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Let me make one thing clear: I want my participation on Daily Kos to bring hope to this community with regard to our own activism.

I read this comment from my diary that got overlooked.

Hope...you give it to me today. No matter how (2+ / 0-)

often I think it is dead to me, patriots like you always revive it.  Thank you!

I thought that it was a good, long diary, so you can read it right here. If you are ever feeling down or if you need motivation for your activism, then you might want to read it again or you can refer to it. I might have to read it again myself.

Below the jump is what gives me hope. It should give you hope as well.

This diary links to videos from elsewhere because I don't want to take up too much bandwidth.

I loved it when Luke Skywalker blew up the Death Star. It was pretty cool when I was a kid and it still is now.

I loved it when Alan Grayson said, "Don't Get Sick." It reminds me that some people can put up a fight in Congress for the right reasons.

I loved it when Commander Adama said, "So say we all." This was after the human race faced a surprise nuclear attack in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries.

I loved it when Dan Savage started making "It Gets Better" videos. He started making a difference in the lives of others.

I loved it when President Bartlet spoke up against homophobia. It's too bad that it was only on television from an actor.

I loved it when Senator Franken spoke out against KBR's criminal activities. It should have gotten 100% support in the Senate.

I loved it when Mr. Smith filibustered the Senate. At least he did it for the right reasons, unlike some other less savory Senators.

I loved it when Michael Moore went to Wall Street before the protesters. He was ahead of the game, no doubt about that.

I loved it when Colin Firth played the King of England and gave his speech. It motivated me to get into public speaking recently.

I loved it when the stuttering King of England gave speeches. Wait, didn't I cover that?

Oh, that's right. My point is that there are many sources of inspiration from art as well as in life. We'll have to remember that.

Please remember this as well. I will remind you that there are patriots still out there in real life and we are willing to fight for our progressive causes. Never forget that.

This will be a Christmas (or Holiday gift if one prefers) for this community: hope.

Update: I need to diversify hope a bit.

I loved it when Senator Gilibrand stood up against DADT. It was commendable for so many others.

I loved it when President Obama brought the troops back from Iraq. At least he didn't keep them there past this year.

I loved it when Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House. Say what you want, but she's better than the current Speaker.

I loved it when Elizabeth Warren destroyed the Republican position on taxation. Let's run with that in 2012.

I loved it when Hillary Clinton spoke gracefully at the DNC Convention in 2008. Despite that bloody Primary challenge, she showed such character.

Upate 2:

I loved it when this little girl railed against pink toy marketing to girls. This provides evidence that some kids out there are capable of critical thinking at an early age. I have high hopes that this girl will one day fight for equality.

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  •  A commendable community role, indeed! (1+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus


    Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob the world. Nationalize the bastards.

    by Pluto on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 02:55:10 PM PST

  •  Updated to include (2+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus, marykk

    President Obama and leading female figures Senator Gillibrand, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Secretary Clinton, and future Senator Warren.

  •  As a former speech teacher (1+ / 0-)
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    nerve

    I thank you. And wish you the best of the season.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 07:20:43 AM PST

    •  Thank you. There is a reason why I do this. (1+ / 0-)
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      marykk

      If you've read my personal diaries, you would know some things about myself. I was formerly, seriously shy while being highly introverted. I recently started going to Toastmaster's International to boost my confidence in public speaking further. I am getting involved in political volunteering and I truly expect to get a job in Washington DC to fight on behalf of progressives.

      You probably didn't know that, which is what makes your comment all the more special.

      Happy holidays to you as well!

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