“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill
I think I understand how Sir Winston felt. I understand how tired it makes people to constantly talk about politics. I’m tired – as many have pointed out, I am what people define as “prolific” due to the number of posts I write. My theory has always been that if I can’t overcome the opposition with quality writing, I’ll just bury them with sheer volume.
I know that I’m not alone in being fatigued from being constantly on either offense or defense against people who have looked at my life and decided that I don’t deserve anything I have achieved nor do I have a right to pass that on to my children so that they can benefit from it. As a free individual, everything I believe is constantly under assault. There are:
• Anti-gun groups encouraging children to become Hitler Youth to steal their parent’s guns and turn them in
• Atheists, progressives and radical Islamists playing footsie with each other in order to destroy my religion
• Government agencies that tracks and often tax every communication, transaction or activity
• A president who actively disregards and skirts the laws of the land
• A judicial system that doesn’t believe that a single citizen has “standing” to sue the government over its faulty actions
As it turns out, I am the one-size-fits-all enemy of the progressives. I am vilified because I am a gun owning Christian classical liberal straight white male who is a senior executive in the oil and gas sector – which automatically tags me as a militaristic extremist gun nut who is theocratic, bigoted, Islamophobic, insensitive to the poor and elderly, heteronormative, patriarchal, racist filled with white privilege, a greedy capitalist insensitive and uncaring about the environment – I’m the textbook enemy of every progressive grievance and pressure group.
I’m the poster boy for all that they think is wrong in the world. To them, I’m just a contemporary Frankenstein’s monster that they good Doctor stitched together from things progressives don’t like.
So it doesn’t really come as a surprise that I feel constantly under siege – I often feel surrounded by warring Huns. It is at times like those when I think about the words Bill Shakespeare put in the mouth of another dude who was being assaulted from all directions – my favorite royal Dane, Hamlet:
“To be, or not to be, that is the question—
Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them? “
I have chosen the latter – to “take Arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.”
I do so for my kids (and their future kids).
When I look at my adult children gathered around our Christmas tree, I realize that their mother and I haven’t done too shabby a job…and perhaps unintentionally have infused a little of Ayn Rand’s objectivism in their lives.
I have three children – my daughter is as much a classical liberal as I am, my oldest son leans toward the liberal without the “classical” part and my youngest is mostly apolitical but they share one very important trait – they are all working to be individually successful first before they ask others to be husband or wife. We have always stressed that if you can’t look after yourself, you have a responsibility not to bring another person into an unstable situation.
We believe that is the only way for both the individual and society at large to be successful – a stable and productive Individual first, partner next, family third and then, and only then, can concern for non-family members be addressed.
Selfish and Randian objectivist? I don’t think so.
In my various positions in business I have observed the interactions of teams. I have also similarly observed parallels in society. Successful teams and successful societal units are always made up of a significant majority of successful individuals working to achieve the best individual result (and that best result is the success of the team). I have noticed that these units can tolerate a dead weight load of around ten percent and still produce excellent results – but in general, the greater the percentage of dead weight, the less successful they are. I have never seen at team made up of all underperforming people do anything other than self-destruct…and when a team fails, everybody loses.
When I think about what the progressives want to do to America, I think of those observations.
It isn’t that progressives don’t see the same thing I do with the teams – they actually count on the performance of the majority to pull the rest along but where they miss the boat is that to try to do this without regard or recognition for the true producers both produced sub-optimal results as it removes the incentives for the producers to continue producing.
That is not only a recipe for failure, it is a blueprint for catastrophe on a global scale.
History has proven that the best, fairest and most productive system for everyone is when the individual is free to pursue whatever ends best suits their best interests.
That is what progressive America is trying to stop – and in doing so, they are putting the future of my kids at risk. I won’t stand for that. That is why I will continue to fight in France, on the beaches, in the streets.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may God bless you all.
2015 is the time to pick up the flag and join the fight.