by Matt Wyers
It’s been a while since I’ve written and I apologize to anyone that missed my writing. I’m a pretty small fish though so I doubt very many noticed. I don’t write to get noticed though. I write because I enjoy the very act of it and I enjoy the opportunity to discuss matters of importance especially with people who may have never really considered the Conservative side of political thought before. And so that’s what brings me back to this blog.
Watching the returns on Election Day, I was overcome with sadness and a foreboding sense about our future. I’ve never felt that in the aftermath of any other election and the ruminations I’ve been having over the last several days have led me to a different outlook on life.
Being honest, I’m not terribly optimistic about our future. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, but it’s very possible we have reached a point of no return in American society. It’s very possible that the United States of America we once knew is dead and isn’t coming back. While it’s typical of Conservatives to be generally hopeful about our future and our potential, I think it is only prudent to face facts at this time. We will be nothing more than frustrated, disappointed, and ultimately robbed of living for anything meaningful if we continue to live in the delusion that despite whatever damage Leftists do, we are never more than one election away from righting the ship.
That’s good rhetoric to pump us up, but it’s not reality.
The reality is that we’re in real trouble and the financial collapse that may be coming is really nothing more than a symptom of the true problem. I was convinced on Election Day more than ever before that the problems we face as Americans are not at their roots fiscal or the result of antipathetic outside forces. Our society has a spiritual crisis. And to continue to attempt to solve a spiritual crisis with answers revolving around economics will lead to the same results we’ve seen thus far…devolution, defeat, and ultimately our demise.
I’m a Christian, an Evangelical one at that, and I know that not everyone shares my beliefs, but perhaps that means I’m not really addressing this to you anyway. I have noticed a resurgence of pseudo-religious sentiment, nothing worthy of our hearts and minds, in our country in recent years and one can argue over the primary cause of that, but the fact remains that as long as the people of this nation value their material wealth over matters of right and wrong then we will continue to decline. Sooner or later, there’s nothing left materially worth worrying about and the cycle of destruction comes full circle in the cruelest of ways. When you spend your entire life fighting for something that couldn’t be kept the other side of death and trading the only immaterial things capable of being attained for it then how vain and meaningless was your life in the grand scheme of things?
We need values. We don’t just need values of limited government because apparently the majority of Americans no longer understand the danger of an all powerful state. We don’t just need values of fiscal responsibility because apparently the majority of Americans no longer understand the difference between that and irresponsibility. We don’t just need civil liberties because apparently the majority of Americans no longer understand that human freedom without the governance of one’s self produces nothing good. We don’t just need strong foreign policy because apparently the majority of Americans no longer understand the need for a sovereign and independent nation. We don’t just need to believe in the rule of law because apparently the majority of Americans have no desire but to live as they wish. Last, but not least we don’t just need good leaders and honest politicians because apparently the majority of Americans no longer understand what one looks like.
What we need is a re-evaluation of ourselves. We need to repent. We need Christ. Those of you who don’t share the Christian faith may not agree, but I pledge allegiance to God before any nation and certainly before any man. Do with that what you will.
I’ve grappled with the political possibilities just over the next 4 years and even more so over the next 40. While I do believe that the political future of this nation is worthy of a fight, it must be a fight over what is wrong and what is right. If not then there is no foundation for our return. The Left has built Socialist empires all over the globe by appealing to the basest of instincts in human nature. I cannot believe that the way to create a just, decent, and free society is to examine the other side of the same coin and simply offer a different vision for reaching the same goals.
I’ve never believed and never will believe that abandoning social issues such as abortion and the dissolution of the family is the path to victory much less the path to sanity. I cannot change what I believe to be right and wrong. I cannot abandon these things. And if I am not to fight over what I believe is right then what else is worth fighting over?
I’ll leave you with this thought:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. –John Adams