Well, there’s not way to sugar-coat it…it was a beating..it was a thumpin’…it was brutal.
For those of us who want new jobs than more new Food Stamp recipients, it’s a tough day.
For those of us who believe people who work hard and build their own business, who contribute to the nation’s economy, should be allowed the maximum fruits of their labor; for those who understand that wealth is not created by government jobs, but is created in the private sector; for those who know that the future of the country is not secured by a never-ending stream of takers and a dwindling number of creators it’s a tough day.
So…it’s hard to wake up this morning to what we hoped had only been a bad dream last night. That feeling of ‘oh no…it really is true’ settled on our heads in the early hours of the day as we got up to take care of families and go to jobs to pay for all those who don’t.
Now that my little pity party is done, let me tell you what I know.
America is still the greatest, grandest country on the face of the earth.
It’s bigger and better than any single person who wishes to tear it down.
But America is great because America is good. And, as de Tocqueville said, “if America ever ceases to be good, it will cease to be great.”
The answers we’re looking for are not found in politics. Politics is the fruit of who we are. The answers are found in culture…in the hearts of the American people.
What happens at the ballot box is the result of what’s happening in our hearts.
So, what is disappointing and disheartening about the election results has less to do with who was elected than it has to do what what it says about us.
We get what we deserve. We get what we are.
“In my anger, I gave you a king” is a phrase that has been ringing in my head.
As we move ‘forward’ it would be best for us to not look at the pundits and experts of today to help us, but rather to look to our founders and founding and grounding as a nation. The answers are there, but they likely talk about such arcane things as sacrifice, selflessness, hard work, delayed gratification, and living for something other ourselves.
The answer is a secret in the sense that it solves the problem, but it is not hidden. It is not hard to find.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation, Benjamin Franklin was asked “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
Benjamin Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
We still have the greatest country on earth.
If we can keep it.