What do you do when you run out of emotions? When you’ve cried your last tear and can no longer feel the passion behind your anger? When, despite gains or advances or victories, you are so distraught that the fight continues… that you don’t know how to proceed?
Today is the 7th of November 2018, the day after tide-turning midterm elections — and yet never has an event so sharply reminded us of where we are then today’s White House news conference.
The President of these United States, berating, falsely accusing, and removing a journalist.
Why? Because it fits the narrative. It continues the attack on the free press as inconvenient, because the truth challenges the mission — so it’s marked as “fake news” and moved on.
Where do you continue to find the strength to fight when the other side makes up their own rules? Do you? Do you press on? Or do you shake your head and walk away — hoping for better in a couple years? Do you decide it doesn’t matter? Figuring all politicians lie, so why give it your attention?
I’ve seen many people I respect, hold dear, and look up to — take the easy path. Give up the fight. Simply endure.
I can’t blame them, it’s a struggle of all who live to see such days. No one is immune to disheartenment, and the weariness of this is real. And yet — we must push forward.
We must choose the most American of all things: in the face of overwhelming odds, be the badass that stands up and presses on.
We must refuse to accept hypocrisy, we must refuse to let any figure, any leader, any branch of government go unchecked, and we must refuse to surrender the future to the worst of us — when we’re surrounded by the best of us.
With words from men like civil rights activist, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and congressional legend John Lewis, “Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year — it is the struggle of a lifetime. Be persistent and consistent. We shall overcome. #GoodTrouble”
Or from Cindy McCain stating that, “this is not about right or left. It’s about right or wrong.” Challenging each of us to “Stand up to bullies, defend the dignity of all people, champion ideas even when they are unpopular, have the courage to challenge the status quo, and to work in service of a cause greater than myself.”
So what do you do when you’ve run out of emotions? Remember why we fight. Cling to hope. And never stop demanding excellence, bravery, truth, and kindness — from those we elect to serve this great nation.
“Duty, Honor, Country” — those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn…
- Douglas MacArthur
Courage, faith, and hope. These are not ideas brought to life by an engaging campaign or a dynamic personality. They come from within, each act inspiring the next.
Stay and fight. Be a badass. Win the day.