I woke up saddened, with a heavy heart and after getting my two older kids off to school I sat on my couch and snuggled my sweet baby feeling zapped of all energy this morning. I allowed myself a couple of hours of a pity party. I’ve been reading the blame game on all of the social media outlets- looking for a ray of sunshine in what seems to be a dark future. Some blame the Republican party, some blame the fact we didn’t get a conservative enough candidate, some blame those who gave Gary Johnson their vote in an effort to perhaps show America that the Republican party is over. Sadly, for those people, they just drilled a hole in the same boat with which they happen to be sitting. I’ll let them deal with the brilliance of that over the next four years.
I’ve watched the winners gloat- and have to be okay with it, because I’m sure I would be doing something similar (although hopefully with a little more class than some people I know.)
And, after two hours of all of that I am forcing myself to find positive things that can come out of this crushing defeat for our country. Yes, our entire country – because for most of those who voted for double down on four years of catastrophe- they do so out of complete ignorance and a sheeple mentality. We aren’t dealing with the same kinds of people who saw the error of their ways after Carter- the same people who lived and learned and gave us a Reagan. No, this is an entirely different generation. One who has been bought.
But, this is the hand that we have been dealt. So we deal. I look back over the last few years of the Obama presidency and have to acknowledge that some good things have come from it. No, not as a nation clearly but through many individuals. This website, Liberty Juice, is one of those things. An Obama administration didn’t wake us up- because we were awake and aware of what was happening before Obama- but it motivated and inspired us to get involved on levels that we had never considered possible before.
Activism was born in my heart over the last 4 years on many levels- not just through the establishment – but on the grassroots levels. And, I would like to think that as a result it’s been paid forward and others have been influenced and inspired by our activities. Four more years of Obama means four more years of non-complacency and an opportunity to awaken more possibilities in the hearts of others.
I’m sure I’ll spend more time venting and preaching to those across the social media outlets that I’m watching have complete meltdowns over this election- but yet, I never ran into them at the phone banks, I never saw them volunteering at their headquarters, I never saw them working any polls, they never responded to any volunteer Get Out The Vote activities- but they always have an awful lot to type in a 160 characters.
I’ll put my opinions on that to the side for now, and focus on what I can do to inspire and continue to awaken this Sleeping Giant we call conservative America. I think gridlock is the best we can hope for in Washington for the next 48 months. The Republican Party needs to spend very little time licking their wounds and quickly get down to business figuring out what went wrong. How did we lose an election to an incumbent with soaring unemployment numbers, a record food stamp nation, a small business community that is being strangled by big government regulation and taxes? This needs to be answered and we need to get better at defining our message, educating the people, and more importantly motivating our base to get up and get involved.
I owe it to my three children to make this America better than what it currently is. And I want them to see a mom who is willing to exhaust all of her efforts – when it’s easy and when it’s hard- on their behalf. Not just because I owe it to my country- but because I owe it to them. Take another day to sob over the loss and then put on your big kid underwear- quit the blame game- and figure out what YOU can do different this time around. The 2016 campaign starts in just a few minutes.
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