Neville Longbottom won the house championship for Gryffindor at Hogwarts. He was a clumsy, pudgy, forgetful, unlikely hero, but he was willing to fight his friends to do what was right.
"There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."
Sometimes I think Harry Potter was a stupid, arrogant child to think he could save the world. But he was destined to be the hero, which makes me angry at destiny playing with people's insignificant, little lives. Perhaps I identify a little too strongly with Harry? However, we need Nevilles. The US really needs Republican Nevilles right now.
We also clearly need Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Keith Olbermann, John Oliver, Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert, moms fighting for kids' education and school lunches, old people with hiking sticks, scientists with pocket protectors, and people with pussy hats. They are all heroes, yet we also need people on the other side of the fight to be heroes too because with all branches of the US government in the hands of one party, these are the people who can best stand up to the current insanity.
Most Americans agree on major issues. Dumping sludge in streams is a bad idea. Kids need to go to school. Old people and the disabled need social security. Issue after issue, Americans agree about our major goals. We can disagree about some specifics, but our goals are mostly the same.
There are Republicans in Congress and on the courts who know that the current fascist moves of the T white house are wrong. A few have spoken up, but how many others are waiting and fearing on the sidelines without truly representing the people? How many representatives avoid home town hall meetings because they know the voters are mad and afraid?
I'm asking Republicans to do what's right. Be informed of what's going on beyond Fox News. Encourage nonpartisan reviews of illegal, unpatriotic actions.
Do you really want to be remembered for being in Voldemort's party? Remember, the different Hogwarts houses came together in the end. Slitheran Severus Snape is remembered in the end as one of the greatest heroes. I'm not asking you to sing Kumbaya, wear a pussy hat, and agree with Democrats on everything. Just speak up against insanity.
Bro2 and I lunched and this is his contribution to "heroic". We didn't vote the same in the election, but I totally agree with his take on the topic. We're both engrossed and disgusted with current events. Let's all of us, on every side of it, speak up and do what we can whether we're Neville, Harry, or Severus.