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In a sense (although some would argue otherwise), we are in that in-between time as a nation. It’s difficult to pinpoint when we “began the ending” of our nation, but when the Left became more blatant in their accomplishments, expectations, and efforts, the period of our naivete came to an end. And we entered the in-between time.
Now we are keenly aware that our democracy has been wounded by outliers that somehow made dangerous inroads to our governance and culture. We watched them do it, and tried to ignore that things were changing, particularly in education. We trusted our teachers and our schools to “take care of” our children, but our reliance on them was misguided. The time may have existed when we could count on them, but we didn’t notice when the education agenda for our children became their propaganda mandate.
So here we are.
The primary problem is that we know the place where we are now is treacherous and anti-democratic. It is meant to destroy the hearts and minds of the men and women of our country so that the Leftist idealists can mold them into creatures of their own making. We know in our minds and souls that this is immoral, inhuman, and self-serving, no matter how they try to promote it. But if you are like me, you’re getting tired. The fight is daily, almost hourly in every segment of our culture: corporate, educational, and technological; it’s ubiquitous. And we see the efforts to fight back, but those who would destroy us are inured to our protests and refuse to consider that their efforts are flawed and hopeless—hopeless, because ultimately, they will fail.
What do I mean by “fail”? This country has principles that are so deeply rooted in our culture that, although they may destroy the exterior of institutions that we so love—memorials, the courts, the education system—that even if their work causes chaos and desolation, the roots will eventually throw out new growth—and with it, possibility.
The key moment is now, though, for us to survive the in-between time. Like the Hebrews in the desert, who rebelled and were forced to endure the wilderness for another 40 years after their exodus from Egypt, we, too, must find a way to survive this in-between time. Malaise will slip into our psyches; we may become paralyzed with exhaustion. We may just feel that we might as well resign ourselves to a disappointing future.
But we have to resist that temptation. We must encourage each other. We must stimulate creativity even though it will be discouraged. We must protest injustice against the rule of law and the Constitution. We must find ways to strengthen our resilience against hopelessness and fear.
The in-between time can be one of growth, too. It can help us toughen ourselves, to project a better future with practical and yet creative ideas. We can use it to deepen our relationships at all levels: families, religious communities, service groups, volunteer opportunities, where we can be inspired and motivated by like-minded people.
The in-between time is a time to be strong and single-minded.
It is time to be patriotic.
It is a time to be brave.
Then we will be prepared to start anew.Published in