Eight years is a long wait for something to be over. Faith leads to endurance by the promise of James 1:3, and so those who hope also cultivate patience for the sake of what will become apparent eventually.
What have we learned in the interim of what is so close to being a lost decade? Left to drift away, these lessons will be lost, and we will have further diminished rather than rallied. That is not the American way.
Historically, societies trend downward in a cycle leading from decline to slavery. Through revolution and revitalization, perhaps, a people may rise again. The efforts and achievements of the capable produce comfortable complacency and lay the seedbed of decline anew through overproducing the idiot children of success. People survive such times, but nations of the past in many instances have not. This, supposedly, is the Information Age, though; we need not follow the same stumbling path yet again. Toward that end and amongst many others:
Lesson One: Angry crowds do surprising things
We’ve learned that the American people, put to the hard choice, will choose the deeply crass over the utterly corrupt. Such impertinence is the fruit of having the GOP elephant and the Democrat donkey morph into the statist ass-weasel, an invasive species currently dominating the swamp habitat of Washington, D.C. Legislators, rediscover integrity and heal yourselves.
Lesson Two: Iconography is a poor substitute for competence
Going forward, the electorate needs to demand results from the beneficiaries of its populism, rather than serve as cheerleaders for any cult of personality. To take up the duty of preserving our constitutional ideals in the face of arrogant elitism of whatever stripe must become a consuming, national passion. The spice of Americanism must flow.
Lesson Three: Do Not Feed The Tyrants
Empowerment will only intensify a compulsion to direct the lives of others. Affliction with ideology assigning citizens servitude to government rather than the reverse cannot be sated, only isolated, vilified, and shunned by honorable folk. Meeting or failing recurring challenges of the magnitude encountered in the outgoing administration will define us for future generations. Those defective souls who eventually lead government past the bounds of humanity may only be put down by force of arms, and technology is leaving good men with rifles nearly out of contention on the modern battlefield.
Lesson Four: Situational awareness
Enemies domestic thrive on the disinterest of honorable folk. Matters recently progressed to the edge of tolerance because the majority of the population had their heads down and their eyes closed. Our founders constructed this system of government with the assumption its citizenry would look after their own interests, as would the co-equal branches of limited government. Patterns of power leaving this righteous construct must be corrected or excised going forward and without exception, despite any lure of contrarian pragmatism.
Lesson Five: Be the People
Character remains the primary issue in politics and life generally, and needs to be cultivated in expectations held for ourselves and others. A disciplined population will elevate substantive people, following the advice of Jethro to Moses. Those fear God, are trustworthy, hate dishonest gain, and enter public service appreciating the duty of servant leadership. While they are empowered we must watch them carefully, and, should the lure of privilege take hold, dismiss them as warranted. Term limiting is a great place to begin, but will need to be enacted over the squalls of currently entrenched officeholders.
So here we are, at another end and beginning as has been the construct of history since we became a literate species. But who reads, right? Beyond prayerful supplication, one may only hope for the best, check the household inventories for shortfall, and know that God will be glorified at the conclusion of our days.
Choose to love, -DA
In production news, the fourth title of Boone’s File, Meat for the Lion, has passed through story-line refinement in Content Edit and now stands twenty percent complete in primary editing. We currently anticipate a summer release!