Living in California I can’t help but feel that I exist as anomaly. Being 22 and a staunch conservative on pretty much every issue I feel out of place. Even in the small town area of the Antelope Valley where I reside there seems to be a prevailing theme of big government and social progressivism/leftism. I can take solace though in the fact conservatives across this country in all levels of government have been elected. However here in the Golden State we seem to be virtually immune to any sort of political wave. Actually I would call November 4th’s California results a “GOP bump” because we took the super majority from the Democrats and even some city council seats. I often scoff that California is a geographical prison of our own design, it’s too expensive to leave but too expensive to live in.
At times I feel it’s not just here in my home state where these problems run amok they are the underlying theme of our grievances: out of control spending, unfettered illegal immigration, encroaching shadow of government on the internet and even taxing our soft drinks in some municipalities all of which point to the complete disregard of our founding documents. Our country is polarized, our culture is virtually split into two, and our way of life seems to be shoveled into the furnace while our “leaders” click their tongues about how to pacify us. I believe there is a civil war going on in this country, but this one is not fought on the physical plane with rifles. This one is being waged on the battlefield of ideas where emotions run high and tension is taut; while we struck a major blow earlier this month, we have to press on and not give them time to regroup. This isn’t a North vs South fight, but a fight to rediscover the American Identity.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. -Alexis de Tocqueville
I believe we are at the apex of our Republic and ever so slightly we teeter towards the void of oblivion and thus the dustbin of history. Can we reverse it? Absolutely! Debate in a public forum is the best way to preserve our Republic for it is there we can bring out new ideas. However we have to heed words that have been written down by wise men decades, centuries, even millenia before us. The battlefield of ideas is more dangerous than mortars, bullets, or a nuke; humanity can always rebuild from such conflict. Ideas shape opinions, governments, countries, policy. It is here we can win and it is here we are winning.
Ronald Reagan said in his famous Time for Choosing Speech “if we lose freedom here there is no where to run to, this is the last stand on Earth!”.
Yes I live in California and I struggle with the prospect of leaving which is what I want, and yet I can’t help but feel as though my state is calling me and that I must answer.
Let us continue fighting for Faith, Family, and Freedom. God bless you all and God bless America.