I received the other day, in my email, the following "letter" from a cousin who has for four years waged a sad and often infuriating war of mostly forwarded email, bitter and often hateful broadsides against our president, as well as a liberal (sorry) sprinking of religiosity and pissing and moaning about our having "driven God out of" our country, our schools, etc. As though the almighty would simply skulk away with his vast lower lip protruding in a cosmic pout because we liberals dissed him by trying to keep his Son's direction to us that we "Render unto Cesar what is Cesar's and to God what is God's," perhaps the earliest call for separation of church and state.
The "letter" might have caused my usual reaction of frustration and infuriation, or just pity and sadness at the pathetic ignorance and unending bitterness of my cousin. But instead, this time it sparked something else: Hope, along with a sense of actually having won a crucial battle for the soul of our nation. Read "A Letter" and draw your conclusions. I share this with no name attached to the sender, and with nothing but pity and a strange feeling of gratefulness, much such as Grant must have felt at Appomattox Courthouse:
After turning off the election coverage and realizing the outcome, I wanted to take a few minutes and express my thoughts. I am sorry and a bit embarrassed to say that I simply no longer have hope about the future of America and how this country functions! If the majority of the people in this country have really decided that Barack Obama and his policies have done a good enough job to earn four more years as the leader of this once great and proud country I am no longer interested in following him, or this government. This election cycle was a cut and dry choice as to the direction of this country. In my opinion we have traveled over the waterfall and there is no possibility of recovery. I have lost all hope for this country and my patriotic spirit has been crushed. This evenings election results, and its long term ramifications, will be recorded as the turning point when the final chapter of this great democracy was written. Soon America will no longer be blessed as being the world's superpower. As history will look back on it, America had a pretty good 236 year run.
Due to changing demographics in this country we are now on an irreversible journey. Today there is a large, growing segments of our population that have been given certain privileges and unsustainable social programs by politicians whom they have elected. This very powerful group of elected officials have seduced and manipulated these voters and will continue to reward them as long as they continue to harness their votes in future elections. Unfortunately my vote and my opinion are no longer relevant in this country. I, as a 77 year old male Caucasian that has struggled to support my family, no longer have a voice in this country. I am simply a source of income to fund various entitlement programs that were initiated with good intentions but have unfortunately spun out of control. This was expressed perfectly by an unknown author when they phrased it like this ..
. "We have transformed ourselves into a system of government where the LEAST CAPABLE to LEAD are elected by the LEAST CAPABLE of PRODUCING, and where the members of society LEAST LIKELY to sustain themselves or succeed are REWARDED with goods and services PAID FOR by the CONFISCATED WEALTH of a diminishing number of producers."
Read and re-read this statement and it's truth will become evident. I will continue to help my fellow man in a personal, one on one manner when I can, as opposed to watching a prostituted governmental system siphon off my earnings and pass them along to individuals I have never, nor will ever meet. I will more passionately pray to God asking Him to forgive what had become a morally bankrupt America and also ask Him to continue to bless this country, even though we have removed Him from increasingly more and more facets of this society. I have written and expressed these views because we are still in a country that allows freedom of speech protected by the Constitution. Unfortunately, like the founding fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence concerning our unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, I fear this privilege will also be only a memory.
God bless our military and all of the hard working men & women who tried to keep us together.
Please note that my cousin prays ONLY for forgiveness for us and our evil ways, and that the nation be forgiven for doing the right thing - and also for our military, which while certainly worthy of prayers, in the end has been our engine of destruction for the past 11 years. Note also that he does say he will now begin to extend charity toward others because of his higher moral standing than the rest of us. It is in a perverse way admirable. Most of all, though, this reads as a concession of defeat. While my cousin no longer has any faith in his country, his country will move on with or without him.
So mote it be.