Saturday, July 26, 2008

Stamina

Yesterday I heard from a friend who was feeling discouraged by the Dean/Pelosi/Obama strategy of completely ignoring those who know that faux unity is neither a prudent nor principled route to putting a Democrat in the White House this year. My friend asked where I find my stamina to resist the relentless drive to push this misguided route. The question gave me a moment's pause. I am of course sometimes tired from pressing for justice and good sense in the face of the apparent lack of interest from people who seem to care about neither. Then, I realized that I draw strength from thinking of the many Americans who have worked for justice and good sense, with no guarantees that they would see either achieved. There are well-known Americans in the group. Martin Luther King, Jr.comes to mind immediately. But there are so many who like me are not famous. There are the thousands who marched for civil rights, bravely enduring taunts, jeers, and worse. There are farmworkers who risked everything to unionize so they could work collectively to demand decent living and working conditions. There are individuals I have known personally who resist every day when they observe unthinking and arbitrary exercises of power by people who have some but cannot or will not use their power fairly and responsibly.

In all these cases there were and are no guarantees of success. But knowing that millions of other Americans have demanded justice from powerful people and institutions reminds me that my efforts keep faith with theirs. That unspoken pact among seekers of justice across time and place fortifies my own resolve.

10 Comments:

Anonymous adamonis said...

Beautiful! God Bless you for all of your stamina. It is an honor to know you. Your voice lifts many of us, please gather strength from that as you renew your resolve.

July 27, 2008 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I almost never leave comments online, but I want you to know that you are doing the very most important work possible for our country at this time. While many actions are important, the power of the media to influence and inform opinion and action cannot be overestimated. If I were a wealthy person I would contribute thousands every week. I'm sure there must be wealthy people out there who agree with your stance. Keep looking - your ads are the most important work that can be done between now and Denver. Every American must knnow - and demand that Hillary's name be placed in nomination. Otherwise our Democracy is a sham!

July 27, 2008 at 8:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anon above that you are doing important work. We appreciate it.
Thanks.

July 27, 2008 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger democraticjack said...

Your stamina and vision are what sustains my faith in democracy in this bizarre era we live in. You always hit the right note.

July 27, 2008 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe one day there will be a Paul Revere poem about the PUMAs and you will be a prominent member. The ads are the best way to combat this marketing campaign trying to sell Obama to the nation. Fight fire with fire. And our marketing campaign has the strength of truth and 18 million voters.
PUMA

July 27, 2008 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Shtuey said...

When I'm feeling drained I remember Hillary during the campaign. No matter how tired we were, and how little sleep we were getting, we knew Hillary was working 10 times as hard.

Keep fighting Heidi. We stand with you.

July 27, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger L.C. said...

Any person of integrity understands that we must fight against corruption , greed and avarice where we find it...even if we find it in our own house.

My fight started with the election of GWB the first, it escalated with the election of GWBII. I was stunned too see what the DNC wrought in this primary cycle. They have become destroyer's, much the same as the neo-cons.

I will continue to work as diligently and tirelessly to make sure that this coup d'etat does not succeed.

Ultimately Heidi, those who value their integrity above all else HAVE NO CHOICE but to continue the fight for principal against the greed, avarice, and corruption foisted upon us by those who are intent upon their own self-serving agenda.

Ultimately Heidi, I suspect that in the final analysis, you, as a person of integrity, really had no choice but to continue to fight for truth.

"Truth advances and error recedes step by step only; and to do our fellow-men the most good in our power, we must lead where we can, follow where we cannot, and still go with them, watching always the favorable moment for helping them to another step." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1814. ME 14:200

July 27, 2008 at 1:37 PM  
Anonymous GaGirl said...

May I suggest that this is the inspiration for all of us to go on?

"Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. When you stumble, keep faith. When you're knocked down, get right back up. And NEVER listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on."
- Hillary Clinton -

July 27, 2008 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

Heidi--- Thank you once again, and always.
The wonderful cactus flower to emerge from the needles and thorns of the DNC's injustices, is discovering, happily, that there are women like you in America! I'm 62 years old, and had practically given up on younger women fighting the good fight. But with my discovery of incredible females like yourself, I am overcome with awe and gratitude and yes, "hope" (That cad Obama does NOT own that word!).

July 28, 2008 at 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like running into a buring building to save someone , or lifting a car off a child before you realize you aren't strong enough to do that....something kicks in.

Whatever happens you know you did above and beyond and we need your writings from this time . Thanks Heidi!!

July 28, 2008 at 6:44 PM  

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