I know. I know all too well.
We live in perilous times. Our government is in the hands of a Russian puppet. That was made abundantly clear yesterday. And this Russian puppet hands over his duties to his daughter when he can no longer hack it. We are facing something we have never faced in our history.
It's more than easy and understandable to give up hope. But when we do that, then we lose. Hope is the thing which keeps us alive. Hope is what makes us struggle in the face of darkness. They want us to lose hope; a hopeless population is a population which is easy to control. As long as we have hope, as long as we fight, we have a chance to undo and reverse all the damage being done to our Republic.
As a writer, Shakespeare is my touchstone. And there's nothing more stirring than King Hal rallying his small, disease-ridden army on the eve of battle against a force 5 times his size.
And then there's Tom Joad, declaring that the Resistance is more than one man or woman, that the Resistance is all of us.
And on the eve of the war which led to our present global system, a system being upended by our Russian puppet, the great Charlie Chaplin ended his satirical film with a plea for world unity.
Courage is what you have when you don't know you'll win. It's what you have when there's a good chance you'll lose, and yet you keep going on. These days call not for sheep, but for lions. Courage and hope will see us through these dark days.
This is your weekend open thread.