Finding Post-Election Peace

I’ve been needing to find peace in the aftermath of the election.  I’ve written countless posts in my head, usually while driving to the myriad classes and activities in which the boys currently participate.  That’s as far as the writing gets, however.

The reelection of President Obama has so fundamentally transformed (nice reference huh?) my view of this nation and my role within it, that I hardly know what’s worth posting anymore.  “What’s the point?” is the basic question, now that I realize that a few Davidian foot soldiers like me might not be enough to quickly influence the American culture, after all.

This fact will not stop me from blogging, though.  Writing is pretty much the awesomest.  I’m so grateful for every single reader, and I hope that my words have substantively helped or maybe even inspired a person or two.

At this juncture of our political history, Freedom By The Way has the right idea:  it’s time to prepare.  Our culture didn’t turn stupid overnight, and it won’t experience a period of enlightenment overnight, either.  I don’t pretend to know whether things will go into total crisis mode, as in dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.  Maybe the likelihood is overstated.

Seriously, though:  QE3?  More bubbles on the horizonThe possibility of hyperinflationUnfunded liabilities of 86.8 trillion dollars?  The examples could go on forever.

What do the Boy Scouts advocate?  Being always prepared?  And anyway, better safe than sorry.  Also, a bit of Murphy’s Law:  what can go wrong, will.

So, I’m focusing on more concrete changes.  The funny thing is, most of this preparation is already complete.  We have gone as far Galt as possible:  becoming a single income household, getting out of debt, homeschooling our children, and getting rid of cable TV.

Pretty much the only thing left is getting trained and comfortable with firearms.  My basic safety class is on Sunday.  Owning some land of our own would be helpful, too, but that will just have to wait.

If you can take some of these steps, please do so.  Also, give yourself some peace by shutting out as much liberal noise as you can.  I can only imagine how hard it was for conservatives to return to work and school amongst the gloating socialists and general know-nothings after November 6th.  For me, being surrounded by like-minded, supportive peers after the election was worth more than money could ever buy.

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21 thoughts on “Finding Post-Election Peace

  1. Annie 29 November 2012 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Dear No one (yeah, right YOU’RE SOME ONE!!!!),

    I think the night of the election I was numb, but the next day things started to become clear when I read a facebook post, “The election is over, the talking is done, my party lost, your party won.” “So let us be friends, let arguments pass. I’ll hug my elephant, you kiss your a***”

    Then I laughed a bit and put a few things into perspective (or at least tried to). I don’t understand what those who voted for the incumbent POTUS were thinking; did they actually think he was a success? I like Clink Eastwood’s empty chair speech.

    All the election says is that the majority of people who voted gave the nod to the sitting president. Do you know how hard it is to unseat an incumbent? I still go on message boards and quasi-debate with liberals, but there’s not the finger-pointing that there was before the election.

    I find a prevailing attitude amongst liberals to be that of, “screw the debt” or “those numbers are made up anyway” or any easy way to bury one’s head like an ostrich.

    But I do find comfort in the fact that it took the better part of 100 years to get to this place, to do the damage that’s been done. It’s going to take more than 8 years, even if someone is well-intended like Obama, to see socialism reign. Despite what liberals say and the way they vote, when confronted with the reality, the HARSH reality, that their accepting of such mediocrity is causing this country to get away BIGTIME from the Constitution, they’ll change their tune.

    Liberals won’t change political ideology, but they are a powerful voice and when confronted with DO STRICTLY AS THE CONSTITUTION SAYS or see MARXISM in this county, they’ll sing a different tune-than their present ‘what we’re doing now is for the country’s good.’

    So, I’ve joined a proactive group, a grass roots group, called the housefireproject.com with the express intent, not to see capitalism prevail (though that is what I’d like to see), but to see that we return to a government BY the Constitution; strictly by the Constitution.
    Check out the house fire project. It made me feel like I was doing something CONSTRUCTIVE.

  2. Laurie 30 November 2012 at 7:47 am Reply

    Well on your list of to do’s we are sitting pretty well…don’t home school, but not afraid to if needed, I’ve done it before, and we only own the 2 acres our house sit on, but again that is in the works as well…looking to find the right space.The rest..we are good…and we have 4 in our house who can shoot. God help us all!!

  3. rambtop@aol.com 30 November 2012 at 9:54 am Reply

    Good message. I’m so sad and angry I can hardly stand myself. I simply do not know what to do now. Even being with like-minded people doesn’t seem to help. I’m seriously thinking it is time for me to back out of my R activities and regroup. My attitude sucks and my patience (what little I ever had) is totally gone. The folks that voted for Obama will get what they deserve. Unfortunately, those of us who did not vote for him will suffer the same consequences. Realizing that God has a master plan and He will see it through, regardless of the ignorance and laziness of people, is of help; however, I still feel such a since of loss. My heart has been broken many times, but my soul has been hurt 3, on 9/11, the day Obamacare was passed, and the November 6th election. May God have mercy on us all.

  4. flyoverhere 30 November 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    The only peace we have found is in each other and family. We live in a rural area on a farm so hopefully we can provide for ourselves.

  5. Conservatives on Fire 30 November 2012 at 12:06 pm Reply

    I’d say you have a pretty good handle on our situation. The election was a game changer. For a generation or so, things are going to get worse before there is a chance for things to get better. So, absolutely people better prepare the best they can. We are fighting now for the youngest among us and their children, in my opinion.

    • Annie 30 November 2012 at 1:38 pm Reply

      This election was a game changer as Conservatives on Fire said. Now all Conservatives are awake, but there are many liberals who didn’t see things Mitt Romney’s way. But, they are now are that, just like the movie, SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE. All citizens are slowly getting on board and I hope and pray that they’ll get on board on the right side, but all are waking up.

  6. Citizen Tom 30 November 2012 at 7:41 pm Reply

    Have you noticed how angry the Socialist Democrats are? They should be happy. After the last election, the gloated. After four years they cannot pretend. They know they have done something wrong, but they still do not understand.

    That’s what so strange. The Socialist Democrats have embraced an ideology they don’t believe; they can see it does not work. So they have no faith in it. So why won’t they let go? They have no idea what to replace it with.

    In this country, we tend to separate politics from religion. That only works when almost everyone is a Bible-believing Christian. Then everyone shares the same values and moral beliefs. Instead arguing over motives, we debate what needs to be done and how. Unfortunately, the majority of the people in this nation don’t know what is in the Bible, and fewer still believe what the Bible says. That in fact is what is significant about this election. Obama proved we are no longer a Christian nation.

    If we are going to win our country back for our children, then we have to remember what Christ Jesus left us here to do. We have to remember that the political results are a secondary consideration. We have to remember the Kingdom of our King does not belong to this world. We have to remember He told us to work for the coming of His Kingdom.

    Matthew 28:16-20 Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

    The Great Commission

    16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    When the American people allowed politicians to take over the education of our nation’s children, the American people also let those same politicians secularize most of our nation’s children. As voting adults, those children vote as pagans might have done when the Roman Republic first began its collapse under the rule of Caesars. Thus, our country has become our missionary field, and it is time we got to work.

    • Annie 30 November 2012 at 11:04 pm Reply

      Citizen, I think their anger is a bit of ‘what the heck did I do-anger.’ I really don’t believe that they love their country any less than you or I, (even though they have a strange way of showing it), but they now see in a second term, that Mr.Obama is no closer to walking on water than he misled them to think he’d do in his first term.

      They’re angry because they’ve been played, successfully, for fools and patsies and nobody likes to play that role.

  7. Citizen Tom 1 December 2012 at 8:58 am Reply

    Annie – To some extent what you say is true. However, Obama has been in office long enough that only the most ignorant have no idea where he stands. In spite of what he has said and done, Obama still has the support of the Socialist Democrat establishment.

    Did Obama weave a campaign based upon lies? Instead of running on his record, did he smear his opponent? Yes and yes, but Obama did not win reelection solely because of his own efforts. Under that umbrella we call the Democratic Party, an organizational infrastructure composed of the mainstream news media, labor unions, nonprofits, lobbyists — literally millions of people who know Obama’s record and what they were campaigning for — backed his campaign.

    And the Socialist Democrat establishment kept their guy in office. They have made it nearly impossible to undo their accomplishments, accomplishments upon which they and Obama did not campaign.

    Nonetheless, the Socialist Democrats are angry. Why? If you got away with robbing a bunch of poor fools and others who knew you were robbing them, would that make you happy? Do our sins ever satisfy us?

    Read what someone like Paul Krugman writes some time. He has to know the economic theory he promotes is absurd nonsense, but he still says what he says, and others who should know better repeat his words. Why? Perhaps they do not know what it means to love one’s neighbor. Perhaps they have become obsessed with getting the things they want.

    Galatians 5:13-15 Good News Translation (GNT)

    13 As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is summed up in one commandment: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 15 But if you act like wild animals, hurting and harming each other, then watch out, or you will completely destroy one another.

  8. nooneofanyimport 1 December 2012 at 11:10 am Reply

    Excellent comments from all of you. The discussion between Tom and Annie reminds me of a post over at Rio Norte Line, where Utah makes a very interesting argument about those angry socialist Democrats:

    “The left is right when they say that we can’t call them communists or socialists – because that isn’t what they are.

    These people, including our own melfamy, are not Marxists, they are simply practitioners of statolatry. If they were good little Marxists, they would be organizing work camps for the poor and unemployed instead of demanding that “the rich” pay them to sit on their asses. Any good commie knows that everybody must work for the glory of the state – even if they have to be forced to do so.

    At its root, it isn’t about collectivism or communism for them, it is about worship for the state to replace a God that they have rejected, some entity more powerful than themselves that they can swear their fealty to in order to receive blessings…crumbs from the table…as long as it isn’t God.”

    http://therionorteline.com/2012/11/27/there-are-none-so-blind-as-those-who-will-not-see/

    Thanks for sharing about the housefire project, Annie, and I will indeed look at it. The homeschool community in Tampa and church will also provide plenty opportunity for community outreach for me. Sometimes folks just wander into the Tampa HEAT building, looking for answers and a little support on their decision whether to pull their kids out of school. I would love to see HEAT and other groups grow in the next few years.

    Before Obama’s reelection, I hoped that the left was more like Annie describes: fooled and angry that they had been played as fools. Now, I agree more with Tom, and Utah. I think we can still use the terms collectivist, communist, Marxist and socialist with fair accuracy. Collectivism is collectivism, whether you expect to work in a camp or sit on your butt.

    Utah makes an interesting point, though–where are the FDR style work camps? That is kinda weird. And the effect on the culture is sure worse now: straight up handouts that make people feel entitled to the fruits of other people’s labor.

    Statolatry. This concept dovetails perfectly with Tom’s point here: “In this country, we tend to separate politics from religion. That only works when almost everyone is a Bible-believing Christian. Unfortunately . . . Obama proved we are no longer a Christian nation.”

    He’s right. I have been tending to separate the political from the religious topics, and I shouldn’t. There is a voting majority in our populace who either knowingly or unknowingly place Govt on the same footing as God–even some who consider themselves Christian. Because of this, we can no longer separate politics from religion, for your beliefs on religion are very likely (with some exception, like the lovely Level Head) to inform your beliefs on the govt.

    Thanks for pointing out this Tom: “We have to remember that the political results are a secondary consideration. We have to remember the Kingdom of our King does not belong to this world.” The re-election had already shown me that this battle is not political first, but cultural. Yet, you reminded me that I need to take it a step further: this battle is a Biblical, spiritual one. Fight the spiritual battle and the rest will fall into place.

    • Annie 1 December 2012 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Citizen,

      ” Obama has been in office long enough that only the most ignorant have no idea where he stands.” I’ve run into comments by those ignorant (when I express concern about the mounting debt), “SCREW THE DEBT!” Does this sound like the comment of a person who has done his homework?

      I think that what all forces have accomplished over the years is the dumbing down of America, now to the point of nearly complete annihilation of critical thinking ability, much more so on the left, but not limited to, the left.

      No, I take that back; the left has their critical thinking ability still intact, but it doesn’t use it. It’s too enamored by talking points, by the misleading statements-or lack of coverage that the media throws around and the fact that they see a man who in their minds,walks on water, When it is realized by the left that walking on water isn’t possible by humans, they’ll do anything, AND I MEAN ANYTHING, rather than to agree that the right might have been on to something. That’s human nature; WHO wants to admit that they’ve been had, that they were wrong all along? It’s a rare, EXTREMELY RARE, thing and rather than say they were wrong to the GOP, they’ll continue unless the GOP accepts an admission of ‘whoops’ in stride and doesn’t make ANY thing of it.

      Otherwise, the left or the majority who support/ed the POTUS, will remain firmly entrenched in his camp; not because they want to be there, but because the GOP makes it impossible for them to leave. The GOP had better watch itself or they’ll have big time problems. Human nature is a powerful, POWERFUL thing.

      • Citizen Tom 1 December 2012 at 2:50 pm Reply

        Annie – Look at the GOP Establishment. Then consider what you just said.

        The Socialist Democrats have been in power for decades. Their theories have not and do not work, but they keep doubling down, and you want to blame the GOP for not being nice to them?

        Is it possible we could make our case better? I suppose so, but I reject the notion that Obama is somehow the GOP’s fault. We did not vote for that man or his ilk. We campaigned against them as persuasively as we could manage. Unfortunately, instead of speaking plainly, our leadership chose to be nice, just as you suggest.

        Look again at how you described the thinking processes of Socialist Democrats. When someone says “SCREW THE DEBT!”, they know the debt matters, but they refuse to care. Thus, even when they are confronted as gently as possible with the error of their ways, Socialist Democrats chooses to believe what they want to believe. This is willful ignorance.

        Hilariously, these are the people who promote “change we can believe in.”

        Check out this post. http://citizentom.com/2008/07/07/i-stand-corrected/

  9. nooneofanyimport 1 December 2012 at 11:25 am Reply

    Laurie, you are well prepared for just about anything, my friend. I know you and yours. And two acres is plenty to start. A roof, space for a garden or such, and the means to defend it, well that’s a whole lot that doesn’t get effected by bubbles bursting, markets crashing, or currency devaluation.

    Fly over here probably has the best set up possible, a rural farm. Or maybe CoF, since he’s not even within our borders anymore. I’m a little jealous of all of you ;p

    Rambtop, maybe you don’t get the comfort from like-minded folks because they are not like-minded enough. If you are referring to folks in the local Republican Party, I mean. They just don’t seem to get how dire things are. How hopelessly corrupt the system is. They are still in this, “if we just win the election next time it will be all better,” bubble.

    Did I peg it? If so, I agree that you should quit your efforts with them. They are not really like minded at all. There has got to be a 9/12 project or Tea Party or libertarian group of some kind that would provide more fellowship. Plus I think it’s important that your church be overtly politically conservative. Like I said above, there really isn’t much division between religion and politics anymore. If your church is not politically on the right side of things, they are on the wrong side.

    Cheers to all, have a great weekend!
    Lin

  10. Conservatives on Fire 2 December 2012 at 8:54 am Reply

    Please help make thid video on those who died in Benghazi go viral.

  11. Freedom, by the way 2 December 2012 at 10:25 am Reply

    Great discussion here, Linda. I just had a long conversation the other night with one of my best friends from college. She and I have never seen eye to eye politically, but this year she actually campaigned for Obama. She’s single, never married and lives on the left coast–all influencers in my mind. Talking to her it just made me sad that seemingly intelligent people can be so far off-base. She’s catholic but that seems to have little to do with her political views. I am still angry about the election but the anger turns to discouragement when people you love and care about are part of the problem.
    Thanks for the ping back.

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  13. Deb 2 December 2012 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Maybe you should watch Doomsday Preppers for some more ideas on complete self-sufficiency. We are going to raise chickens and rabbits for meat and keep our garden going. The shotgun is locked and loaded too.

  14. nooneofanyimport 2 December 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Freedom, those face-to-face convos with the misinformed we know personally are the toughest. Very discouraging, & all we can do is pray you’ve planted a seed and it takes root.

    Deb, you’ve got a great idea. Neither rabbits nor chickens take up much space; just about any back yard will support both.

    Cheers all!
    Lin

  15. Keith DeHavelle 4 December 2012 at 12:53 am Reply

    Best wishes, my friend. You are doing good in small, local ways. Your views and viewpoint are appreciated in the larger sense — and I think it is worthwhile for all of us who think that our constitutional republic was a good idea to spread the reasons why. Some of our friends are parked in front of the television, watching CBS or NBC, and have no idea that any other direction has merit.

    Relax, marshal your internal resources (which are substantial) and spread the word when you’re ready. We’ll be here.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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