April is the cruellest month.... Okay I'm not going to post the poem here, but you can read it at http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/18993.
T.S. Eliot's depiction of the decay of the moral and social fiber of the world in his famous poem The Waste Land is clearly as meaningful today as it was when he wrote it. It captures the the hopelessness and despair that we feel, yet ultimately extends a hand of hope and optimism to the reader.
He uses the image of a red rock to emphasize the importance of religious faith in a world where religious faith is on the decline. I join T.S. Eliot and ask all to "come in under the shadow of this red rock."
Our founders established our political system embedded on the rock of belief that our Creator has endowed us with the freedom to make the decisions that will either lead us to greatness or cause our destruction. Americans must unite behind a proven philosophy that our freedom is endowed by our Creator. Government should be limited to protecting that freedom so as not to impose on that freedom.
While things may seem in turmoil now, we must maintain an optimism beyond the hopelessness and despair we may feel about our world, particularly after the last election. This electoral mistake shows us how we need to be very careful in how we evaluate the choices that we as individuals and as a nation make, especially when choosing our leaders.
Ronald Reagan said: "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness."
Sarah Palin existentially speaking:
We don’t believe that human nature is perfectible; we’re suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it’s trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean that we’re resigned to, well, any negative destiny. Not at all. I believe in striving for the ideal, but in realistic confines of human nature…
The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can’t fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don’t trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.
The Sisyphus Files
The reality: reviving conservativism is not just a political issue, it's a cultural one. It is incurable in Washington D.C. The disaster I refer to is an idolatrous culture that has worshipped at the feet of the state. This is not a political problem, and it is not the fault of politicians (either on the Republican side, or the Democratic side). The culture is in a state of disaster both morally and ideologically.