“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Sir Winston Churchill, Speech, 1941, Harrow School
It’s a tough time to be a conservative. At every turn, negative voices in the media, on the other side, and even on our own side are echoing the message of failure. Resist their call.
Of course repeal and replacement of ObamaCare was sure to be difficult, if not impossible.
Republicans have the majority in the House and Senate, but to say we have “control’ is silly. There are too many special interests and something for nothing advocates creating obstacles to principled outcomes.
Besides, we are Republicans, and though there are many in elected office who have a disappointingly loose connection to their promises and our party’s principles and platform, when have we ever expected the party of Liberty, Opportunity, and Responsibility to act like robots?
We have a very slim majority – nobody in Washington has control.
It also holds that the fight is really just getting started. This is the “end of the beginning” that Churchill spoke to in WWII. America needs you to be in that fight with enthusiasm, dedication and a clear eye on the goals. The alternative is nothing less than the same catastrophic potential that drove Churchill – the corruption of the free world by forces of insatiable darkness.
There’s another good reason that now is not the time to give in to cynicism or despair and it comes from a curious source – General Nguyen Giap – architect of N. Vietnam’s success in defeating the U.S.
If you’ve had opportunity to watch the much touted PBS series on the Vietnam war, take care to not believe all you hear. This documentary is remarkably biased toward a left-leaning view.
One example is the much repeated suggestion we could have never won and thus should never have been there. There are good arguments against our having entered into a ground war in Southeast Asia, but in truth we came very close to winning. Smart people have even gone so far as to suggest we won 3 times only to give into cynicism and despair and thus assure eventual defeat.
Today we only need reflect on one of those 3 times and the words of General Giap-
“The legendary general had made headlines recently with his revelation last spring that the government of North Vietnam was literally days away from quitting the Vietnam War, even as its troops overran Saigon in 1975. He was interviewed by Duffel Blog in April 2013 at his private residence in Hanoi, on the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.” (Note – if this is a bit of nonsense, we apologize. We do know the NVA were overextended and surprised by their victory.)
“As our tanks were rolling into the presidential palace [in South Vietnam], if America had conducted just one more air strike we would have thrown in the towel,” Giap admitted. “And thank god they didn’t,” Giap added, “because, let me tell you, that tank was running on fumes.”
We know we gave up – and they didn’t.
Now is not the time for conservatives to soften their resolve to preserve our Republic and America’s important beacon of light in a fast darkening world. History tells us that resolve is what wins every struggle between good and evil. A quick review of our principles and platform reveals which side we are on. We have the good – let’s hold to our resolve.
Consider the lightening bug – the darker the night, the brighter it’s light…
Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save