The only solution to beating overwhelming odds is identifying them and fighting the enemy. Despair and resignation are natural, understandable reactions but not helpful to anyone in any way. Churchill said in immeasurably more trying times, “If you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
For more timeless inspiration from this greatest figure of the 20th century, go here.
No time like the present. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to get better waiting for an infantilized America to grow up.
So picking up from where our collective spirits crashed on November 6: here’s the morning-after report. The invincible treasure known as Rush Limbaugh sadly opines here and here as does pollster Dick Morris, and the verdict is in: the American Dream has transformed from “Yes, I Can!” to “No, I can’t. Do it for me.”
“Gimme! Gimme!” We’ve gone from a nation of resolute Doers and Producers to a nation of greedy, whining insatiable children. As with the most spoiled brats, a repeated rubbing of noses in reality is the only solution.
Telling the truth, again and again and again. It’s all a question of style. Humor is good. Kind But Firm is good. Clear and Concise is Good.
And now…our best shot at following our own advice.