There is a lot of reason for us to be pessimists in this day and age. With the most liberal government we’ve ever had, apathetic voters electing a pathological liar to the White House – not once but twice — the erosion of our culture, and the rise of Islam, there are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the nation and world that we live in. But we’re Americans. We cheer for the underdog, we love movies like Rocky and Rudy, we stand up for the little guy, we buy hope over fear and love over hate.
Optimism is ingrained in our national heritage. Our forefathers sailed across an ocean from the most advanced and civilized nation of their day for the unadulterated wilderness that was North America. They went from having all of the amenities and niceties of their modern world to moving into the unknown with nothing but the clothes on their back and HOPE before them. It would be like us leaving the creature comforts of modern day America and travelling to the moon with the hope that generations from now life would be better for our children’s children. Our people did that, we did that.
Hope and confidence are part of our cultural DNA. One of the reasons (secularly speaking) that Christianity caught on like wildfire in medieval Europe was the hope and confidence it brought into the lives of the average Middle Age European. Their lives were dark, dangerous and full of pain – both physical and emotional. Christianity offered them something new an opportunity to have hope that while this life may be filled with pain, the next would be empty of suffering. It offered them confidence they could move from day to day among the hardship and heartache that was Medieval Europe, because they knew that one day all of life’s difficulty would be replaced with the ease of living with their God. That hope and confidence are also tightly knit into our cultural DNA, whether liberal America wants to deny it or not. Our nation’s culture of optimism was born out of our Christian tradition and it still permeates our national conscience.
Not everything is as it seems. Yes, we’ve lost on gay marriage and are losing on healthcare and government spending, but there are indications that we’re doing better than the media tell us. Support for gun rights has never been higher. The war on abortion is moving in our direction as people’s eyes are being opened to how extreme America is on abortion availability. We’ve won important battles over the last couple of years. Americans are becoming more suspicious of government, and while on the face that may seem like a negative, it is not — being cynical about our government is the best and surest way to safeguard our freedoms. Europe is finally realizing that socialism is a losing gambit, and Americans may learn this without having to be entrenched in it for several generations. Today we have more philosophical conservatives serving in government than ever before, and while that may be balanced by more socialists than ever before, it does mean that conservatism has a loud, passionate voice in the American political arena today. We didn’t have that just ten short years ago.
Some things are getting better.
Lastly, conservatism has always been the last bastion of optimism. We cannot lose our ownership of that. Progressivism sees the world as a negative and antagonistic place that must be guarded against. Conservatives see the world as gift, each day full of possibility for those who will take the responsibility to capture it. My friends, we are the party of hope. We are the party of confidence. We are the party of optimism.
No matter what sad, hopeless lies the liberals try to force feed us…
We can be passionate patriots because we know that we are an exceptional people who are members of an exceptional nation.
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