Struggling to keep your head up in these dark times?

Me too.

Right now the news is full of incidents of pro-Trump thugs venting their pent up racism upon American Muslims, Latinos and women. The KKK is having “victory marches” in favor of the man who would call himself our next president, and all that is ugly about our country is suddenly thrust in our faces.

But this is not all that is America.

We have been bad—sure, and we should never whitewash our history. However, we have also been very good. Americans have welcomed immigrants. Americans have faced down tyrants. Americans have aided the poor and the needy. And Americans have landed on the moon. Perfection is naturally beyond us, but good is still within us. We have faced far worse than Trump in our past, and we are prepared to face far worse than Trump in our future if that’s what’s necessary to keep our nation free.

In this, we are no different than the generations of Americans before us who had the common wisdom to see the right and the courage to take action. And we, the good folks, are not alone. Hundreds of racist incidents, you say? Yes. But look at the hundreds of thousands of protesters and millions of acts of daily kindness across our great land. We are Americans, and this is what that truly means!

There is a particular piece of music that helps inspire me in times like this and I would like to share it. It is a piece of music that reminds me that we come from a long line of good people who faced fear and uncertianty with courage and determination. And time and again, we have pushed back the darkness.

The music is Aaron Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man.

Written during the dark days or World War II, Aaron Copland wrote a fanfare, not for presidents or generals or others of the high and mighty class. No. He wrote it for the common man (as in mankind), and he wrote it in a time of uncommon sacrifice. For it is always the American of humble origin who works, and struggles, and sufferers only to get up the next morning and do it again for the good of others. In World War II, it was the common American worker who toiled in the factory to build an arsenal for democracy. It was the common American homemaker who raised children alone while a loved one went off to fight. And it was the common American service member who fought and died far from home to create a new world for us all.

We are just as common, just as hard working, just as dedicated, and just as brave as those Americans who came before us; for it was they who raised us under that flag of freedom, and we must pledge ourselves to see that it never falls. No dictator can rule over such a people for long and none ever will. For we are the common man, and our struggles continue to deserve fanfare.

Please click on the link below any time you need inspiration.


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