It's ok to lose.
As the government shutdown came and went faster than me attending an event that starts at 11pm, I started thinking about losing. Losing a fight, losing an election, losing something you have worked hard to achieve. And that's when I realized that the driving force behind our current political climate is as simple as the fear of losing.
As I was listening to this week's Pod Save America (THE BEST POD), they helped break down the government shutdown as essentially a fight over immigration, and most notably, the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. DACA recipients came here as CHILDREN, through no fault of their own, and now their whole lives literally hang in the balance. Imagine a child saying "No thanks Mom and Dad. You do you, I'm going to ride it out here by myself." Did that sound unbelievable? Good - BECAUSE IT IS. And what is truly unbelievable is how anyone is against providing them with their legal rights to stay in the US. But then it dawned on me like every time I put together a plot twist in Scandal (of course that's the twist. it's so obvious in hindsight!): the reason politicians are wavering in their support is because they fear losing their current position of power more than they care about doing what is right. And that is terrible to say out loud. If you have political capital, then you should use it do what is right. I WISH I had political capital. But I don't think I'll ever get it because I suffer from "Rage-Face." It's that thing where your actual face turns into the angry face emoji because someone is explaining to you why it's ok for them to take your rights away.
What has been frustrating about this current issue is seeing so many politicians trying to wiggle their way out of a firm stance supporting DACA because of their fear of losing. So I have put together this public service announcement to ANY politician who is worried about getting re-elected: maybe stop acting like a spoiled child from "My Super Sweet 16" and realize that this is not all about you. Here's a fun game, let's play out the worst-case politician scenario: you support DACA and lose your re-election bid. To which I say: So what? So what if you lose? Your life will go on. You will still have opportunities and SO. MANY. CONNECTIONS. You will still be remembered for having served your country. And in the end, you can be proud that you used your power to do something for the greater good, even if that meant you had to sacrifice your personal political future.
My one request to the politicians we have: try to remember that it is "WE THE PEOPLE," not you by yourself.