I’ll be honest, when I first sat down to write this statement, I wanted to lash out in anger and disappointment and play the victim card. I wanted to go on a 600 word rant about how I’m extraordinarily disillusioned with the apparent destruction of America and the ignorance of those around me. Then I actually took time to think about it. Where will anger get me? Proverbs 14:29 states “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” Please, conservatives, I urge you to take a step back and count to ten. Sure, we’re all angry, myself included. However, this is not the time to scream, cry and point your fingers in blame. Those are immature tactics often espoused by many people on the left. Of course we have a right to be angry, but we should not dwell in our own wrath and self-pity. We’re better than that. Anger never solves anything. However, fervent, education passion has the power to change the course of history.
You know why I felt angry? I felt angry because I felt small. I feel like my future has been snatched away from me and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. The first time I wrote a blog was the day after Obamacare passed in 2010. I knew I had to do something and sending my opinions into cyberspace seemed like an appropriate response. Immediately after the Supreme Court decision came out yesterday, I felt as if every word I’ve written down since that day has been for naught. But you know what? I was wrong. This is merely a setback in my journey, and the journey of all conservatives. We lost a battle, but not the war. This is not a time to lose faith. We’re Americans for crying out loud. We are at our best when we’re down by ten at the 2 minute warning. Tackling adversity is what we do best. We need to bring out the fighting American in all of us and rely on faith, not fear.
It’s easy to feel like we are powerless, but we are not powerless. The first thing we need to do is pray, and pray hard. Point your hearts toward God, for he has a plan, no matter how dark our situation seems. Pray out of love, not anger and fear, however difficult that may be. Pray because you love our nation and want to preserve the republic. Pray because you love your freedom. Whether you’re a young person who will face higher health care costs, or a parent anxious for your child’s future, pray. Trust, pray, have faith.
Next, make sure you are educated. Read, listen, and learn. Don’t understand the Obamacare ruling? Read the Court’s opinion or ask a doctor what it law will mean for your future. Do what you can to ensure that you’re educated about EVERYTHING. The liberal movement in this country behind things like Obamacare is founded upon the ignorance of millions. Many, my liberal college peers specifically, actually believe that this law will provide “good” and “affordable” health care. Perhaps they need a lesson in basic economic physics. Look at Europe and Canada. You can’t insure everyone with a limited good. Congratulations, we’re looking forward to healthcare rationing, waiting lists for surgery, and skyrocketing premiums. Don’t believe me? EDUCATE yourself. Read economic opinions on Obamacare from BOTH sides. As long as you’re not gullible enough to trust the feel-good fallacies of the left, you’ll quickly find out which side is correct. Then, educate those around you. This is a task the SLU College Republicans will be taking on personally. If you’re in the area, come to our meetings in the fall. Don’t understand something in the news? Contact the SLUCR Executive Board and we can help, or reach out to conservative leaders in your area. A force of passionate, educated college students is a force to be reckoned with.
Finally, we need to fight. Fight for our republic and fight for our liberty. And for the dense liberals out there who are taking the word “fight” literally, please grow a brain. We will remain active through words and deeds, not guns and fists. We’re not Occupy Wall Street, by the way. Conservatives, especially members of our generation, get engaged. Make sure you’re registered to vote. Get your friends registered. Volunteer for a candidate. Donate to a campaign. Start a blog. Do WHATEVER you can to ensure that conservatives take back the House, Senate and Presidency in the fall. Don’t sit down. If you don’t stand for anything, you’ll fall for everything. So, it’s time to stand. Stand for our nation and stand for your freedom. Make sure that the fighting American spirit survives and preserves the greatest nation the world has ever seen.