. . . then we are losing the culture war far worse than I realized.
I see a lot of “we’ll keep fighting” tweets on my Twitter feed. Lovely sentiments from tireless patriots.
Many conservative civilians see the 2012 election as just another battle in the never-ending political war. They are moving on, setting their sights on the bigger picture. I am grateful for that tenacity, for their imperviousness to the affects of this defeat.
I don’t share the sentiment though.
I am Milspouse. The president is my husband’s boss.
This election, and every election, effects us all, yes. Very yes. The military is exhibit numero uno, and I’m not even talking about the budgetary effects (hello sequestration). I’m talking about the effect on morale.
The effect is huge–beyond description, which is saying a lot for a gal who loves describing things. I’ve seen it firsthand, the way morale swings on a dime–well, really on a change-of-command ceremony.
This effect on morale translates into a very immediate change for the NoOne family. Today, we go from “maybe you can stay in for the long haul and shoot for that extra promotion” to “maybe you can get to the bare minimum and punch out.”
Maybe Hubs can get to the bare minimum–if his conscience, political correctness, and budget cuts don’t interfere.
Even if he does, will the federal government be solvent enough to make good on the retirement benefits it promised?
In the meantime, all I can think about are the years when we didn’t establish roots. We didn’t become part of a community. We didn’t help a church grow. We didn’t make improvements on real estate. We didn’t learn how to grow a garden and preserve the fruits. We didn’t protect our interests. We put the nation’s interest before our own.
How much longer can we do that? I sure can’t keep fighting for the big picture after Obama’s reelection. The smaller picture–my family’s future–is weightier. My posts will probably reflect this shift in priorities.
The establishment of roots. Preservation and protection of assets. Education of my children. These are the priorities now. The fair citizens of Idiocracy can water their crops with sports drinks, for all I care.
A hiatus is probably in order.
I’m not quitting.
Best wishes and prayers for all my readers.