Buckle Up

Is the reelection of the President the end of the American Constitutional Republic as we know it?  I have tried to digest a wide swath of opinions from far right, to middle, to left… from pundits to average guys like me.  Just like the country as a whole after this divisive election, there is no consensus.  There is a palpable malaise though coming from liberty-minded people.

I copied this text in full to remind you, if you are depressed, angry, upset, or lost because of how the election went this is but one battle in a long war of ideas.  Don’t get down on yourself or your principles as a result because of a single election.  Things could be far worse.

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

Thomas Paine

Ready yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, but most importantly spiritually for a long slog.  If it weren’t hard, then we wouldn’t cherish the victory when all is said and done.  Looking forward, I believe that you and I just need inspiration to see it through… look to the writings of Thomas Paine, of the Founding Fathers, look to the scripture, and the writings of the martyrs.  You can even look to Hollywood because every so often they get it so right that they don’t even know it.

I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?

Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom.

Paraphrased from Braveheart

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