Real Change, Real Hope, and Real Audacity
Several months ago, I was ready to give up on blogging politics. It seemed futile because, particularly here in the blogosphere, most people have already got their minds made up, and aren't interested in hearing any new facts because it might confuse them. The only critter on God's earth more stubborn than an NRA member defending the second amendment is a liberal Democrat defending his or her ignorance. There's simply no point in talking about it with them because they aren't interested in anything beyond their democratic dogma. If the facts don't fit, they junk the facts. There's no arguing with willful ignorance.
And I don't need to write this stuff for other conservatives. They already know it, just like I do, just like anybody with an open mind and a reverence for facts rather than feelings does. We know the truth; we live in the real world, not some fantasy where everybody will get everything they need because it's their right.
Conservatives know that the simple truth is that the world does not owe us a living. The lie at the heart of modern liberalism is that just by being born, we have a right to food, clothing, housing, medical care, an education, and God knows what else they've added to that list in the last ten minutes. None of these things are rights because if they were, then every animal born on the planet would have these rights as well. They don't. They have to fight to survive in a eat or be eaten struggle for existence that makes our deepest poverty look like luxury.
I've come to realize a second truth; the truth is an impotent weapon against the barrage of lies and propaganda force fed to US citizens on a daily basis. The battle for American culture has already been waged and lost. Liberals hold the education system in an iron grip. They control most of the media as well, and their working on getting a stranglehold on the flow of information.
They will succeed. They'll kill every outlet that doesn't lean their way, from talk radio to the internets, to insure that their message is the only one heard. The irony is that they will do so in the name of diversity. The tragedy is that the people of the United States will believe them, because they've been conditioned to.
Think about it. Just last night, a President who has spent more money in a month than President Bush spent on the entire Iraq war lectured us on fiscal restraint.
Were there any boos or cries of outrage? Nope. As long as Joe Public gets his $12 a paycheck and gets to vent about those damned corporations screwing the taxpayer, President Obama will find smooth sailing for his legislative plans.
I believe those plans will devastate everything that I find admirable and wonderful about America. Our freedom to succeed by our own efforts will be undermined. Our ability to do as we think best will be removed. Our ability to excel will be denied. Our ability to innovate and create will be choked off. Our ability to profit from our own ingenuity and hard work will be taken away. All of these precious things will disappear in the service of ensuring an equal outcome for all regardless of effort, talent, or inspiration.
The Democrats and our President have worked hard and long and effectively to demonize anyone who has succeeded. All I hear about is how those who have succeeded need to pay their fair share, an odd thing to hear since by any realistic measure, they are already paying more than their share. But the new standard of fair doesn't rest on anything real, just some nebulous concept of affordability. "They can afford it, so they should pay it," as if their money isn't their own. Nothing crushes innovation faster than realizing that the benefits of your sweat and inspiration will be given to some clod who never advanced past running a fryer at a fast food joint simply because you can afford to pay for his flat screen TV and he can't.
Again, that battle is lost.
But there really is hope. Not for the United States of America; that dream is over. All that's left is for the zombie to realize it's dead and fall down. But the people who made America what it was are still here. They've been beaten down, frustrated, reviled, and hated, but they are still here. In the military, where they learn that service to something greater than yourself is the most noble thing a man can do; in business, where they learned that perseverance, innovation, and ingenuity are still rewarded, and that doing something well is its own reward; in churches, where they learned to love God and their neighbor, and that right and wrong are not arbitrarily assigned based on fashion, but on moral absolutes given by God and proven over the centuries; in small towns, where they learned that self reliance and interdependence are two sides of the same coin. In all of these places and more, where they know that nobody owes you a living, but that we can all use a hand up from time to time, the American way still survives.
As this decadent and corrupt society crumbles down around us, wreaking terrible carnage as it goes, some of us will remain standing. Some of us will be here to rebuild. Some of us will have learned from the lessons of the past, and we will build a new nation from the ashes. That's hope based on the real world, not denial. That's change based on history, not some advertising campaign.
The audacity? Including myself in that group! But I'm an optimist, and I'm hoping I'll squeak by.
From a practical standpoint, that means there's going to be some changes around here.
There are things that I love in this world. My God, my family, my friends, science, math, books, music, gadgets, guns, and gizmos, and natural philosophy. These are the things I'll be focusing on from now on. I'm sure that the cares of the world will have an impact from time to time, but I'm going to be in the world, not of it. This world has nothing for me, so I will fix my attention where it is most profitable and least contentious.
And that means a name change as well. Shots Across the Bow echoed the concept of a warning shot. It was designed to tell people that here is where I stand, you may go this far and no farther. Unfortunately it was about as effective as a sandcastle trying to hold back the tide. It doesn't fit the new direction, so I'm looking for suggestions for a new title.
I expect to have the new site up in a week or two, (my wife/web designer is going to kill me for springing this on her) and this one will remain up indefinitely because I think (hope) I wrote some good things over the last several years.
Anyway, I hope you're looking forward to the changes. I know I am.
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Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
It is a place where you can cultivate your ideals while slowly letting them grow.