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Up From the Ashes; America's Can-do Spirit

We all go through 'stuff'; great stuff, good stuff, bad stuff, sad stuff... whatever we are going through, we never give up, never give in

Hooverville - a shantytown built by the destitute during the Great Depression

Hooverville - a shantytown built by the destitute during the Great Depression

Can-Do Spirit

I recently watched the movie ‘Cinderella Man’.

I saw it years ago when it first came out and I remember liking the movie, but I never gave it much thought other than, it was entertaining with a great cast.

This time after watching it, I had a whole different perspective!

In fact, this movie just made my Top Eleven list. Yes, Top Eleven, I can’t bring myself to demote those movies already there, they each hold a special place in my heart.

Enough sap!

I backed the movie up a few times, because my mind wandered off in so many directions, I'd not be properly engaged with the next scene and would miss something crucial.

On and on that went, a distracting pattern developed, but I did manage to get through to the end.

James J. Braddock, {although his middle name was actually Walter} dubbed Cinderella Man, a blue-collared, hard-working, family man, living in the midst of the Great Depression.

A man who not only fought through trying times with a strong work ethic, but at the same time, wasn't too proud to ask for help. He was a fighter, in every sense of the word - as in, he had a talent, he could box.

That talent would not only benefit him and his family, it would become the silver lining, the glimmer which represented hope, benefiting countless others, during those dark and trying years.

Any movie which portrays ‘The Great Depression’ and reflects what my Grandparents and many, many others went through during the 1930’s, here in the United States of America, humbles me, every time!

I have been down, here of late, wondering about the future of our amazing Country, one which has fought its way back so many times, but I am beginning to have some doubts...

Do we still have that same, can-do spirit and drive, within us?

I am beginning to wonder how many still believe that the United States of America, is worth fighting for

America has been unjustly targeted and pummeled over and over for so long now, she is wobbly, can she continue to stay on her feet?

Second Chances

From the Ashes

We are not in a good place right now, no doubt about it.

I don‘t know if we are headed toward anything like those horrific years of the Great Depression or if another Civil War is in our future, God forbid...but our Nation’s Capital is currently in lockdown, behind barbed wire, on guard from what they see as their biggest threat...the American people!

The man now living in the White House is closely monitored, his handlers are on pins and needles with his every word, {though limited and scripted} nevertheless, those few words are anything but, unifying and healing.

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His very first actions were to put more Americans out of work!

Those still hanging in, some barely holding on, just had their knuckles, already white from holding on so tightly, bloodied-

our newfound energy independence, within a matter of minutes, with the sweep of a revengeful and spiteful pen, was smashed to pieces.

There is talk of the National Guard staying on in large numbers in our Nation’s capital, indefinitely!


Unlike my Grandparents who were caught off guard by the Great Depression, we can see the changes; read the tea leaves, see the writing on the wall, we can prepare.

Those before us, didn’t have the many warning signs that we have.

Many of our fellow citizens are going through some bleak and tough times right now, the early 2020’s have not been kind to us thus far, but thus far, the bread lines are limited. Thus far, Fathers and Mothers, in need of feeding their families, aren’t showing up in droves for a day’s wages for a day’s work down on the docks.....

So many have lost everything; not just their family businesses, in many cases, businesses which have been passed down for generations!

Many have lost businesses which they’ve started up and have put everything into; their life savings, their heart and their soul - time away from family, needed to build up those businesses -

and while their lives have had to be rearranged, downsized, placed on hold, what of their employees?

Those that count on them to keep their doors open?

Do some of these Mayors, Governors, policy-makers, career politicians, that have turned so many lives upside down, get it, do they even have a clue?

Over a long period of lock down and shut down and mandates and fines and threats; entrepreneurs, business owners, hard working law-abiding American citizens, have lost their innate can-do-spirit; including their will to fight.

Many have lost their will to live!

Due to many factors; primarily the pandemic (which by the way, is nearly 100% survivable) but in that/through that...opportunity for the spiteful and the greedy and the all-to-powerful, to refuse to see the plight of their fellow man, their neighbors, their constituents - but rather, the opportunities it does bring:

To kick self-motivated individuals, entrepreneurs, hard workers, while they are down. Those Americans who choose to make their own way, stand on their own two feet, because they do not bow down to the altar of big Gov, must be taught a lesson, shown whose boss

To hurt a President's legacy, keep him forever in a bad light, kick him while he is down and never let up! Because they didn’t/don't make room for a man, all about the people and to broadcast, that any such future endeavors, will be mightily nipped in the bud

In order to move up in the ranks. Gain a few notches in the pecking order that is a corrupt Washington D.C.

All of the above?

Jimmy Braddock, in his darkest moments must have felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. He had his own family to support, his own issues of making ends meet and would eventually come to the realization, that he did not carry the weight of the world, but, in him, his gift, brought hope to so many of his fellow Americans.
In him, they found their silver lining.
If he could find a way to rise from the ashes, then so could they!

No More Watered Down Milk

A Modern Day Cinderella Man

I think that Donald Trump will go down in history as a modern day version of a Cinderella Man.

It won’t happen today or tomorrow, he has been exiled by ostracism, but in time -

The majority of the people aren't behind this move toward radical socialism/communism, more Government intrusion into their lives, all designed to discourage and hold them back and to nix any antiquated idea of following one’s American dream.

In President Trump, they found a silver lining, a glimmer of hope, that our best days are not behind us. Our having and working toward our American dream, is not an antiquated idea.

Our Country is worthy of praise, it’s okay to be patriotic and to display pride in that fact.

Through him they saw their potential and America’s potential, it was front and center, not a second thought, not an after thought, but rather, the focus!

Something other than, business as usual in D.C., took away from business as usual in D.C. and the D.C. insiders couldn’t have that!

Before we ever heard the name Corona virus, our economy was rocking and rolling once more.
We witnessed a return of manufacturing jobs; plants and factories were no longer empty, dead or dying eyesores, to be passed by on rural routes, without a second glance or thought.

The Keystone Pipeline project was no longer stalled, but up and running, providing many jobs and opportunities, benefiting so many people, in so many ways.

Energy independence in the U.S.A., think about that....

Through Trump we achieved energy independence, no longer beholden to foreign Governments and the games they play.

But, the new man in D.C. is changing all of that, quicker than you can say,

C i n d e r e l l a!

For a time, the people had a true ally, some hope for our future, in Donald John Trump.

D.C. insiders feared the 45th President of the United States, with every ounce of their being and they never stopped trying to turn the people against him.
So many lies were fed to us through the media, both through mainstream and social and at this moment in time, they seem to have won in their effort.

The all out effort to destroy his name, to pin things on him that just weren’t true and to place a giant wedge between him and the people.

They needed Donald Trump taken out, knocked out, stopped dead in his tracks and so, that’s what they did!

But, at what cost?

Being Down Doesn’t Mean You’re Out


I believe

In time, those that bought into the all out effort to take out one man, will finally see the truth.

We can change our course again, we hold the power.

We now know that many things need to change in order to protect our future and the future of our kids and our grand kids...starting with getting a handle on our elections.

They must be fair, there must be consistency.

State laws must be followed, there cannot be last minute diversions; fair and proper monitoring must be invested in, we can never again allow for shell games to be played in our elections.

I’ve had a recurring dream of a massive press conference in which many whistleblowers, that we haven’t heard from yet, come forward, explaining the various ways in which the election was manipulated.

I don’t know if that dream will come to a reality, but I do know that dreams do, occasionally, come true.

They did for James J. Braddock.

The idea/dream of a self-governing, land of opportunity for all, the United States of America, did come true.

That too is a reality and it must no longer be dismissed or made insignificant!

There are millions of us, that are not about to give up on this Country for something which has repeatedly failed people, throughout history.

We may be wobbly, but we are not about to give up now!

Up from the ashes.....


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 27, 2021:

I will do that. I know that my husband would enjoy hearing about the 'smack talk' ;) Thanks for the suggestion.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on January 27, 2021:

AB- if you can, get the audio book Cinderella Man. The last 20 minutes contain an audio interview with Braddock a couple of years prior to his passing. I found it at a local library so maybe you wouldn’t even need to buy it if your local had one on the shelf. He discusses at length his fight with Max Bear, the things they said to each other in the ring during the fight etc. that alone makes it worth your time.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on January 27, 2021:

Thanks for adding the deli scene. Gets me every time.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 25, 2021:

I had to add the scene discussed earlier. Now it is complete. :)

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on January 25, 2021:

I love that scene as well, I should have included it. Darn.

To further expound on that scene, it wasn't an empty promise, far from it, he never forgets that promise made to his son that day.

Thank you Leland!

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on January 25, 2021:

Super article AB. You evoke lots of thoughts, lots of ideas; too many to go into here, but I wanted to say Cinderella Man is one of my favorites too. My favorite scene is when his little boy steals the sausage from the deli. Braddock makes him return it, then kneels down eye to eye with his son and says, “I’ll never send you away.” The kid stole because he was afraid he’d be sent away because they had no food. Very powerful film an a very appropriate point of reference considering the times. Thanks for the good read

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