By Rick Newton -
"We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times." - George Washington
Oh, how I wish it was only a bad dream. But reality bites hard sometimes, and the ‘bite marks’ were still there this morning – probably more agonizing than when I thought I couldn’t take it any longer last evening before retiring for a less than restful sleep. Last evening’s nightmare was, in fact, very real. And what makes it even scarier is that so many clueless American voters were of the impression that they are now positioned to achieve the bastardized "American dream."
And true to form, these uninvolved, uninformed, and uneducated sheeple – people who couldn’t begin to tell you their respective legislative districts, the candidates on the ballot, the values/beliefs of those same candidates, our nation’s most important priorities, or how our freedoms were originally won and courageously defended on so many occasions – offered their votes in utter ignorance and literally spit on the graves of those who have given so much for this nation.
And that, unfortunately, is the reality that continues to bite us today. As tempting as it is to curse the sheeple by saying “to hell with you”, it not only would fall on deaf, ignorant ears, but more importantly, it would play into the hands of the likes of the Obama-led politicos who would love nothing more than for Americans who understand what is at stake to surrender their convictions and concede defeat to those who exist solely to undermine freedom. It’s that simple and it’s our choice.
Many people have and will be opining as to how this election – the one that would hopefully stop America’s out-of-control downward spiraling - was unable to correct our direction. And as annoying and wrong as many of the pundits were in the pre-election process, it wasn’t the fault of Dick Morris, Karl, Rove, Michael Barone, or many who felt that for at least a moment, America would come to its senses long enough to apply a bandage to stop its uncontrolled bleeding.
Of course, the necessary corrective actions are not one-dimensional – the challenges are many and range from the short term in stopping the ‘bleeding’, to the long term in overcoming the cancerous malaise that has eroded our loyalties, our civility, our morality, our expectations of leadership, and maybe most importantly, the corruptive influence of liberalism on our public education system.
Today, as the millions of conservative activists who have taken root over the past four years, we need to lick our wounds, get past the anger, and rededicate our collective and individual commitments to this nation and the generations that will follow – after all, it’s theirs whose freedom is most at risk and their enlightenment that is uncompromisingly critical in continuing America’s commitment to freedom. To do otherwise is to allow the infamous words of Edmund Burke to ring true – “All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”
Our legacy cannot and will not be one which succumbs to evil. We are living in a leadership vacuum and it’s our duty to develop and sustain true leadership that will move our nation in the right direction with uncompromised values.
Rick Newton lives in Wayne, Illinois.