Just four years ago Kentucky was the first state called for McCain/Palin, and on this election night we were the first state called for Romney/Ryan. Most Kentuckians, more than 60 percent of us, could not believe the election results that were coming to our TVs. Were we that out of sync with the majority of Americans? President Obama’s re-election certainly was not a mandate, but the majority of our nation has spoken. To add to our confusion, the peoples’ House got stronger. The result? We are left once again with divided government.
My husband and I both looked at each other Wednesday morning and simultaneously we said: “The Lord is still in control.” This has caused me to wonder if this might be our Babylonian Captivity. No, we are not being carried away to another land, but it is vital that we remain strong, and become the “faithful remnant”— those who remain committed to the Constitution and remember the importance of free enterprise, the American dream, the value of limited government and that religion has as a definite role in society.
We must hold on to our standards. Let’s buckle down and make sure our children and grandchildren are taught about our founding fathers and the principles found in our Constitution. The “dummying–down” of America must cease. Our founders warned against a “welfare state” where the government strives to take care of everyone from cradle to grave. Even Thomas Jefferson advised that it was immoral for one generation to pass on its debts to the next generation. “… We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves …”
Alexis de Tocqueville, the author of “Democracy in America” (1835), left us with unsettling counsel. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (bounty) 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.”
No matter your political party, we here in Kentucky have traditional and conservative values. We must remain steadfast to our beliefs. No, I am not asking you to return to the 1950s and become like Ward and June Cleaver, but it is important that we adhere to our standards. It is imperative that you and your children are the ones that remember who we were. Our culture is very provocative, and often we do not recognize the influence it has on many of us. We, and especially our children, are faced with daily indoctrination. Let there be no hesitation; now is the time to cement your resolve.
I often recall state senator-elect Whitney Westerfield’s words whenever he spoke to anyone about the election. He would say, “Pray for me, and pray for Joey.” Likewise, we must pray for our president. Let’s hope and pray that he will exhibit leadership and show us that he is not the ideologue that many of us judge he has come to be. Hopefully he will demonstrate he is willing to reach across the aisle to work with conservatives. We are like a family — now is the time to reach beyond ourselves. We conservatives ought to give the president a pardon.
What happens going forward? Our leaders must develop a recipe for bipartisan cooperation, or there will be more gridlock pitting classes and races against each other. Our future is more important than one election.
At some point, we conservatives will be called upon to save our nation. Only those of us who truly love and understand the Constitution and the principles of capitalism will be able to rise to that task. Teachers and parents must inspire our children so that they can tell the tale of what it means to be an American. Today we live with the dictates of a small majority, but America will survive because we are the “faithful remnant.”
WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is past president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs on the first and third Friday of each month. Reach her at willeecooper@ .com.