I don’t often write from the negative, Threats but when duty calls……. You may be watching the debates and analyzing the arguments if we are safer, and better off today than previously. I encourage you; don’t allow the inciters to excite, don’t feed the trolls.
This is nothing new. In fact, we’ve brilliantly come through far darker times than these. Really! It’s in all the books!
Three Examples of Threats That Went Nowhere
- Madison and Jefferson ridiculed and discredited George Washington even claiming he was on the British payroll—a sort of Benedict Arnold in President’s clothing. His Excellency: George Washington, Ellis.
- Lincoln was personally attacked and labeled gawky. His cabinet member’s duplicitous behavior during the critical “Emancipation Proclamation” period almost irreversibly separated the Union. Team of Rivals, Goodwin
- In 1904 Theodore Roosevelt eagerly pursued support to be elected in his own right. He received the reluctant support of wealthy capitalists who dreaded his progressive measures, but not as much as they vehemently feared a Democratic victory. Theodore Rex, Morris
So what then is our greatest threat? Our greatest threat is cynicism—believing nothing will ever change, no one cares and “it’s no use.” We must fight against our own sense of feeling like a victim, powerless and voiceless.
Stay engaged, keep growing and keep going because YOU are the greatest promise and protection from the greatest threat… and the less than great threats too.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead