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Winter of Our Discontent? No, Resolve!

winter“This is the winter of our discontent,” drawn from Shakespeare’s Richard III, was used 60 years ago by Steinbeck to express brooding forces preying on good people – fear, cowardice, loss of conscience, loss of hope. Looking at our listless national leaders, lost moral anchor, lack of focus on history – never mind literature – one is tempted wallow in “our winter of discontent.” Do not.

Yes, the 2020 election was a COVID-afflicted disaster, ideologically and insufferably negative.  Yes, we are a divided nation.  Yes, vaccines are slow, Biden bumbling and feckless, his policies on Iran, China, debt, censorship, rights – reckless. But think hard about the moment.

First, too much is at stake for conservatives to give up.  In our hearts, we know this.  Core freedoms are at risk – the right to express our opinions, hold our faith, work, assemble, attend school, petition for grievances, limit government’s reach, truthfully teach, protect our family, restore national solvency, and honor border sanctity. These are not small matters.

We also know our Nation’s character – distinguished by never giving up.  History teaches: Never count Americans out where freedom is concerned.  From 1776 to Tranquility Base, Americans resolve to do things – and do them.

Yes, we sometimes lose. We lost bitter battles on the way to freedom, in places like Bunker Hill, Quebec, Long Island, Kip’s Bay – a hundred engagements over seven years – until the British empire surrendered at Yorktown.

In WWII, defeats at Kasserine Pass and Dieppe preceded Normandy, Pearl Harbor preceded Doolittle’s raid, and Pacific losses preceded Midway and Iwo Jima – triumphs for freedom.

Nor do we shy from the battle of ideas. America’s love of freedom has prevailed against “utopian socialists” and “international Marxism,” Trotskyites in the 1920s, European fascism, “authoritarian socialism,” communist “fellow travelers,” and violent radicalism in the 1960s, along with Soviet Communism, which Reagan relegated to “the dust heap of history.”  In each case, Americans routed enemies for freedom – decisively.

How? Individual and national resolve, exercising rights to protect them, and embracing risk, secure in the knowledge that free Americans, working together, are unstoppable. So, today’s stakes are high, but history says we will prevail if we know our past and apply it.

Second, the best victory is conversion. What is conversion but persuasion in the service of truth?  We all have the power – those who know why rights matter – to speak at school board meetings, town councils, city halls, public hearings, with state legislators, petitioning, joining organizations like AMAC – unifying behind one mission.  One pebble tips a scale, one wave turns a tide, one voice that stands, explains, and refuses to hide – can change everything.

Ronald Reagan was disparaged until understood and revered. Winston Churchill, while prescient, was derided for warning about Hitler’s “national socialism” and later Soviet Communism. Reagan and Churchill stood their ground, glad for the chance. They teach us now. They suffered political critics but won the day.

Churchill famously quipped that “Success is the art of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Reagan never doubted freedom’s call, America’s destiny, or the power of simple truth, plainly spoken, courageously defended to convert.  If they believed, shouldn’t we?

Whether battling Democratic socialism, Chinese communism, High Tech monopolies, media prejudice, cancel culture, anti-religious or anti-Second Amendment sentiment, their resolve should be ours.  Behind conservatism is the power of history, truth, and persuasion.  These tools we should wield with confidence, not doubt.

The power of one well-informed mind and stout heart to restart a conversation is real. Once upon a time, no one thought Britain could stand down the Nazis, or Reagan the Soviets. Both did, or free peoples did, persuaded by their belief. This is the conviction Lady Liberty needs today.

Third, persuasive victories are won by inches, incrementally.  Epiphanies are rare, around a family table, at a congressional hearing, or in the voting booth.  Good people must speak, offer sound arguments, make plain what others do not see.  In time, experience comes around and meets doubters. Socialism, like unemployment, is theoretical until the fingers of restriction, lost rights, debt, taxation, and aggravation curl into a fist – around the individual. Then it is real.

Fourth, envision good outcomes.  In practical terms, we can envision the US House and Senate flipping in 2022, new administration in 2024.  We can envision convincing moderates to hold fast, not letting radical ideas pass.  We can envision being over COVID, retaking governorships, preventing future lockdowns.  All good, but what about right now?

In the near term, we must envision lockdowns lifted – work for that outcome, businesses reopened, kids in school, teachers responsible to parents not unions, politicians regaled with facts, recalled if appropriate, social media abandoned, boycotted, entanglements unknotted, new venues created, citizens newly appreciated. We must hoist the flag of accountability.

All this we can do before 2022, long before 2024. We have in our power the ability to shape the next two years. We must use that power – which starts with not accepting “this is the winter of our discontent.”  Yes, easier said than done. But doing produces energy, as ambivalence drains it.  We must lean forward, conservatives who care, starting now.

Funny how history teaches. In truth, although Richard III is controversial, the line is often misunderstood. His speech offers hope, not despair. War has ended, his brother ascended, “glorious summer” before them – and “our stern alarms changed to merry meetings.” And Steinbeck’s character, who loses hope, gains wisdom in the end.  So, let us resolve to “merry meetings” and new wisdom – along the way more hope, less fear.

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Stillkickin
7 months ago

Why is it that everyday there are new reports of corruption, scandal, duplicity, outright lies that are easily verified from the democratic regime and yet NOTHING is ever done about it ? Why has Hilary escaped prosecution ? Comer ? Brennan ? McCabe ? Lois Lerner ? Why when the Republicans had a majority did they not get anything done ? (Seemingly the best things done during those years were Trump’s executive orders) And now when it seems that the Left will run rough shod over us ( have the majority; will pack the Supreme Court; change voting policies ; repeal the second amendment – in short, RUIN our country) do we just moan and groan and NOTHING can be done ? It is excruciating to watch our country going to hell in a handbasket !!

Carl Dry
7 months ago

Everybody with good sense and a small bit of patriotism knows that our government is corrupt to the core, but NOTHING will change until somebody files charges against the worst of the bunch, gets convictions and then maybe, just maybe, we can start to right the ship of freedom.

Jm Schull
7 months ago

Great article. We’ve been stepped on and lied to, but we’re up for the next round!

Marilyn Atkins
7 months ago

THEY ARE SO RIDICULOUS IT WOULD BE FUNNY IF IT WASN’T SO SERIOUS. BUT SATAN’S DEMONS THINK THE FENCING AND NATIONAL GUARD CAN PROTECT THEM FROM GOD’S MIGHTY ARMY OF ANGELS. HOW WRONG THEY ARE!

Juniper
7 months ago

I never thought I would see the day that we ban books. What’s next?? Burning them!! The crazy lefties have the bit in their teeth and they are gonna do exactly what they want, whenever they want. We are in deep, deep trouble.

johnh
7 months ago

Thanks for great article. WWII was won by a patriotic “Greatest Generation” , the sacrifices of USA families, and smart use & rationing of Natural Resources. The Government was adept at bringing the troops home, creating jobs, GI loans , etc. to make America great again. The biggest issue to me is that this country was united & not divided. Will the current generations be as strong as this group?
I hope that people realize how important it is for US to be energy independent, not depend on govt. to give them free stuff, & accept future election results? A divided country is not good.

Ramblin Rogue
7 months ago

This is a well written and inspiring article about the truth of our current predicament. I was ready to throw in the towel, leave my beloved country and let them have this Frankenstein they’re creating!! But now I’m ready to grab a torch and pitchfork. Thanks AMAC for another great read.

Ramona Gillespie
7 months ago

Thank you Amac for standing and encouraging truth.

Pete from St Pete
7 months ago

Reagan and Churchill never faced a cancel culture backed by the mainstream media of their time that would not let them get their messages out and did not report on anything that diminished the actions of their opponents. God help us.

Ramblin Rogue
7 months ago

Reagan followed a dead Carter economy though and turned it around, like Trump. Churchill had Goerbels, Hitler’s propaganda Master and don’t forget Italy & Japan’s constant barrage of “news”.
When the Whole world is getting it’s info from the newspaper and radio it’s much easier to spread misinformation. Today we have too many sources and folks trusted and believed the news Then!!
I’m just sayin

Virginia
7 months ago

The democrats are showing their true colors now. The sweet talking is over. Wake up and work to get our country back. We can do this. We are stronger, and so much smarter. Clean up those voter rolls. Volunteer to help those running for office. Make America Great!

Jm Schull
7 months ago
Reply to  Virginia

Or run for a local office yourself. there’s the real grass roots that state and federal government is standing on. Root out corruption from the bottom up.

Rob Curry
7 months ago

Never give up, never give up, NEVER GIVE UP! America is a Wonderful Nation!

Ramblin Rogue
7 months ago
Reply to  Rob Curry

And she is worth fighting and dying for!!!

John A. Fallon
7 months ago

AMERICA SURVIVED WW1&WW2 because of our industrial capabilities, which chinajoe is determined to DESTROY, he will shut down AMERICAS ENERGY INDEPENDENCE just so his corrupt, greedy family can make themselves filthy rich with the deals his BAGMAN(hunter) made with china and ukraine energy co., he will ship our industrial jobs to china, helping our enemies to weaken AMERICAS ECONOMY AND DEFENSIVE CAPABILITIES, ALL FOR THE PROFIT OF THE SWAMP RATS from both parties, LOBBYING SHOULD BE ILLEGAL, HOW MANY LOBBYISTS ARE AGENTS OF HOSTILE STATES? WHY DON’T WE ASK swallwell or pelosi or mcconnell or schiff or schumer or nadler or romney or chinajoe or cameltoe? WE NEED TO PROVE VOTER FRAUD NOW, SCOTUS NEEDS TO DO THIER JOBS AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, or are they agents of a foriegn state also? HOW DO WE SURVIVE WW3? we don’t.

Barry Courtnay
7 months ago

This a very uplifting article. We need hope after the last year of darkness. As the days grow longer and the sun is brighter, may this bring out the good in all of us. Now is the time to look ahead start listening to those that what to be are leaders. Sort the ones out that are not sincere in their true objective. We need good honest men and women that really love this country. Not just wanting power and money, like so many in today’s world. I have voiced my opinion through the past years, not saying that I was always right, but I do care especially about the little guy and gal. WE make this great nation what it is, without us getting up and working hard all of our lives this country would not have survived. To see what Washington is trying to do makes me sick. Stand tall stay in touch with what’s going on around you, and always take a second to remember why America is the greatest country in the world. Because people like you and people like me have fought hard all our life’s to Keep America great. I thank God for this day, and those to come. We The People will overcome this time in history. Thanks

Frank
7 months ago

What bothers me are the elections every going to be legal again?

Dale Linda Eugster
7 months ago

Thank you, Robert Charles.. I find this article to be a very well written and timely message that God is still in control and that we cannot give up. Thank you.

Cynthia Howe
7 months ago

Thank you Robert Charles for encouraging us to focus on what we CAN do in the short term. For reminding us of the past dark days that we overcame, for reminding us that our values and morals are right and have and will hold up to the trials. A great message we all need right now. Well done sir.

RBC
7 months ago
Reply to  Cynthia Howe

Thank you Cynthia! We all have more power to act, lean forward, make a difference in our orbit than we typically know or realize – and remembering little steps count is part of the big picture. Thank you so much for your reading, commenting and feeling the lift of history, because it is when we first begin to feel it – like lift in a light plane finally free of the earth – that we know we can do what we aspire to, we are then soon in motion. We do live in challenging times. Many before us lived, as we know, in far more challenging times. Patriotism is so often held close, even minimized, until truly needed – and then it emerges. Put differently, fools make fools of themselves, and then the Americans who know where values, rights, and history merge – step up. Much can be done by educating, and the vast center – much of it young – needs to be told the truth, about our past. If schools fail, we do not need to fail. We can do it. With good wishes and gratitude. V/R, RBC

Judy
7 months ago

Why doesn’t he mention AMERICA’S ‘STOLEN ELECTION?
Is it because after our entire government turned their backs on us and not even the Republican’s like Mitch McConnell lied about the facts of the January 6th Capital incident, which was NOT INVESTIGATED BECAUSE OUR DOJ AND FBI ARE ALSO CORRUPT, AND DECIDED TO TWIST THE ACTIONS OF THE PRESIDENT INTO SAYING BECAUSE HE WANTED US TO HAVE A VOICE ABOUT CIVILITY AND ABIDING BY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS, TO JUST BLAME TRUMP FOR TELLING US TO GO TO THE CAPITAL PEACEFULLY!!!!
So now because that’s just the way it is, and everybody thinks we need to just lay down and take it??
THAT IS TREASON AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!

Sugar coating what our cheating government did is not going to catapult us to the front of the line of demanding accountability! Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden admitted to the world they were going to cheat in the election, just not in so many words. No, what needs to be looked at is how over the years the Cabal has been moving towards their goal of destroying this country. How long ago did it start, and with whom? The dumbing down of our culture began, I think just after JFK was murdered back in November of 1963. Things began to unravel with all the conspiracies surrounding his death. Some think it began back in 1871 when some conspiracy theorists say the Congress changed just one word in our Constitution to ‘of The United States,’ instead of for The United States’ allowing Congress to establish DC as part of The United States which somehow gave them the authority to become Landlords and not have to answer to the people…AND which these conspiracy theorists say DC is not really part of the U.S.. Like DC is on foreign soil. I don’t know whether to believe any of that, but it’s quite intriguing to say the least. I recall in the 70’s anti-american organizations like the ALCU, feminists and Anarchist groups were becoming sympathetic to whiners who didn’t like seeing the Ten Commandments and the Cross, which everyone knows is symbolic of Christ’s sacrifice for the world, not wanted to be seen in government institutions and on Public lands. The demoralizing of our country was now becoming visual to the world in removing God from as much of our ‘public’ lives as possible. Now it’s a blatant attack on our personal freedom of religion as Christian’s.
If our freedoms as American Citizens and elections are no longer relevant, how do we make our government accountable when ‘every aspect’ of it is corrupt including our last effort of a chance to claim truthfulness with the SCOTUS??? Does anyone have an answer for that?

HocasPocas
7 months ago
Reply to  Judy

He didn’t mention the corruption in our stolen election in his article because we haven’t overcome it yet.

Chuck
7 months ago
Reply to  Judy

“removing God from as much of our ‘public’ lives as possible” has been going on for decades. The further we are away from Him, the harder it is to hear Him. One big part of America’s success and ability to recover is because of God’s blessing on America. He is still in control, but He may let us continue to walk away from His blessing.

John A. Fallon
7 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Seperation of church and state is NOT a law, it was a consern of a very inteligent political leader, he saw how in some countries(like england) started thier own “religion” and banned others, the seperation is meant to go both ways, keep religion out of politics and POLITICS out of religion, most dictators oppress religious belief, some USE IT to get control(like iran) they too oppress the faithful,
“WE THE PEOPLE” need to stand up not only FOR THE FAITHFUL but also for non-believers, it is called FREEDOM OF CHOICE, NO ONE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO FORCE THIER BELIEFS ON ANYONE.

Iris
7 months ago

What an uplifting writing. I have been so depressed by all that is churning around in our government. I will take the writing of Mr. Charles to heart. But I also agree with Mr. Russell . What are we doing about the election process coming up in 2 years. We already know Democrats are bringing in masses of illegal immigrants. They are being brought in to swing the next election of course. The election coming up is a serious priority.

HocasPocas
7 months ago
Reply to  Iris

The majority of those immigrants are flowing in as MS-13,Antifa and BLM

Stephen Wagner
7 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

verified again today

HocasPocas
7 months ago

Thank you Mr. Charles! This gives me a sense of hope and determination.

Stephen Russell
7 months ago

2020 election was NOT Covid afflicted disaster it was rigged, planned day 1
Better find ways to counter for 2022 races or rerun 2020

Stephen Wagner
7 months ago

trouble is – so many knew this was coming and no one did anything about it – and they are planning even more take over in 22 and 24

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