Once again a presidential election looms. And indeed, the phrase “elections have consequences” is being bandied about as it always is every four years at this time. Only now, considering the abject destruction wrought by Barack Obama and his minions to our economy, our culture, our security, the rule of law and our way of life over the past eight years, we really are staring directly into the abyss. G-d forbid, if Hillary Clinton is elected, I don’t see a way back. Ever. Yet even if Donald Trump should win, I don’t see how he can put the brakes on, let alone reverse course. The great Thomas Sowell says it best:
The question, then, to my way of thinking, is how the hell did we get here? We elected George W. Bush and he became the most profligate spender until the coming of his successor. We had McCain and then Romney forced on us, held our noses and voted. The Tea Party movement then gave the GOP historic midterm victories in 2010 and 2014 in what were rightly identified as consequential elections, and what did that party do? Not only cede its Constitutional authority and duty to check Obama, but willingly created what is basically an all powerful ruler.
When you not only get zero support from the people you help elect, but are actively scorned and derided as rubes, hobbits and whack-o birds, the natural conclusion is to, as my friends over at Ace of Spades say, “let it burn.” And yet here we are with America on the ropes. Four weeks from Election Day. Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
So, assuming Trump wins (two terms plus two more for Mike Pence, please [that gets me to age 72]), what can we do to make elections less consequential? Let me rephrase that – what can I do to make elections less consequential? To answer that question, you have to recognize that a 100-year coup to overthrow the nation as founded has taken place. The hijacking of academia that started at least 40 years ago has resulted in the lobotomizing of our national identity and values (exacerbated by the passing of older generations of Americans and with them our collective memory). The default mindset of too many Americans is that the country as founded is illegitimate, Judeo-Christianity is oppressive/evil and we must atone.
With all that against us, it is we as individuals that have to shoulder the responsibility to take a stand with family, friends or whomever to set the record straight, every day and not just in election years. I can hear the moans and groans, but what else is there? Forget the personalities and the bullshit – get to the philosophy and the ideology. Again, this is not a one-off deal. This means being in the rhetorical trenches every day, to counteract narratives and propaganda with facts, history and common sense. It’s a constant battle and it’s tiring. But it’s the only way. Of course, there are people you won’t reach. Maybe even most of them are a lost cause. But if you can convince even one person to at least think about what your saying, it’s a victory.
I don’t know, maybe I’m sounding like a complete naif. After living through the last eight years it’s hard not to just give up, knuckle under and endure a metaphorical curb-stomping of indeterminate length. But I won’t. What’s happening to my beloved country is hateful. We have to do something. I have to do something. Lao-Tzu said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”