After about a week of looking for the best way to express what I feel, I realized I’d already done it.
About 4 years ago, I wrote what may be, up until this point, the only political post on this blog. The blog is about our homestead life after all, and, as much as we may be interested in current events, elections are not our life.
However, I believed so much in what I said in that essay that I included an improved version of it in my book, Sacred Coffee: A “Homesteader’s” Paradigm. Upon reflection, I realized that what I said then holds true today.
So, please pull out your trusty, well-worn copy of Sacred Coffee (you do own one, don’t you?). Turn to the page you’ve no doubt marked and highlighted for future reference, among many others.
We’re looking for the essay on page 37, “The Big Question” Requires a Follow-Up Question. If you don’t have your copy handy, you can find the original version of the essay online: Am I Better Off Now Than 4 Years Ago?
Despite some differences between the two, both versions include the same key sentence:
“The president isn’t responsible for whether we succeed or fail, we are!”
To be far more blunt, which, as the recent election indicates, is absolutely essential:
Those who rely on the president (or any other government official or entity) to make them prosper will quite likely never achieve anything worthwhile in life.
That about says it all.
If you don’t like your situation, do something to change it! That process is really what made America great in the first place, and would make it great again if only we had the courage. Electing an unqualified person to the world’s most important office won’t do it.
So, that’s about all I’m going to say on the subject here. I’ll likely need to touch briefly on it again in the future, mostly to cover housekeeping matters, as it were, and to explain the way forward.
We’re not done with the blog yet, apparently (see Suspended.).
But I have to wonder when the pleasure of writing it will return?
(If you haven’t done so, I urge you to read the comments after Suspended. You’ll see some wonderful messages from our readers, that we found very inspiring. You’ll also see one or two that speak to the futility we feel.)