I think any writer should assume that when he puts words to paper or any medium outside his head, the words he writes will be read by the entire world. Therefore, he should choose those words carefully. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve wondered what to tell Clash Daily readers. Before next Tuesday, what could I tell you that may offer some hope, a semblance of light or trace of sanity in this awful election cycle (the latest revelations regarding satanic “spirit cooking” can come as no surprise to anyone on this planet).
Maybe it’s not my place to offer solace. Maybe it’s a little presumptuous of me to be the person to offer that kind of aid. Do I know anything you don’t? No. So maybe what I’m about to say is more for me as a “cowboy up”. If you find hope within, great.
I believe well-intentioned people paint an exceptionally dark picture of our world if Hillary were to assume the office of the President. Trust me, life will be bad. The Constitution will take multiple hits. Freedom of religion and the right to bear arms will be curtailed to the point of amusing, historical anecdotes. Debt will reach levels beyond comedy. Equal rights under the law, mostly gone. Taxes and regulations will skyrocket. The economy will shift to what feeds government not what advances you and your family via the fruits of your physical and intellectual labor.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t recover. Whether Hillary Clinton wins, Donald Trump wins, or neither wins, American will survive. We could see an election battle like Bush vs. Gore in 2000 that could go on for months. We’re going to go through another recession, potentially a depression, and chances are we’ll be pulled into an active military conflict, mostly of our own doing. In all likelihood the next president will be taking on domestic and international challenges so large and consequential that the typical gray hair that consumes such a leader will fall out.
But we will get through it. How do I know this? We’re Americans. That’s what we do. Our country was not 100 years old before we almost crumbled from the Civil War, and we got over it. We survived and thrived after two World Wars, a Great Depression, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and September 11. We survive natural and manmade disasters all the time. And we do this because we rely on each other, not because a bureaucrat said so.
Regarding the solutions to our problems with government, at some point enough people will say “enough”, and Article V Convention of States will bring us back. I don’t predict the future (I quit doing that after I said Sarah Palin would run in 2012, and win handily), but I have faith in God and the American people. Divine intervention lead to the United States of America. Why would God do that if He weren’t willing to help us again? Whenever that is and whoever steps up, let’s do the right thing in the meantime.
See you on the other side.