When we celebrate Thanksgiving, after being thankful for family and friends, for health and comfort, for food and shelter; we shouldn't forget to be thankful for the left.
It is because conservatives are basically hopeful and confident that we are also prone to extremes of despair. Too many us were shocked at the decline of our society because of our great confidence in it. The faith that conservatives have in America makes them vulnerable to being crushed by the latest victory of the left.
I have seen far too much despair and defeatism, too many comments that suggest there is no hope for America and the only thing left to do is pour a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. But those comments testify to how sheltered Americans are from the struggles against tyranny around the world.
Eight years of Obama is bad, but try sixty-nine years of Communism on for size. That's what generations of Russians had to live through. Ask some of the conservative activists in Europe who have never had any of the freedoms that we still take for granted whether they've given up hope. Ask people from countries where criticism of Islam can mean death, whether they've given up hope.
There are countless tales of courage over the last century of men and women who did not stop fighting, who did not stop teaching their children so that they would not stop resisting. And those stories have not ended. They continue today in Europe, Asia and South America. And those people would envy the conditions under which we fight, where we can protest without being shot or sent to prison, where we can have a shot at winning elections if we try hard enough.
Where we are, compared to 100 percent of the rest of the world, still free.
We face a hard fight, not only for our freedom, but the freedom of the world. The international left has made America its special project. It knows that if it can extinguish the hope of liberty in this land then it will drive the rest of those who hope for freedom across the ocean deeper into despair. And it wants your despair. It wants you to give up so that the rest of the world gives up too and bows under its chains.
And yet this fight is a glorious one. This fight is our birthright. And we should be thankful for the fight.
It would be more pleasant if there were no Obama or Hillary. If Alinsky had never been born and Marx had never been whelped. It would be nice if we lived in a world where red was just a color and the Democratic Party was a rural movement suspicious of the Federal government and dreaming of an agrarian utopia. But then so would never having to work for a living or getting up out of bed.
Life is challenge and we face all kinds of different challenges. We get up early out of bed in the morning and drive to work. We rise in the middle of the night when the baby cries and we go to the hospital when our loved ones need us there. We do dreary things and terrible things that seem so different from the life we imagined as children. And we do them not only because they are duty, but because these challenges, the daily ones and the once in a lifetime ones, make us who we are.
Besides these prosaic challenges, the daily routines and the occasional tragedies, there are uncommon challenges that we face when the foe comes to our gate and demands that we bow and become slaves. This is the challenge that we face as a society, a nation and a people. It demands more of us and it ennobles us. It makes us a great people and a great nation, rather than only another people who seek to live in comfort with no thought for anything else.
Good emerges in response to evil. We need our enemies to remind us of who we are and what we can do when our backs are against the wall. We need evil to remind us of the good that we are capable of. As a whetstone sharpens a sword, so evil sharpens us into a weapon against it. It makes us morally stronger and teaches us the stark truths that we cannot take refuge from evil; we must confront it.
If there were no left, would there be nearly as much patriotism among true Americans as there is now? And if there were no left, how many of us would really contemplate the core principles of freedom and free enterprise? If there were no left, how many of us would ponder what we truly believe and what compromises we are willing and unwilling to make? If there were no left, would we be the same people that we are today?
For those of us who believe in the Bible, the Lord created both darkness and light. And if it were not for the darkness, would the light be nearly as precious to us? Imagine a world without sunrise or sunset, where the sight of rays of light clearing away the darkness would have no meaning? And then remember that things are treasured to the extent that they can be taken away from us.
Would we value freedom as much if we did not have to defend it? Would we hold it as dear if we did not fear that it would be taken away? Would we even be aware of what freedom is and what a free people must be if not for the dark hand of those who wish to strip us of those freedoms?
It is the left's opposition that has added urgency to a hundred issues, from the national debt to the War on Terror to freedom of speech and of religion. It has made us think about those issues, to take them out of the back of our minds and hold them up to the light as a reminder of how important they are and what must be done about them.
The left's corruptions remind us of the need for purification. As it gathers the worst of all around it, we find ourselves called to be better than we are. As the left works to doom our country, and as we suffer defeat after defeat, these defeats only serve to remind us that we must be better, that we must do more, learn more and become more in order to save our country.
War is the great teacher and this is a political war, short on bodies and heavy on minds, it is a war in which casualties are not taken in the chest or the arm, but in the mind, in reason and emotion, and against these weaknesses, we can and will prevail.
As we fight the left, we become stronger, more dedicated and more purposeful. We become the men and women that we were meant to be.
As you sit around your tables, thinking of all that you have gained and lost this year, remember and be thankful for the left, for though the winter ice gives way to the summer sun and bitter defeat gives way to sweet victory, it is defeat and hardship that teaches better than comfort and ease. We can learn more from our defeats than we ever could from our victories. Our defeats teach us endurance and fortitude, they teach us that defeat can be borne and that its sting can be turned into the weapon that unseats the foe. And our foes make us who we are.
Their evil teaches us to find the good within ourselves. Their strength teaches us to find our own strength. And their plots against what we have teach us how many treasures we have, not least of these being the full value of our freedom and our happiness that they wish to take from us.
Their war on America is teaching us to be better Americans. It may not feel that way right now, but we are privileged to have this opportunity and this fight.
We should be thankful for the left, its assaults on us are teaching us how to fight and its plots against our freedom are teaching us how to be free.
Amen. Keep up the good fight and pray for each other.ReplyDelete
This is a magnificent piece of writing. I am sending people here to read this. There is hope for America. Thank you profoundly, Sultan Knish!ReplyDelete
Hear hear, even technically one can't be without the other. Strange enough the right might easily accept that pure unadulterated capitalism without a bit of social(ism) behaves heartless but the left lives in total denial that socialism without a decent spot of rightism is absolutely mindless.ReplyDelete
Great article. I don't know if I ever want to thank the left, but they for sure are dangling over a cliff of their own making. They have beaten us down or tried to for years and thought they had beaten us into to submission...but they were so wrong. I've been saying for years if you push us into a corner, we will come flying and show our might. We did just that with this election. There are still some foreign owned national media to stomp further into the ground. Like yesterday on the New York parade, no mention of Christmas, even when Santa made his appearance. They are idiots, and all over the country people are shouting Christmas and Christmas Season. The mindless PC crowd needs to fade into history. We need to reverse what Communists have changed.ReplyDelete
Daniel, while your thoughts have truth in them, the problem is that far too many in our society believe in the bullshit of the left, which hopefully we will be able to counter for a long time to come.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Daniel, for this second helping of wisdom. Philosophical struggle is particularly challenging for me because the Left is adept in Jiu-Jitsu of ideas. Those principles I hold; of which I am proud, are deftly "proven" to be disgraceful. They saw me coming, and knew precisely how to humiliate me. How tragic that such devious evil can win. Well, for all the philosophical virgins, it does win.... once.ReplyDelete
What a marvelous immunization. Not only against the first trick, but against the cornucopia of dreck they churn out. I thank them for inspiring my introspection and renewed study of the world of ideas.
Reason #368 to be thankful... goo.gl/8IH2JPReplyDelete
Daniel, yet another example of your exquisite ability to put ideas into words, a profound gift God has given you and for which I am grateful. Will share this column with many.ReplyDelete
The election made it okay to disengage from the Left. What a relief to just walk away from screaming social justice warriors, in-your-face diversity police, marching millennial militants, and all those attempting to divide, dissolve, and destroy American exceptionalism and Constitution-abiding Americans.ReplyDelete
To be sure, the last 8 years of Leftist forceful projections of their menu of self interests down America’s collective throat have been a bit of a slog. And since the Left keep attempting to delegitimize everything about the election they just lost, it appears they won’t be embracing reason and reality any time soon.
Still, the election gave us the real measure of things - free markets, limited government, low taxes, freedom, growth, and constructive behavior.
Now I can turn off the Left’s propaganda and stop enabling that ridiculous fringe by granting them the credibility of serious argument. Turns out they were never really serious about America or any of the phony multicultural ideals they claim to uphold. Even today they keep showing that when they don’t get their way they go animalistic.
Well, our free country allows the Left to express their petulant diversity and me-first social justice within civil limits. But the recent vote reminded us that no one has to chase that hot mess around to try to make sense of it. Sense can never be made from nonsense.
The Left spent their moral capital - showed everyone what selfish children hide inside those hideous masks.
Maybe some day they’ll grow up. It could happen. Until then I am free from having to take them seriously.
The idea of being thankful strikes me as funny in some ways. I haven't reached that advanced level where I can feel grateful. I am still at the level where I try to avoid them.ReplyDelete
What if the election was rigged anyway? The shadow government (oil/energy cartel, major banks, corporations, military industrial complex) decided Hilary Clinton wasn't going to work out, so they let Trump win? The real power will maintain its grip. Trump will learn really quick, or else. Beware, the power elite will do anything, commit any vile action to protect its control.ReplyDelete
All power hinges on control of energy. It is the cause of wars and destabilization of nations. Very soon, knowledge and technology of free, abundant energy will change the game. This will be the great upheaval when the serfs of the planet are truly freed and the corrupt power is powerless.
Humanity needs to evolve and fast. War doesn't have to be part of our DNA as a species. We know what is good and right. We already invented the wheel, now, let's spend our time repairing the damage we've done and creating the world that ensures everyone's life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
We are only just one generation away from losing our freedom. Teach this to your children and make sure that they know what freedom really is.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the inspiring reminder that there must be opposition in all things.ReplyDelete
The difficulty is that so many good people are ideologically affiliated with the Left because they have been attracted by the promises of "good" and either are ignorant of, or discounting, the negatives (which is how you get Cuba and Venezuela, among others).
On the other hand, some of the "opposition" to (dare I say it?) truth, justice, and the American Way comes from folks who are ideologically on the right.
Or, in the words of the spiritual, "Ev'rybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't a-goin' there" --
David French hits your nail on the head with his hammer.ReplyDelete
The Left is wrong, and the Right is right.ReplyDelete
The Left will never change, so the Right must always Resist.
We've won this battle - but the Left isn't going to go away. Conservatives need to keep a sharp eye on the opposition. Eternal vigilance and all that. We still have many smaller battles to go - against the Left's fortresses in academia, in media - both movies and TV. They won't stop - they've been woking tirelessly for decades. We have to keep our guard up.ReplyDelete
I selectively stripped 3 paragraphs and attributed your post in full at http://catallaxyfiles.com/2016/11/28/monday-forum-november-28-2016/comment-page-5/#comment-2223333ReplyDelete
Hope that is okay for you.