The nominees are nominated, the convention speeches spoken, and the media onslaught that is a modern US Presidential campaign begins in earnest.
History shows that, sadly, it’s been but a tiny part of the electorate paying serious attention up to this point in the process. I’m not quite sure how true that might be this time around. At any rate, I hope We the People have the wherewithal to get involved now, because this contest truly matters. My five-plus decades as an American have me believing this an election of staggering import. In 60 days, We the People vote. More accurately, the percentage of We the People actually involved in the process will determine a future for us all from, essentially, two alternatives.
One will effectively establish as the new order a callous disregard of our brilliant Constitution, the rule of law, and general lack of critical scrutiny by the dominant press, pushing us past the point where the momentum of the decline in which we’ve been can be reversed, rendering us incapable of self-governance. Oh, “America” will still exist, for perhaps a long time yet. But it will not be the Republic so masterfully conceived by, and purchased with the blood of, our ancestors. It will be tyranny, under whatever label one wishes to apply; statism, socialism, communism. A gentle tyranny, at first, perhaps led by the most well-intentioned so-called elites, but tyranny nevertheless. And the good nature unique to the people who make up America, that spirit of independence and charity and grace, will gradually diminish. The light of hope that draws people to this land will eventually be no longer visible.
The other, God willing, will find us beginning the process of returning, with much pain and noise and kicking and screaming, to the tenets and values upon which we were founded, our Republic having led to the greatest expansion of human freedom and prosperity in history.
Should the choice be the latter, it will be an extraordinarily difficult challenge that faces those who made it. Those opposed will be angry, bitter, unreasonable, and operating generally out of a morbid, ignorance-based fear. Those supporting will find themselves tempted to trust those they’ve put in positions of authority, and get back to truly important things like their faith and family. I truly hope that such as these add as a priority to their lives keeping abreast of what happens after, holding accountable those they’ve entrusted, and turning their energies as well to educating those in our next generation.
In the coming days I’ll be elaborating on these thoughts, along with others. I hope you’ll join me, and add your words as well.