The After. The Before. The Future, Present, and Past.

Like yesterday and tomorrow, the sun rises today. The landscape this morning, early as I post, looks much different from yesterday.

Congratulations to Barack Obama who has made history and proven we are nation that has moved beyond the need for quotas and affirmative action. The thirty years Sandra Day O’Connor speculated we might need before reconsidering affirmative action came a hell of a lot earlier than she thought.

A few weeks ago in Sunday School our teacher pointed out that many people confuse the church for a hospital. People come in to take care of their problems, share sympathies with like minded friends, etc. In fact, the church is part of an army on the front lines advancing against hell. Like any good army, there is a hospital component, but it’s all part of the army in the war.

Politics is the same way. At least I view it as such.

We now here have a day of rest. I’ve suggested to the contributors that they take a break today. We’ve fought hard. We’ve won some. We’ve lost some. The tide has turned against us for now. Some of you too are facing burn out. You’ve put in blood, sweat, and tears and we’ve ended up here. Breathe.

RedState stands at the front lines in the fight against the left. We fight hard here. We are not always meant to win. This is a never ending war. Often we view the fight for the White House as the war, but it is just one battle along the way. The war in politics between left and right does not end.

So some of you today are exhausted. Many of you are disappointed and depressed. You need a break. I understand completely. Here is my advice and my caution.

Many of you have been with us on the front lines slogging it out for months on end, never resting and never yielding. You need to go to the back, rest, and recover. In the army the field hospital is well off the front, but not out of the sound of fire. When troops are pulled from the front, they need to rest and recover, but not be so far removed that they mentally extricate themselves from the fight all together.

The same is true for us. You may not want to post diaries for a while. You may not want to engage in the comments. You may be feeling raw and just don’t want to deal with it. So don’t. Rest and recover. But stop by the site and read. Stay engaged on email. Don’t withdraw completely, despite your inclination to do so. At some point again you will be needed. We will need you. And you will again, though you may not think so today, you will again want to fight.

Take today and rest. Enjoy your friends and family.

I hope our contributors take a day too to rest. Work through and away from the burn out. Get your mind right again. The front now changes. The fight is now different. Things will change of necessity.

But RedState remains on the front lines. We will still be here tomorrow. We continue to fight. We aim to win. In the coming weeks we’ll deploy new tools, new weapons, and new contributors in this new fight. It is going to be damn fun. That I promise.

So take today and rest. I can’t blame you. In the mean time I will stand watch on the front. I will fight the fight while you re-energize. I’ll still be here when you come back. And when you do come back, you can stand on either hand and continue to keep this bridge with me. I’ll rest when I’m dead. At RedState, we fight on.

— Erick

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