|(Barbara Kinney/Hillary for America)|
As the past year, months, weeks and days have shown us with escalating intensity, this truly is a difficult and uneasy time for our beloved republic.
It feels more and more like we're reaching undeniable pivot point in our history, when the choice between continuing toward the peaceful light or retreating into fearful darkness could not be more clear. And when I think about what's at stake...our liberties, our values, our happiness, our very lives...four words keep popping up in my mind:
Thank God for Hillary.
This could be taken as genuine thankfulness to an unknowable higher power for putting such a person on the planet right when we need her the most. Or perhaps it's simply a nonreligious sigh of relief that this incredibly strong woman stands in the way of a repugnant sociopath gaining access to nuclear weapons and instituting hate as national policy.
Whatever the case, we're very lucky to have Hillary Clinton fighting for us at this moment.
And remember: She didn't have to take on this awesome responsibility. It was a choice.
Hillary has learned firsthand over the past 25 years how difficult it is to run for president and how overwhelming the job is if you succeed. But she chose to do it anyway.
She could have easily passed on this massive challenge and comfortably lived these years writing books, working with her family foundation, and making some money on the paid speaking circuit without controversy along with other former Secretaries of State. And no one would have blamed her if she did. But instead, she chose to brave the incoming assault once again because her party, her country and the world needed her.
I don't know how she finds new strength every morning to resume this exhausting battle with love and kindness as her sword and shield, but again...thank God she does.
Perhaps this famous Methodist Church motto, which was the basis of a moving Morgan Freeman-narrated ad from earlier this year, is key to understanding her:
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
She is indeed the living embodiment of these words, and perhaps that's what "Thank God for Hillary" really means: She took the best values of her church to heart as a child, carries them with her to this day, and we're all benefiting as a result.
Devout believers, committed atheists and everyone in-between...rejoice!