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KATIE ZERR: Now is not the time to be tired of the fight

When the odds are against you, is it time to give up the fight?
Sometimes the overwhelming odds against winning a battle can cause us to pause before we pick up the mantel of a cause. Others, no matter the odds, pick it up and rush head long into the fray, hoping to make a difference.
There are times when we succeed and other times when we end up getting knocked down.
Some of us were brought up to believe that no matter how many times we get knocked down, we pick ourselves up and get back into the battle.
For those who don’t believe in “I can’t,” or “that’s not going to work,” each day can present a new challenge. It matters not that some feel a cause is lost or the odds against success are too daunting, we must still believe that right will prevail and fight on. Great things can be accomplished if there is a small glimmer of hope.
It is with this attitude that we must face each day in our country at this time in our history. We cannot just throw up our hands and let matters go.
We must strap on the armor and fight for what we feel is right and not let the bullies win.
Although the relentless barrage of negative and divisive news cycles can be stressful and tiring, we must believe in what is great about our country and fight for it.
We must not be overrun by the sensational breaking news or overnight temper tantrums that have become the norm in our country.
We live in a young nation that is a glorious experiment of freedom. We live in a nation once made up of rag-tag immigrants who stood up to the bully in England and succeeded in defeating the superior military power. Arrogance played a huge role in the defeat of the English. They were egotistical, over confident and in some cases ignorant of the resolve of the people who stood up to them.
Those men and woman who believed our nation could win independence from England and that we could form a republic ruled by the people were not only doubted, but also sometimes ridiculed. It only made their resolve to succeed stronger.
When in 1754, at a meeting of colonial representatives in Albany, New York, Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan for uniting the colonies under a national congress, he was thought to be insane. Some believed that without a strong monarchy, a country would dissolve in chaos. Although his first attempt was rejected, Franklin would live to see the vision of a handful of his countrymen become this republic. Franklin helped lay the groundwork for the Articles of Confederation, which became the first constitution of the United States when ratified in 1781. He signed all four of the key documents establishing the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence in 1776; the Treaty of Alliance with France in 1778; the Treaty of Paris establishing peace with Great Britain in 1783; and the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.”
It is on this doorstep that we find our nation. Congress is broken and our leader is in way over his head. There is a great divide in this country fueled by bullying and immature behavior at the highest level.
Whether it is the power of a lobby or organization that uses bully tactics and fear to accomplish their goals or individuals who use their wealth and power to bully others, it is not impossible to take that power from their hands. Our resolve during the revolution proved that to be true.
There is a glimmer of hope that there are leaders and statesmen that will not be silenced by the bullies. There are those who will and have showed their resolve in stopping the unfair treatment of the people who don’t have the power of wealth.
No matter the nature of our fights, be it for the rights of all under the law, or the right for women to be treated as humans and not objects, or that the good of the many should top the good of the few, it is time to stand strong and not wither.
Although naïve in some of their beliefs and not quite understanding how gargantuan the endeavor of creating this near-perfect republic, those who established and fought for this country were visionaries. What they created is worth fighting for.
In a time when only the rights of a certain segment of our society seems to be the focus of this administration, there is a timeless quality in the notion that all men are equal in rights, regardless of birth, wealth, or status, and that government is the servant, not the master, of human beings.
No matter the feeling that one is just too tired to take up the mantel, there is no resting in fighting for what we feel is right.
Keep on discussing the issues. Keep on listening and formulating answers and solutions. Keep on getting up when knocked down by the bullies.
It is our history, our legacy.
– Katie Zerr –