Now that the Health Care bill has passed and all those nasty little details Americans would have liked to know about beforehand are turning up, conservatives have a large task ahead of them. Some of them have been mumbling to us, and some of them, like Paul Ryan, have been downright inspirational. However, I’m a little concerned about the mumblers,

Listen to Spidey: “Anyone can win a fight when the odds are easy! It’s when the going gets tough–when there seems to be no chance–that’s when it counts!”

and the affect they’ll have on people who are primed for action if someone would just speak clearly. And, since I suppose the mumblers are only going to grow in numbers over the coming months, I think the answer is to dismiss them outright and concentrate on the following: Comic Books!

People make fun of comic books all the time, but there are a lot of life lessons one can glean from them if they look in the right place. Take Amazing Spider-Man #33, for instance. For those of you who are not nerds, I’ll break it down quickly and easily for you:

  • Spider-Man is trapped under tons of metal and his Aunt’s life depends on success in freeing himself from the rubble and getting medicine to her that is just out of reach. Period.

Faced with seemingly impossible odds, it’s always easy to give up and just live with the consequences (or perhaps die with the consequences…) How many times during your life have you felt the weight of the world on your shoulders and wanted to just throw your hands in the air and call it quits? How easy is it to just walk away? Years ago I was listening to Rush Limbaugh talk about bookstores and the rows of self-help sections on how to become a more positive person—and the complete and utter absence of books on how to tone it down and become more pessimistic. That’s because nothing is easier than looking at a problem and coming to the conclusion that the odds are too long. It’s hard to look deep down inside yourself, find that mettle that you never knew you had, and charge forward with the grit and determination needed to make it through life’s long slogs.

If conservative leaders aren’t leading—forget them. Find new leaders, become one yourself, or encourage the grassroots to take matters into their own hands. The time for finger-pointing and in-fighting is over. Take off those mind-forged manacles and realize that you and your friends and family have much more power than you realize if you just have faith, patience, persistence, and a positive attitude.

Now get there and win this thing… cause Mickey loves ya!

“If you ever get hurt and you feel like you’re going down, a little angel is going to whisper in your ear, ‘Get up you sonofab*tch!—Cause Doug loves ya!'”
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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

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