When I was in the military, there was a phrase that was barked when things went sour: “Drive on with a hard on!” Crass? Perhaps. But it captures what conservatives need to do in the wake of President Obama’s re-election.
Stop whining. Don’t cry. Get up off the ground, regroup, compose yourself and get back into the fight. President Obama eked out a popular vote win be garnering 50 percent to Romney’s 48 percent. The country is essentially divided between those who believe in free markets and limited government, and those who would willingly abdicate individual liberty for confiscated goodies doled out by their bureaucrat slave masters. The problem? We’re already $16 trillion in debt. It’s a math problem that doesn’t add up, but we have to successfully make the case because when the financial house of cards implodes they will try to shift blame elsewhere. We are watching it unfold in Europe, and it will happen here, only much worse.
And so, we must “drive on with a hard on.” You must love the fight. You must revel in it. And we do, because the timeless principles embedded in the Declaration of Independence and codified into law by the U.S. Constitution made America the greatest country the world has ever known. We once had men like Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. Our country was shaped by titans like Abraham Lincoln. And yet, who among us would intellectually roll over and die — who would wave the white flag of surrender — to the likes of Joe Biden?
The nation is ill. It is very ill. But unlike liberals, who always look for ways to end life at both ends of the spectrum, conservatives will not give up on America.
I leave you with the words of Douglas MacArthur, beautifully delivered to West Point cadets May 12, 1962. Today, we live in a country of man-children who are not up to the task of entrusting freedom and liberty to future generations, but on the day when circumstances force the blinders from their eyes and they must stare reality in the face, the blueprints for victory must be at hand — and you must provide them. These words have always brought comfort to me, and perhaps they will stiffen your resolve as well.
Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.
Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.
The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.
But these are some of the things they do: They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation’s defense.