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Apparently, to be conservative means to ever believe that the best Americans are all dead. It is to believe that America’s best days are behind her, that the left has won, and that this current crisis will be what does in the Republic.
America will rise to this crisis. Our President is doing what presidents do in a crisis like this. Our Republic always stumbles out of the gate, and then we rally. In 1941, Americans did not know that they would win the war, they knew the war was thrust upon them. The shouldered on.
During the Great Depression Americans shouldered on. Because of that, I am an optimist on America.
During WWI, Americans rallied. Because of that, I am an optimist on America.
During our greatest crisis, the Civil War, Americans managed to keep faith and reforge the nation. Because of that, I am an optimist on America.
I spent my childhood in the ’70s listening to people tell me how America was over. We were in decline, and that was how it was going to be. If we were lucky, the USSR and the USA would not nuke each other. Movies were about sliding into decay, about the end of the world, about how we were losers. Well, in 1981, things changed. And I saw a great decade where I came of age. Because of that, I am an optimist on America.
I think we should remember the sunny optimism of our greatest conservative President:
And failing that, how about these great words:
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”
These are trying times. I will not be a Tory, nor will I carp about at the hard choices being made against generals fighting the war now. There will be time for recriminations later. Right now, I think Trump is plotting the best path forward.
This is not the worst thing America has ever been through.
Let’s not panic.Published in