There has been a lot of soul searching in the wake of this election, and everyone is looking at the result in a different way.
No matter what you are thinking, and no matter what your perspective, I can tell you with 100% confidence – America is Not Dead.
How can I be so sure?
Because America has never been defined by a President, and certainly never defined by a single person. In fact – the greatness of America has never relied on elected officials at any level.
The greatness of America is that for the first time in human history free people came together and willingly formed a governmental system which was designed to protect individual rights. It is the individual that defines the United States –not a pseudo-monarch.
The founders designed a Constitution with the goal of protecting liberty and property for each individual – not heaping notoriety or significance on the President. For us to do this is to move away from what will restore the Republic. It isn’t about centralized power or ability in one man. It is about de-centralized power, and protecting the individual so they may pursue happiness in the way they see fit and drive prosperity for themselves and their family.
For generations, men in pursuit of power or some kind of collectivist vision for the Republic have sought to weaken this foundation of individual rights. And yes – at times they have succeeded.
But guess what? Our rights do not come from them. Our rights were not formed by them, and our rights cannot be taken by them. As long as my heart beats – I will defend the cause of freedom.
I’ve always loved the Mises Institute motto which they took from Virgil “Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito” Translated: “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”
You see, our fight – the fight to protect individual rights – is bigger than any one man. It’s much bigger than Obama. This fight existed long before he was born, and it will last long after he dies. A free society requires personal responsibility and self-ownership. These ideas are challenged with each generation, and must be defended. Just look at the statists that came before us – Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and many more.
All the solutions for the future rest in protection of individual rights, not in waiting for a hero to show up at high noon and save us.
If you thought someone was going to ride into DC and wave a magic wand and fix all of the world’s problems – you were wrong.
If you thought that we could change generations of eroding liberty in just one election – you were wrong.
If you placed your hope and faith in a political party or politician to change your future – you were wrong.
We have everything we’ll ever need to fix the Republic right in front of us. All you need to do is look in the mirror, and ask yourself – who owns me?
If the answer is – you own yourself, then take ownership of your actions with your family, then community, then county, then state. You don’t need permission to do this, and you don’t need someone in DC to do it for you.
By starting with each individual, we can fix the country from the bottom up. It is about fixing the foundation – not some monarch-like figure head with a proclivity for abusing power. Firing Obama would have been nice, but it would never have solved what truly ails the Republic.
Our problems are much more fundamental than one man, so we should not dwell on any one man.
As I stated in my last post called, “Obama Won, What Now?”
“The fundamentals of what we must do to save the Republic were not going to change regardless of this election. We still have a path and it does not revolve around candidates or political parties. That paradigm must end. The path to substantive change requires these 3 steps I will discuss in great detail at a later time:
Step 1: Make Local Electoral Impact a Reality – win local, expand once successful
Step 2: Boost Impact with Policy Based Success – issues based coalition building
Step 3: Restore Federalism – with the combination of electoral impact and policy success from previous steps – start cutting the strings from DC that control our state
Duplicate in key states across the United States. Restore the Republic from the bottom up.
This path remains unchanged, and it can be done.”
America is definitely not dead because I know the vast majority of individuals who live in America still want economic freedom to provide for themselves and their families and personal freedom to choose the life that they want to live.
We need to work on better articulating a view of the world rooted in individual rights and protecting everyone’s ability to pursue their own respective American dream. People still want these things, and we should be willing to fight for them.
Mankind’s natural desire for liberty has not been extinguished, and so America most certainly has not died.