It appears that, increasingly, people want to be absolved of something, but it is not sin – it is responsibility. Such absolution “the Gods of the Market Place”* will gladly give. All that is required from Americans is the relinquishment of time-tested truths, of the free market, of our Founding principles, of freedom.
The Republicans as a party have accepted this absolution and strayed from our principles, but kept our name and appearance to camouflage what they have become. To gain strength, they gnaw at ours by exploiting the Conservative vulnerability.
Our vulnerability is this: Conservatives conserve. We hold out hope too long, we wait too long to act. It is not from procrastination, it is from determination. This is because we are builders not demolishers. We consider, not react. We repair, not discard. We rescue, not abandon. We inspire others to become great, not debase ourselves so others feel great. We make every imaginable effort to right our foundering fellows, even at risk to ourselves.
Of its own free will the party has become too broken to repair; too stubborn to move; would rather be consumed than take our outstretched hand. All to avoid the responsibility of freedom. As in the fairy tale of The Three Little Pigs, our brothers mock our house of brick on strong foundations, and rely on illusory safety of structures both ephemeral and cosmetic. They build on the cliff overhanging a raging sea, beguiled by the thundering power and beauty of the waves, ignoring the shuddering beneath their feet and the fallen rocks below.
As Glenn Beck once asked, “What time is it? Time to pull in the nets.” It is almost past time. We have reached the event horizon. We must leave them to their chosen fate, the fate they demand despite our reasoned arguments and impassioned pleas. They refuse to hear us, deafened by the Sirens’ song and bedazzled by the power, money and freedom from responsibility “the Gods of the Market Place” lure them with. Against our nature, we must abandon the course we stayed for their sake. If we do not, we will be dragged down and consumed with them.
There is much work to do. The right path is not the easy one to take. We leave, mourning those who are lost, yet hopeful that the
efforts save will save them also. America
Time. To go.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
*From “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” by Rudyard Kipling
Stehekin912 January 2015