Like many of you, I’ve spent the last week digesting the results of the election. Similar to any emotional trauma, I’ve progressed from shock to utter disbelief to anger to frustration to fear…now, to a form of acceptance: the country is plagued with Obama and his policies for another four years.
Tens of thousands of words have been written in the last week. Blame and finger-pointing abound. Politicians, particularly Republicans, are scrambling around in the debris, looking for causes and effects…all jockeying to avoid blame or position themselves for future campaigns. Surprisingly, some in the GOP display rare aggressiveness, a behavior lost to them until after November 6.
We grassroots conservatives flail away in frustration at the election’s outcome; why did we lose?
Voter fraud. Romney wasn’t tough enough. The electorate has been dumbed down. The ‘takers’ now outnumber the ‘makers.’ The GOP can’t connect with the Hispanic voters. The military vote was suppressed. Real conservative principles were ignored. The list could go on and on.
Pick one, some or all of the above; each is valid to one degree or the other.
How have we reacted to defeat? It’s all over the board: outrage/acceptance, a loss/renewal of hope, tuning out/tuning in, attack/retreat, aggressiveness/passivity. On the whole, we conservatives are like drunken sailors, stumbling around on the pitching deck of a ship in a storm …knowing, down deep, that the ship is sinking fast.
Do we plug the leaks, reset the sails and try to save the ship? Do we abandon ship and desperately swim for our lives? Or, do we have another drink and go down with the ship, assuming future martyrdom if/when the country rights itself and regains its collective sanity?
As a commentator, it’s easy to sit at the keyboard and pontificate…offering up self-described pearls of wisdom and advice. And, unlike writers who attempt to manipulate their readers (and there are more than a few) I try to present and justify my honest opinions. Same when I suggest the readers adopt my point of view.
However, I am the personification of the confusion and contradictions described above. Therefore, advocating a particular course of action or way of thinking would not be grounded on what I think and feel…because, frankly, I don’t yet know what I think and feel.
I suppose, over time, I’ll get my act together. Clear courses of action will make themselves known to me; a logical and potentially successful strategy will reveal itself. Haven’t yet, however.
Perhaps I’m still in shock.