Our Resistance is NOT futile.
My friends… I believe my recent break from most things of a political nature has helped to renew my spirit and given me something of a perspective shift. I do not mean to be preachy, or to blow sunshine up anyone’s ass. It’s never been my way to call shit anything but shit, as I see it, at least.
Looking around the last several days, reading so many posts, seeing such intellect and passion has been grand – but I also keep seeing this idea that… We cannot win. That our struggle is futile, our hopes and efforts to change the world in vain.
I want to strongly, passionately argue against that point of view. I have, in the past, given in to hopelessness and despair. Some times the burden becomes too much for all of us… but that is when we must most strongly remember that we are not alone. That we are engaged in that greatest of ancient struggles – the pursuit of good for the common good, in opposition to those who use, abuse, control, deceive and destroy us. Who drain our faith and slay our hope.
We are here today, with others of like hearts and minds… because we believe in something. Perhaps no simple classification nor categorisation can be made, perhaps we cannot even adequately describe that something… not without reaching deep into the feelings, principles and thoughts that help shape the very core of our being.
Nonetheless, as a writer it’s my job to try. Compassion. For ourselves, for each other. Not the pursuit of a perfect world, but of one with less suffering and more kindness. More trust than distrust – leaders who are worthy of our trust.
Every change we seek, from the tiny to the world-changing, is not simply a possibility. It is a probability, if we pursue it with courage, with strength… and just as importantly, with friends.
Nothing which we imagine within our grandest dreams is impossible. Each life has value, each is utterly worthy of dignity and respect. I see the same proof of that here that I always have. I see, too, change in the wind.
In elections of the past, many of us fought for unprincipled leaders, for lesser evils, we fought each other for their sake. We voted for them, we pretended to be their fans… blue, no matter who, right? Or was it simply that we had surrendered to the impossibility of integrity in politics? Of decency surrounded by corruption? Perhaps, for some of us, we had become so cynical we rarely considered virtue, compassion, or decency at all in our politics…
I would like to point out… that has changed. Sanders may have been the inspirational figure that helped bring it about- but it was each of us – and all of us that did so.
The victory of or defeat of yesterday’s or today’s individual election is not the point – it never was. It’s about us. We made a Sanders challenge a threat. We decided, against the odds and what seemed conventional wisdom – to challenge the corrupt and selfish in the name of decency and integrity.
Each new progressive victory plays a part – but it is each of us that brings it about. Our will, our faith, our strength in each other and ourselves… has already forever altered our politics and our Nation. Even the world itself.
We did not accomplish much by standing for the corporate servants of yesterday… but we have begun to accomplish everything by standing for the common good today.
The United States… so often I have mocked that name. Yet, it is through our unity – not among parties, class or categorizations of particular nature… but as people of common good will.. that we have ALREADY changed the world. There is great reason for hope and faith, greater than we have had for many, many years.
In the day to day struggle, when we become mired in the deep mucky shit of politics and these seemingly impossible problems… it is worth remembering – that we have won great battles. And to borrow a couple of favorite quotes… We have not yet begun to fight. They ain’t seen nothing yet.
I take no exception and offer no insult or offense to anyone here. I wish only to say… we are already winning. It may not be happening quickly, but it is happening. It is our belief that makes it so, that changes the impossible, to the accomplished.
I could not find a better group of people than we have here. I could ask for no better representatives or brothers and sisters in this struggle. Our fate is not sealed by doom and defeat – our fate is to challenge and overcome the impossibilities of today and tomorrow. Just like we did yesterday.
Our struggle has great meaning, for it is the struggle for the common good. Ultimately – the assholes always lose in the end – always.
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