I had a conversation with a good friend the other day. We were commiserating on how the left seems to always have the upper hand in politics and the Republicans in government seem content to let them have their way. Then he said something that has stuck with me and is the reason for this essay.
He commented about how every reason we voted for President Trump and hoped for in the new administration will never come to pass. He said, (paraphrased) – The wall will never be built and the military will never enforce our borders. The corrupt politicians will never go to jail. The left will never stop stealing elections and President Trump will be defeated in 2020. We’re doomed.
I know that I’ve felt this way before and many of you have (or still do) the same frustration. It’s also discouraging for all the conservatives trying to fight the left on social media. Censorship, demonetization and banning removes our spot in the public square and eliminates our ability to dialogue with the left. Some on the right may think that is not important, but you never know when your words might find purchase in someone’s mind, be it the person you are talking to or someone just on the sidelines listening. Our voice has been squashed and yet the left can terrorize freely.
Should we despair when we see the massive in-your-face voter fraud by one political party that just occurred? Should we despair as each of President Trump’s decisions are reversed by one person pretending to be a fair and impartial judge? Should we despair when patriots are jailed for campaign finance laws that are perpetrated in an even more egregious manner by the left and they are not even investigated? Should we despair as we watch the hordes of intended illegal invaders arrive by the thousands for the purpose of storming the borders, causing mayhem and turning our country into a third-world shithole?
Should we despair?
Despair will touch us all at some time. What we do with it matters. Whether we let it consume us or we deal with it and continue, it will affect our lives and those we know and love.
Sometimes it helps to know what that despair is and where and why it is happening. Some of our despair is purposely orchestrated by the left in order to shut us down. They fuss and scream about some unimaginable horror whenever we think that we are gaining ground. We see them as being unhinged, which is quite often true, but it is also used to demoralize us as they are priming their base to action.
Then much of our despair is brought on by the seeming inaction of our government to keep their promises to us. We feel like we are expending our energy fighting to elect someone who will stand for us, scream that we want our country back as the founders created her, and for what? We have had some winning, but it often feels like a band aid on a massive open wound. We believe in law and order and when it fails us, when it benefits only the lawless, we despair.
What do we do? How can we hope to prevail?
Is hope for the weak? Is it a wishy-washy optimism; a reaction to adversity that will mean nothing and keeps us from reality? That is a hope defined as a wish for something to be true.
The hope that we need is defined as a desire with confident expectation of fulfillment. No matter the depths of darkness we find ourselves in, we can find a way out. We can see goodness every day in the interactions with family, friends and even strangers. Sure, there are creeps out there, but kindness can be found. We have available within the conservative community, many who are supportive, giving and compassionate.
But that is not always enough to pull us out of the despair we feel when our country is in danger. When my soul is disturbed at what I see happening to our country, I don’t want to lose hope. I cannot live without hope. At times, I have despaired and let it consume me. I will not allow myself to go to that dark place anymore. I look for reasons to hope. Here are a few glimmers of hope that I found in the last few days:
– President Trump tweeted an image that showed the current fence that was reinforced by the military. MJA posted it here.
– Texas contractor wins $145 million contract to build border wall in Rio Grande Valley. Here
– Trump signs executive order launching voter fraud commission: Here
– Court Rules Hillary Clinton Must Answer Key Questions About Her Private Server. Here
– We have less RINOs in congress and more pro-trump policy Rs who are publicly supporting him. Here
– Donald Trump Blasts Democrat ‘Collusion’ with Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Here
– One last thing – a tweet from a patriot, Bill Mitchell:
“The Japanese won the Battle of Pearl Harbor and I’m not speaking Japanese.
Trump wins in 2020 and we take back the House from these feckless, cheating Democrats!”
These are encouraging. Yet, we still want more. We expect more. My faith in God has allowed me to draw on strength beyond my or any human’s ability. My hope is not a passive hope, but dynamic and life sustaining.
There are active results in my thoughts and attitudes when I pray for and exercise my faith in God’s mercy for our country. It changes my view of myself and my fellow patriot’s roles in creating the changes we desire. We value the goodness of a country founded on the protection and favor of the Creator. What we do with our blessed gift of life in a free country – the time, our treasures and talents – can be used to bring change to this nation. We do what we can to join the fight: write essays, debate the value of our policies and positions, encourage and uplift those in peril of succumbing to despair, spread strength and boldness to those in need, protect the weak, keep informed, courageously face assault to spread our message and endure ridicule or attacks as we stand for truth.
What is the ‘moral to the story’? We all despair some time. I find myself faced with it almost daily and then pray for peace. As a result, I often read our comments (we are the best on the internet!), find a way to encourage someone here or on Twitter and tweet uncomplimentary digs to humiliate the left. But, when I find myself at my limit, I back away, watch critter or laughing baby videos or just close my laptop and read something fun.
Would you share with us what you do?