We have really good advice for just about everyone. It’s at the end of this article. The advice is particularly good for those hurting from the election results on Tuesday.
Ann Coulter has a Don’t Blame Romney article today that discusses how difficult it is to oust an incumbent and praises Mitt. Jonathan Last blames Romney and calls him the worst candidate since World War II.
Here at Big Pink we had our furious meltdown back in August when we excoriated Romney on the (1) timing, (2) selection, and a (3) “choice” versus “referendum” on Obama strategy decisions he made and we pinpointed the moment Romney lost. We hoped and hoped that we were wrong.
Subsequently we attempted to provide advice on how Romney could still eke it out. Some of that advice was taken and most importantly Romney became a much better candidate filled with the urgency that we bemoaned earlier was missing. We became optimistic after these dramatic changes and thought they would be enough for Romney to win. That did not happen.
On the day before the election we outlined the stakes and what would happen the day after:
It’s not as if any side is going to surrender on Wednesday. The political fights will continue. But the results from Tuesday will matter for the future, the present, and the past.
But now we see a great deal of despondency and anger. Worst of all there is a wave of resignation and emotional feelings of betrayal. We understand those feelings and the anger – we went through that emotional breakdown in August.
We also understand the hatred against Bill Clinton, Chris Christie (who praised Obama at a critical point thereby leading to the dubious possibility raised by Haley Barbour: The hurricane saved Obama’s presidency). We understand the anger and hatred some feel against our fellow Americans that condemned America to four more years of horror and the unbearable burden of listening to Obama drone on for longer than our levees of tolerance can tolerate.
We understand all that. We understand the perilous position America and the world are now in. But making decisions, and burdening the mind with not yet transpired horrors, in the wake of a loss is not wise.
As in any crisis, any disastrous storm, any loss of a parent or a child, it is important not to make rash decisions or give in to anger and despair (or form circular firing squads). It is important to get rest, to eat well. It’s time to take out that vacuum cleaner and clean the house. Get wood for the fireplace. Wash the windows. Take productive actions no matter how small that restore your strength until we are all ready to wisely analyze what happened and what to do about it.
Think of all those still living in the dark after the storm tormented again by another storm. Keep them in your thoughts. Think of those like you unhappy with the election results that require succor.
There is a reason why, as Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, suicide is forbidden by the Almighty:
O, that this too too solid flesh would melt
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on’t! ah fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!
The reason why this “canon ‘gainst self-slaughter” has been inscribed by the Everlasting is that it is the sin of despair. We won’t get sidetracked here on the modern issues of assisted suicide and corollary issues. We simply want to speak out against any despair that might grip anyone.
Obama and his henchmen want you to despair. They want to start a panic to benefit themselves and the leader of the cult.
Bizarro 2004. Those of us who were horrified in 2004 when George W. Bush won remember well and know that 2004’s election has eery similarities to what happened Tuesday. That 2004 election resulted in a second term that did not end well for Bush or Republicans. After Bush came Obama, then Republican victories in 2010, and now even more Obama.
Already, Marco Rubio is on his way to Iowa this January. This is an important development in light of the downturn in white and black voters this past election even as Latinos remained high level voters. But that analysis will also wait until another day.
Politics as Scripture describes is “the eternal sea” always churning, always moving. Like those still huddled in the dark, having lost all to the storms, many of us know that much of the America we knew we now have to say goodbye to. But perhaps, just perhaps, we can rebuild.
Our advice to all, comes not from Shakespeare or Scripture, but from the Greece that once was. In The Libation Bearers the first and greatest tragedian, Aeschylus, lit the candle that will guide us in days to come:
“Who acts, shall endure. So speaks/the voice of age-old wisdom.”