I’ll go ahead and admit it…I’ve got a little bit of a man-crush on Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw. For those that might not know, a man crush is what happens one man respects another man so much that it borders on envy. When you look at the history, actions, and character of former Navy SEAL and current Congressman Dan Crenshaw, it’s hard to not get a “case of the feels.”
I fully admit that I deeply admire the man. (Side note, before we continue: when there’s a mutual man crush, it evolves into a “bromance.” Don’t ask me to properly define what that is, but just know that one of my life goals is a bromance with Dan Crenshaw. That’s part of why I keep writing these articles.)
Since he was first elected, Crenshaw has become a paragon of truth and levelheadedness in Washington DC and has won over those he’s interacted with, including more than a few Liberals.
A Man Of Integrity
Because Crenshaw is almost the physical embodiment of the word “integrity,” and that’s a trait that can overcome even the most partisan of politics.
When he speaks, he speaks plainly, finding ways to connect with his audience. He has a gift for keeping politics (mostly) out of his personal conversations, so his message resonates with people regardless of their own persuasions.
But that’s what happens when you concentrate on facts and evidence instead of hearsay and emotions.
Now, it’s unclear where Crenshaw learned how to communicate so effectively. Was he simply born with it? Did he learn it as a SEAL? Or did he pick it up during his Master’s Program at Harvard? Regardless of where he mastered effective communication, it’s been a skill that has endeared him to the public and his colleagues alike.
However, his communication skills aside, what I admire most about Crenshaw is the fact that he leads in the most effective way possible: by example.
And that is definitely something he picked up during his time with the SEALs, and he’s written all about it in his new book, Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage.
During a recent discussion during a press junket to promote his book, Dan gave America a little bit of insight into what makes him tick, telling the interviewer what his book is all about. “The lesson is pretty simple,” Crenshaw said. “You have to challenge yourself and engage in self-imposed suffering in a habitual way.”
Why do we challenge ourselves? That’s simple: growth.
Our Job As Humans And Americans Is To Be Better
We can’t grow as people if we continue to do the same things in the same way, day-in and day-out.
Growth should be what we strive for daily, and it’s refreshing to hear a politician talk about something other than their own political agenda.
He continued, “When you do that, you do build the mental calluses you need. You build psychological strength. You build physical strength, and you need that to engage in the real world because the real world does hit you hard sometimes.”
This is a lesson a lot of the younger generations need to learn.
They’ve been coddled and often expect people to give them what they want without having to work for it. They’ve had a lifetime of getting their way, and it’s left them weak.
I haven’t had a chance to read Crenshaw’s book, but I do have it downloaded and I’m looking forward to reading it when I get a chance, so expect a more in-depth review coming soon.
For now, I hate to admit this, but this article doesn’t really have a point other than to say how awesome I think Dan Crenshaw is—and maybe persuade you into liking him as well.
He’s the right kind of politician for this time…
And America can use a LOT more like him.
Here’s hoping this article did the trick!
“If you think my idea is awful, you should say as much. But there is a difference between attacking an idea and attacking the person behind that idea.” – Dan Crenshaw