Articles by political pundits about the primary race read like an obituary. It’s the end of the GOP. . . . It’s the end of America. . . Conservativism died today. . . . The Constitution is on its death bed. Some prophecy prognosticators are even predicting the near end of the world as if the United States is a nation God can’t do without.
Let me be clear: I hate losing. The following resonates with me:
“You get on base, we win. You don’t, we lose. And I hate losing. . . I hate it. I hate losing more than I even wanna win.”
The above is from Billy Beane’s character played by Brad Pitt in the 2011 film Moneyball.
Joel McDurmon, my colleague at American Vision, wrote the following after Trump’s Indiana primary victory:
“Conservatives fall into hopelessness and despair because they are trained to be pessimistic and reactionary, and from this malady they are provided no escape which is not condemned as ‘radical.’
“These characteristics are expressed and exacerbated most vividly in widespread pessimistic eschatology and a failure to critique the false view of Left and Right foisted upon them.
“With the former problem comes a secret love of cultural decline. The second brings a secret refusal to adopt biblical, as opposed to secular, standards of freedom. Both are then compounded by a self-induced paralysis to do any different. As the trend spirals downward, the entrapped refuse even to listen to anything outside of the prison of their pessimism.”
Of course, optimism without a plan to turn things around is delusional. Sometimes it takes a kick in the teeth before people will wake up to the real problems we face. You can either wallow in defeatism or look for ways to work within and outside the system to salvage some victory. We should always keep in mind that politics is fourth behind self-, family, and church governments. There will never be a fundamental change in the area of politics until individuals take responsibility for the governing of themselves and the areas of life that they have control over.
Last week, I saw three shows that help put failure into perspective. The first was a “60 Minutes Sports” profile of Paralympic athlete Alana Nichols. “During a snowboarding event in 2000, she attempted a back flip but over-rotated and landed back-first on a rock. The subsequent injury left her paralyzed from the waist down.” At first, she wanted to kill herself until she realized that life in a wheelchair was not the end of the world for her. She quickly mastered wheelchair basketball where she earned silver and gold medals at the Paralympics in 2004 and 2008.
She then mastered adaptive alpine skiing and has since mastered adaptive surfing.
The second show is the film, Walt Before Mickey (2015) The film covers the formative years of Walt Disney. He failed at nearly every business venture before he found success. He seemed to be on his way with the animated character Oswald Rabbit. The copyright, however, was held by a film distributor rather than Disney. The distributor, hoping to cut costs, hired the cartoonists away from Disney eliminating the need to pay Disney.
Most people would have given in and admitted defeat. Disney learned a hard but valuable lesson:
“The distributor, with the Disney staff and the copyright on Disney’s character, expected to profit from his coup C but without Disney’s ideas and fantasies. The physical things C the drawings, the film, and the theaters C were merely vehicles. It was only a matter of time before another set of vehicles could be arranged and the ideas incorporated in a new character C Mickey Mouse C which Disney copyrighted in his own name.”1
My wife and I watched the film Joy the other night. It’s the true story of Joy Mangano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop. That’s right, a mop. Mangano had everything stacked against her and yet she plowed forward and created a business dynasty.
These examples and more like them should serve as examples that all is not lost. The Progressives, Leftists, and Secularists would love to see us throw in the towel. In fact, they’re counting on it.
I admit that the political landscape looks grim, but now is not the time to give up. In fact, more people are engaged today than any other time in recent history. Hillary does not have a clear road to the White House. The GOP Establishment is unraveling. President Obama has overreached when the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” over transgender bathrooms in public schools at his demand. A number of states are fighting back, including Georgia that earlier had wimped out on the Religious Liberty Bill:
Read related article: “An Open Letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Liberty.”
“We at the Georgia Department of Education believe the ‘Dear Colleague Letter’ openly violates, misinterprets and moves to rewrite established U.S. law. This overreach of power by the Executive Branch of the federal government is compounded by the threat to withhold federal funds should the context of the letter not be followed.”
Read related article: “Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Uses the Bible to Deny the Bible and Our Liberty.”
This is a huge step by the states. Oklahoma Republicans are calling on Congress to impeach President Obama because his recent actions because it violates the sovereignty of the states.
Donald Trump may not be your choice to be President of the United States of America, but he is an indication that millions of people are fed up with the political establishment of both parties. Trump v. Hillary may be the shake-up we need.
Thomas Sowell, Knowledge and Decisions (New York: Basic Books, 1980), 71. ↩