1/ let's be honest. Things are very bad right now. The ICE raids, the activities of their agents, the overt racism on the part of Donald Trump, the existence of concentration camps and children in cages, the constant marketing of the illegal as legal, as well as the marketing of
The legal as illegal, the continued attacks upon the rights of citizens, the seeming impotence of House Dems, the confusion of applicable Constitutional law, the federal courts stacked with Trump appointed Republicans, and the confusion and Discord sown amongst the Left, Liberal
Democrats, the resultant infighting over the vagaries of impeachment, and the overall frustration associated with feeling helpless. This is what we're facing. This is what we have to deal with now. This is right in our faces and it's not going away any time soon.

If any of that
Sounds hopeless, then that is good. It only indicates that your sanity is intact, that your morals are still sound, that your scruples can still be relied upon, and that your will to fight has not and will not die.

That is the most important part of what I have to say.
5/ We are alive. We are still kicking. We are still willing to fight this ideological, socio-political and economic war that has been waged against us by our own government.

In such times, as in all times, it is best to seek advice from those who have come before us. With that
6/ in mind, I have actively been seeking out advice from our veterans. There are many veterans who also actively #Resist. They range in Wartime experience from WWII to present-day Afghanistan, as well as other parts of the world. They all give the same advice. I am grateful
7/ because I remember a time when the advice of veterans was not sought at all. I remember when veterans were vilified as they came home from Vietnam. I remember listening to their descriptions of their injuries. Their lifelong pains and sufferings. The effect of War on their
8/ families. I'm seeing some of these parallels occurring with all #Resisters. So it only stands to reason that the mechanisms that veterans used to cope are the same mechanisms that we should use ourselves:

1) Remember that we are alive. And being alive means we must live.


2) Celebrate the lives of your family, friends, your loved ones, everything you love in life. Because that's what we
10/ live for and that is what we fight for. If your neighbors child has a birthday, shower that child with love. That child is the reason you exist. We Exist not just for ourselves but for each other. We are a team. We are a squad. We are a squadron. We win. We don't have the
11/ luxury of losing. Much less losing our minds or our bearings. And we damn sure don't have the luxury of losing our sense of purpose.

We must never forget that we have a unified sense of purpose.

That is crucial to surviving, thriving and winning in the face of adversity.
12/ 3) SELF-CARE. Need I say more? 😸. I think I need to say a little more. Eat well, sleep well, rest well, meditate, pray, read for pleasure, give the bad news a break as it will be here when you return to it, give the good news a chance to sink in and buoy you. These things
13/ keep us motivated to fight like hell and #Resist like hell everyday, all day. We will all be here to resist together, but if one of us needs a rest, that one should take a rest. But remember, we cannot afford to all get worn out at once such that we all need to simultaneously
14/ or there will be none of us left standing to do any of the fighting. Take turns. Stand watch. Stand Down. Another stands up. We keep an eye out for each other. We look out for each other. We take care of each other. We took care of each other when it was easier. We take care
15/ each other when it gets harder.

And above all, #Unity must be maintained. Our successes have been based upon our being a united front. Thus, our defeats will be based upon being a fragmented, ragtag front, porous enough for Trump to punch a hole through.

I'm not letting
16/ that happen and I know the rest of you will not let that happen, either. We didn't get this far together in order to falter now. So if you buy a pair of socks, let me know, and you and I can celebrate those fuc*ing socks together. Any of us have birthdays coming up? Let the
17/ rest of us know so we can all tweet in the fuc*ing streets together. You have a joke to tell? Tell it. We all need a laugh together. Have you suffered a loss? Share it. Now more than ever, we need to share them together. Call each other. Talk to one another. Listen to one
18/ another. Cry on each other's shoulders if you feel the need to do so. Some of us need to hit a heavy bag. We should do so. We should do everything the vent their frustration and the negative emotion so that we stay centered on the positive. We are being assaulted by far too
19/ much of this Monster's negativity. Yes, there are more monsters than him. Many more snakes. But this is the fuc*ing head of the snake. This is who we have to stay focused on. This is who we have to take out with our votes. And we have a lot to do between now and then.
20/ we owe it to ourselves and each other to take care of ourselves and one another. We are all in this together. We forget that, and we hang alone. We know this to be true. This will not be our truth. We have defined our Truth. We stay true to it by living it. Every single day.
Thank you, @Red_eyedjedi, SFC Jason E. Dunlap, 2020 presidential candidate, for your service, advice, perspective and your friendship. 😺✊💪💥
Thanks, Pat. 😺💞✊
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