us collectively and actively must do our part to sacrifice for our nation from actual enemies foreign and domestic. I hear too much praise for soldiers who die, when we do nothing in comparison. The result is a soft, week, and ignorant citizenry which has allowed the creeping in of our enemy to rule over and dominate our lives into slavery.