For, dear me, why abandon a belief
Merely because it ceases to be true?
Cling to it long enough, and not a doubt
It will turn true again, for so it goes.
Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favor
As I sit here, oftentimes, I wish
I could be monarch of a desert land
I could devote and dedicate forever
To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
The Black Cottage
It has taken me a week to sit down and write this column. It is not that I have been too busy or too lazy. Those are normal excuses for normal times. No, this week I have not wanted to write. I have not wanted to speak about politics or elections, and I especially have not wanted to think deeply about the state of our nation.
What just happened? How can this be? How can this abject failure, this liar, this one who holds nothing but enmity for our Constitution, win re-election? A week later and I still cannot get my mind around it. I cannot accept that our national mood is what it, in fact, is. But my acceptance is not needed, for reality has slapped us all hard in the face.
So what now? Where do we go from here? Do we purge the Conservatives and drive them out? Do we pretend to be for that which is wrong on principal? Or perhaps we should just refuse to ever talk about those more embarrassing beliefs of ours like traditional marriage and the sanctity of life again (sarcasm intended). I passionately disagree with all of these theories. I don’t think that now is a time for strategizing. That will come, and soon. But it is too early now and mere tactics are too small for the extreme danger we find ourselves in.
As I stated in my column of two weeks ago, our root problem is the mindset of some fifty nine million of our fellow Americans. They passionately believe that government is the answer to their problems. They believe this just as strongly as we conservatives believe that it is not. In their own misguided way, these Americans are also seeking freedom. Having had all their traditions, family, religion, and all aspects of the history that they can be proud of, torn down, they find themselves ripped up by the roots.
This ripping and tearing is oftentimes accomplished by the very government they would now trust. Having been left in such a state they are now part of the lonely crowd, a part of a mass of individuals without real community, aware that they matter to no one.
The never ending government and media assault on traditional religion, on truly free markets proposed by Adam Smith, on family, and on small political communities, has set the individual free from nearly everything. But that freedom is a terrifying thing. They are like babes freed into a world fraught with hazards. In reaction against this negative liberty, the confused and resentful masses incline toward any fanaticism that might relieve their loneliness-up to and including the totalist state with its lies and delusions. These individuals are unknowingly seeking escape from the freedom of impersonality, secularism, and hyper-individualism.
Thus they reach out for humanitarianism and caring from the most cold and impersonal of sources-the state. This total state means to ultimately destroy all rivals to its power and to subordinate all human relationships to its might. This state has in the past (Fascism, Nazism, and Communism) proven that it is not constructive but ruinous.
We must win some of those that voted for Obama back to our side along with the fourteen million that did not vote. We must win them soon. If this last election proved anything, it proved that we can no longer be heard through the noise by quoting the founders or using words like freedom, liberty, and personal responsibility. These words are not effective with a populace that has no basis from which to identify with them. We must help them find that basis. No political movement, not even conservatism, can do this on its own. Instead we must strive first and foremost to introduce these people, through our actions more than our words, to the one person because of whom by whom and for whom mankind may still have peace and hope, the person of Jesus Christ.
Chris Skates is the author of the novel, Going Green: For Some It Has Nothing To Do With The Environment. He has been published in dozens of national magazines and has authored multiple technical articles in his field of Chemistry. You can follow his blog at www.chrisskates.com