Land of the free
Home of the brave
Land of the free
Home of the brave
D3 Indivisible is founded on the principles of the Indivisible Guide with the implicit goal of championing progressive values and defending the U.S. Constitution through congressional advocacy.
The Indivisible Guide is a Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda created by Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
The following was written by D3 Advisory Board Member and Presidential Historian, William Steding, PhD, a former Senior Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and Colorado District 3 resident:
Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. launched a civil rights revolution with fewer resources than any of us has today. He had no money, no weapons, no statutory power, and no technology—no Internet, social media, cellphones, or even fax. But, he had authentic beliefs and convictions that resonated with millions of people, expressed as his “Dream.” What is your dream?
This means being able to take a hit and bounce back—stronger than ever. Work diligently on your physical, emotional, and intellectual strength. On your heart, mind, and body. Have go-to folks that can bolster your efforts in those areas where they are stronger than you. Take personal responsibility for your lot, however you define it. When the blow comes take the hit, get up, dust yourself off, and get ready to hit back. Make yourself, your family and community a hard target.
Channel your inner Hunter S. Thompson. Gonzo means that you should write all the rules down so you know what not to do. The vast majority of rules, frameworks, policies, and structures were adopted to protect those in power, not to protect or serve you. In the ascent from crisis, those who set aside tradition and define their world in their own terms will be profoundly successful and yes, much happier. When you face the inevitable admonishment “you can’t do that” or “that isn’t allowed,” simply respond: “Watch me.”
Rise above the rabble. Be wary of ideologies and theologies that practice judgment and condemnation. They are debilitating. Retain your free will. Read often and deeply; look for character, structure, and meaning. Pursue knowledge beyond your comfort zone. This is the best way to nurture the power of an opposable mind. An opposable mind is always open to new ideas that create solutions no one else has thought of.
High profiles are dangerous in periods of crisis and in the period of objectivism that follows. Humility and self-restraint are clearly preferable to hubris. There are many people who enjoy health, wealth, and happiness who never stick their head in front of the camera. Be like them.
When the proper balance of virtues are combined with other elements and resources to produce something beautiful. A state of grace then is the modality that produces beauty, whether it is an object, product, service, idea, writing, or public policy. Pierre-Auguste Renoir often argued that the most durable things in the world are those that are beautiful. Grace is the capacity to bring everything together in such a way that people say wow that is beautiful, or amazing, or just plain cool. A state of grace is achieved by bringing together authenticity, resilience, gonzo, transcendence, and stealth in just the right way to assure your destiny—which is a truly beautiful thing.
In President Trump’s inaugural address he said, “and this, the United States of America, is your country.”
Take him at his word; make it yours. Engage and unite with a calm sense of profound resilience.