We Reap What We Sow

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So, guess what? I’m disappointed, along with the other 57 million people who voted for Mitt Romney. Even still, disappointment and failure is never an excuse for any of us to give up. From that first big slug in my gut after my husband was killed in 2001 until this day, the one thing that has kept me grounded is my faith in God and the knowledge that things will get better over time.

Mindboggling is the word that comes to mind when I swallow the fact that a majority — almost 60 million people — voted to affirm the antithesis of America’s Judeo-Christian values and sound economic reform.  It is as if people checked their brains at the door prior to pulling the polling booth’s curtain.

The chickens will most certainly be coming home to roost in America, so it sure would be nice if there were a way to protect those of us who voted with all our faculties intact from the looming collateral damage. But it doesn’t work that way. Until the bottom drops out and we become Greece West, we are still America, and Americans do not give up just because times are tough.

Failure is not a bad word — just as long as it is followed by a comma or semicolon and not a period. History is filled with examples of failure transformed into achievement. The 2012 election should serve as an opportunity for introspection as well as inspiration because conservatives can do better.

One takeaway from Romney’s defeat is we conservatives must invest our time and energy on America’s youth. Analysts say more youth voted in 2012 than in 2008 and Obama was the recipient of more than 60 percent of the youth vote.

While many of us have been preoccupied making big bucks and moving up the corporate ladder, liberalism has wormed its way into our school systems and universities; hence infiltrating our children’s minds. We’ve been too busy for family dinners during the week and no time for worship on the weekend. We’ve sent our kids onto the battlefield unarmed and defenseless.  No wonder so many of them voted for Barack Obama.

How easy it is to cast blame on everyone but ourselves when bad things happen. Sure, 60 million people decided to give Obama a second chance, but until conservatives take responsibility for their own missteps, they will never become the better version of themselves America’s children deserve.

I can’t help but wonder had we done our job; maybe the youth would have noted an inconsistency in a president who blatantly betrayed the Christian faith he claims to be part of, when he mandated a plaque with Jesus’ name on it be covered during his Georgetown University speech in 2009. And they should have at least questioned why a smart Harvard graduate would strategically omit the word “Creator” from the Declaration of Independence in recent years. And if we’d taught them sound economic values like balancing a budget or how to balance a checkbook, maybe they wouldn’t have been so mesmerized by one who uses taxpayer funds like Monopoly money and offers handouts as if they grow on trees on the White House lawn.

Elections have consequences, and we will reap what we sow, so we may as well busy ourselves in the meantime investing in something that will undoubtedly pay off in the future — our children. The Republican Establishment will say it’s time to go back to the drawing board, but I think we need to go back to the dining room table.

10 Responses to We Reap What We Sow

  • “It is as if people checked their brains at the door prior to pulling the polling booth’s curtain.”

    “it sure would be nice if there were a way to protect those of us who voted with all our faculties intact”

    May I suggest that one of the reasons that conservatives (even Christians) come off as mean and without compassion are statements like those above. Why is it that we tend to attack those who disagree with us? I think there are many people on the left who only see us as angry white folks who are against this or that. If we want people to listen to our ideas, we better start treating them with respect. If an Obama supporter read those words, I think most would immediately turn off any valid argument you had to make. Of even more concern, how is it that calling someone an idiot, which is heavily implied by your statements, shows anyone the love of Christ?

    • And politically correct “religious” Germans remained silent with Nazi death camps in their back yards. Christians do not sit in silence while babies are murdered nor do they sit in silence while America’s children are being brainwashed by liberalism. Actions matter and so do words. Wake up.

      • Susan, read what I wrote again. Where exactly did I say or imply that we must be silent? I just think we ought to be respectful. We are far more likely to influence others when we are courteous and respectful. There is an old saying that carries a lot of truth – People don’t care what you know until they know that you care…about them.

  • Susan, your attitude implies that you are a hateful, vindictive, and insecure bigot. I am sure you know that not everyone who voted for Mitten did not do so because of his religious leanings, but some voted for him just to “get the black guy out”. If the Republican agenda was not only to “make sure Obama is a one term president” our great country might not still be in this mess we find ourselves in. The Republicans voted unanimously against nearly every issue that might have improved our economic situation, causing our country’s credit rating to founder, Wake up and smell the coffee,

    • Nawwww. I’m just a concerned patriot.

    • Sam you need to look back 4 years ago and reevaluate your thinking. It was Mr Obama himself stated that if he didn’t improve things in four years he wouldn’t run for another term. People just expected him to keep his word. You tell us has he improved anything? Let’s take a look he made the Gay and Lesbian community happy and let’s look again, he made the Hispanic community happy, he’s doubled the deficit in 4 yrs, and more people unemployed and a record number of US citizens on food stamps and wick programs. Are we bigots? hell yes we are. I’ll try somebody else and their religion shouldn’t really matter should it? Hope the next four years work out for ya , I just hope you make over $250,000.00 a year then you can pay my way, I like it already.

  • I agree that the dining room table is important. We rarely eat out and dinner at night was home cooked at the table with no TV. It was always a time to catch up, unwind and talk. Since the third grade my daughter grew up and lived in south Louisiana – a heavily conservative state. She excelled in (public) school, achieved a 30 in her ACT scores and graduated from one of the best private colleges in America. She lives and works in NYC and makes an excellent living using her degree. Our historical ancestry is English going back to the Revolutionary war in New England. But bottom line: she’s also an ardent liberal, voted for President Obama, and finds nothing of substance in today’s Republican party. She’s smart, concerned, involved and vocal – exactly the young person you want in your party and at 28, she has a lot of years to vote. But if you want to get American youth on board, you’ve got to do more than hold them prisoner at dinner time. The Republican party scares the hell out of her and it doesn’t look like y’all are going to change that any time soon.

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