-by Geoff Caldwell-
Since the day after the debacle of November 6th, 2012, I have been on the road to Memphis, Nashville and points in between. The remnants of the devastation to our founding principles are scattered along mile after mile of highway and in lawn after patriotic lawn in every town along the way.
What had been intended as a Romney victory celebration trip had suddenly become a mile after mile after mile moment of soul-searching I had never in my life dreamed I would ever be experiencing. After coming to adulthood during the catastrophe that was the Carter administration, I just did not have it in me to think the America would ever, (and I do men ever, as in never, is in no way in friggin hell could we EVER be that stupid again) repeat that mistake again.
But repeat it we did, and in such a large and ominous way.
While Obama’s incompetence on the economy (unemployment, energy and food prices, almost stagnant GDP growth) is only matched by his incompetence on foreign policy (Iran, Libya, Egypt, China, Russia and on and on and on) the most visible example of incompetence on display November 6th was not Barack Obama’s, it was the American voter’s.
One by ignorant one, millions upon millions of those voters lined up to enter the polling booths and cast their lot against the America that had gotten them to that booth. Turning their back on founding principles, they gave the most divisive, left-wing ideologue to ever occupy the Oval Office four more years to continue the destruction he started in 2009.
And that has been the question haunting me for these past five days:
Just HOW IN THE HELL could so many, be absolutely SO STUPID?
The question may be short, it may be simple, but the answer is neither and tis far more complex than to be given justice in but one column. We didn’t get to this point in just one election cycle and it certainly can’t be explained in the context of any one thing or one event.
With that in mind, I am embarking upon a new series: American Tipping Point
Broken into four segments, it’s my response to the Alice in Wonderland result of Tuesday last and puts forth four basic questions:
What just happened?
Where are we now?
How did we get here?
Where do we go from here?
I’m no sage, I’m no keeper of all things political, and I’ve no more wisdom than that found in my little finger, but I have been living, eating and breathing American politics and her societal changes for over 35 years.
My “cred” comes not from any formal training as a “journalist” or “political scientist”, but only from being more politically engaged than most over those years and being given what some poor misguided souls feel is a “gift” to put on paper (or pixels now) the feelings that so many feel but just can’t or don’t have the time to express.
I’m nothing special, but I AM an American and as an American I do feel a duty to protect her as I can. As an idealistic teenager, I may have had to endure the let down of a certain military recruiter telling me “son, your academics are stellar, but between your arm and your eyes, there isn’t a chance in hell you’re entering the cockpit of a Navy jet” (paraphrased but you get the point).
But as a realistic adult now 33 years post that dream crushing moment, I do not have to endure the let down handed this nation by a certain group of its citizenry more concerned to continue the free flow of their “stuff” than to ensure the existence of it for future generations.
I do not have to stand idly by and just watch as what so many paid the ultimate price for, disintegrates into the lowest common denominator of “I’ve got mine so screw you”. And neither do you.
There is no question we crossed de Tocqueville’s “tipping point” last Tuesday. We’ve all known it was coming and we all knew it was possible going into Tuesday.
What we don’t know is whether we can “tip back” (fight for the return of America as founded) or whether a mass surrender just occurred (no return) and America is now but a failed experiment on the road to decline.
The series begins Tuesday and will be interspersed among other columns as the news of the day dictates.
I do not now nor ever will claim to have all the answers, but I do ask you to take my four basic questions and answer them in your own mind, within your own world view, from your own political perspectives and then in the privacy of your own soul, decide for yourself what America you’re willing to fight for.
But we cannot delude ourselves. November 6th 2012 was a Dunkirk.
It was without a doubt, a massive defeat.
Whether that defeat marks the beginning of America’s end or a rallying cry for the new revolution remains to be seen.
Myself personally, I promise to stand tall upon the rock of freedom and do whatever I can to reverse that defeat and return America to her rightful place in history as that “shining city on a hill”.
And I do so knowing full well what lies ahead:
The fight will not be easy, it will be long, it will be hard,
You will not be popular, you will be ridiculed and reviled,
It will not be cheap as the war chest before us overflows with ill-gotten gains,
But it is necessary and vital and it shall not be in vain.
There are but two choices: victory or defeat,
So let it be written by future generations that when the country needed them most,
The strong, the sure, the pure of heart, stood tall upon the rock of freedom,
And in unified spirit and singular voice shouted to the tyranny: NO MORE
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