The London Lesson

There’s a lot going on right now:  The GOP tax bill would devastate our nation in ways that will take decades to amend.   Net Neutrality,  which keeps our democracy healthy by providing the ability for all of us to freely access any information, without regard to economic status, it is currently being threatened. We have a President who openly attacks the 4th estate, the entity which keeps the government accountable and operates on one of the foundations of American values.

It’s exhausting.

There is, however, a beacon of inspiration to which we can turn. Hitler’s decision to Blitz

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St. Paul’s Cathedral miraculously survived the German bombing.  Courtesy BBC News

the city London was founded on the idea that Britain would eventually get tired and capitulate to the dictator.  From September 1940 to May 1941, whether it was day or night, German airplanes dropped bomb after bomb after bomb on the city in an attempt to tire its people and government.  Children were sent out of the area to relatives further north.  The Tube was opened up as a makeshift bomb shelter where thousands gathered for protection.  Docks were targeted during low tide so that water to fight the fires was scarce and maximum damage inflicted.  Yet, Londoners never yielded.

It is certain they too were exhausted.  Weary from fighting fires.  Weary from rationed food. Weary from losing friends or loved ones to the bombings.  Weary from lack of sleep due to air raid sirens at all hours of the day.  Weary from taking care of the wounded or elderly.  Weary from worry.  Yet, they never yielded.

While we do not face the physical destruction wrought upon those staunch, stubborn, glorious Londoners, we do currently face attacks on our freedoms and democracy on a daily basis. (I’ll note that part of the danger is that since the attacks are not physical, a large portion of our citizenship has simply turned away, turned the t.v. off, and choosen not to pay attention at all.)   But for those of us who are attentive, who are writing and calling and donating, and fighting for all we’re worth, we must continue until we’ve turned the tide to a more equal, more kind government.

We cannot afford to let up once.  We cannot allow our children’s future to be rent with destructive economic policies.  We cannot give up fighting for the health of our planet and the value of our natural resources.  We cannot concede our democracy to the oligarchy any more than those Londoners could not concede to Hitler’s Germany.

Be encouraged, fellow American.  There are others who’ve faced grievous circumstances only to have their resolve strengthened, their mettle tested and refined to an even stronger element.  When you are tired, when you feel lambasted at every level by attempts to undo all that our nation has stood for, think of those Londoners who stayed the course and demonstrated to their adversary that no amount of bombs would propel them to surrender.

#Resist.

Frankie Wallace

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About Frankie Wallace

Frankie earned her BA in History from CSU Chico. She lives in northern California with one husband, two dogs, and three boys. Frankie is an avid cooker, reader, hiker, and napper.
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