Why I haven’t lost hope

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It looks like the presidential election is between a liar and a scoundrel and another liar and a scoundrel. The Republican Party failed to nominate someone who would be an actual choice in the upcoming election.

Oh well.

It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. I am sure there were a lot of people who tried to stop it, and they failed.

Oh well.

Some of the #NeverTrump people are quite upset and disenchanted about the political process. My words are for you.

See, I haven’t lost hope.

Some of you probably see the world from a similar viewpoint that I do. You understand the importance of faith and religion and such. You fear and worry about what will happen to our country when godless perverts run it.

Let me try to cheer you up, or at least help you see what is truly important.

To those of you who are atheist, this will help you understand why you shouldn’t lose hope either.

A long time ago, Alexis de Tocqueville came to America. He was a Frenchman. At the time, France was going through their own revolution. He wanted to compare notes with America to see if there was something he could take back to his fellow countrymen.

Alexis was inspired. He was hopeful. He was willing to do whatever it took to make France a great country to live in. He saw that this was a time of choosing.

He wrote down his ideas in a book called “Democracy in America”. Among the things he discovered was that America’s greatness was not in our government.

First this:

“I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

That’s a rather sobering thought. But it is a hopeful one. See, in America, the great and good people generally do not run for office. It’s very rare to see people like that decide to go into government. It’s been that way for hundreds of years. It’s not going to change anytime soon. And I believe that is a very good thing. The last place I would want our best and brightest to be is in government!

Another observation of Tocqueville’s was that America was obsessed with making money. In Europe, the poor had no hope of making money and instead focused on getting by. The rich and powerful thought making money was vulgar and crass. In the end, there were very few people who actually tried to create things of value. In America, however, we are driven by the profit motive. We are far more vulgar and crass when it comes to money. I don’t see that changing, and I think it is a very, very good thing. When you have people who devote their entire lives trying to make something better, more profitable, more valuable — that is a very good thing. And in America, we’re still not ashamed of that.

Finally, Tocqueville observed that the true power in America, the heart and soul, was found on the preacher’s pulpit. It was the churches who kept us from becoming monsters. After all, if you have a government run by corrupt amoral people, and an economy consumed by the lust of money, things can go very, very wrong. But in America, the churches balanced the entire equation out.

So here’s my hope for America.

I believe that in the future, government will get worse. They will become ever more tyrannical, ever more domineering, and ever more irrelevant. See, the truth is, government is just a nuisance. It hardly matters in our day-to-day lives. Let’s keep it that way, and remind people of how little power the government has. They can’t keep us from trying to make money, and they can’t keep us from helping the poor and needy, and they certainly can’t keep us from thinking seriously about religion and morality and philosophy and going to church.

And remember this: No matter what government has done, they have never collected more than a certain amount of the economy. When they go to extremes, Americans just take their business elsewhere.

I also predict that in the future, more people will get rich. More businesses will rise, more businesses will fall, and entire sectors of the economy will be created and destroyed. There is nothing we can do to stop this. And that’s fine. It’s a very good thing when things succeed and when things fail. Let’s not forget that.

But here’s the part where I can’t predict the future. In the future, we, the people, have a choice. Will we devote ourselves to religion and morality and philosophy, and see a renaissance when it comes to those things? Or will we continue to fall down the pit of immorality? That’s up for each of us to decide for ourselves.

I have hope. I have hope for several reasons.

One reason is that despite all the odds, people throughout history have chosen good over evil from time to time. It happens. It can happen again. When things get really bad, people do some introspection, and they come to the conclusion that their individual actions are far more important than they realize. I believe that when the cards are down, and America is losing, Americans will do the same.

The other reason is that Jesus has promised us. He warned us against our modern times, and he also promised he would return. In the end, it will work out.

Hopefully, this message of hope gave you some courage.

Should you disengage from politics? No. You should, however, set realistic expectations. In politics, like in so many areas of life, evil seems to win all the time. But that’s the way it’s always been, and that’s the way it will always be as long as there are evil people around. (And I count myself among the evil.)

So don’t disengage, but don’t put your hope in a good candidate or party or whatnot. We’ve been lied to and shamed before. Ted Cruz may have been the paragon of virtue he claims to have been, or he may have done the things he promised to do, but based on my experience, I strongly doubt it.

I also encourage you to engage in some areas you may not already be engaging in. Let me list them.

  • Engage with God. Engage with morality. Engage with philosophy. Take religion seriously for yourself. Go to church, and find a way to serve in that church.
  • Engage with your family. There is no greater work that you can do than within the walls of your own home. The world might be going down the crapper, but that doesn’t mean you should let your family follow. Be the best dad or mom there is, and teach your children by example.
  • Engage with the economy. Going Galt sounds nice, but in reality, go make some money. The more money you make, the better. I’m serious about this. Don’t think it’s contrary to your religion to get rich, as long as you do it the right way.
  • Engage with society. The people around us will find the truth through our example, so don’t hide yourself.

Anyway, I think I’ve already decided I’m voting for Trump. I don’t know what kind of president he’ll be, but at least it will be interesting. I have absolutely zero faith that Trump will do the right thing or that having him in office will be better than Clinton, but with two liars, you never know what you are going to get.

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