If you believe in the axiom that we’ve been dying since the day we were born, then it follows that America itself is also dying; in other words, anything once created can be altered for good or bad, to live or die. Our founding father, Benjamin Franklin, knew this to be true when he said we have “a republic if [we] can keep it” even as he stood on the steps of Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
One need look no further than this embarrassing spectacle of a presidential election to see evidence that America as we know and love it is indeed dying. Gone are the days when the reliable grownups were in charge. Indeed, we have been given the impossible task of choosing between two of the most morally corrupt and despicable human beings in the country. No longer are our presidential candidates chosen through mature decisions based on integrity and well thought out plans for the future. No, today voters are driven by immature feelings and cult of personality statuses. America is dying a slow death poisoned by its lack of mature leadership and liberalism.
Does that mean America is over? Not at all. Just as a dying patient is still the same person, America is changing form just as she has done several times since her founding. To put it simply, the America of 1776 and the America of the 1950s are vastly different and yet, they’re both America. Likewise, the America of Ronald Reagan of the 1980s is different than the America of 2016 after eight long years of Barack Obama at the helm (or on the tee as the case may be); nonetheless, they’re all America in one form or another. A dying patient can be still be saved even though the cure may not be pleasant.
The hard truth is, all civilizations change and most eventually die; as much as it pains me to say this, why would America be the exception? After all, humans are flawed beings and just like the Romans and Greeks before us, we Americans are merely human. While it is my deepest desire to have America survive under the founding principles most of us still hold dear, I fear it may already be too late for that. If this election has taught us conservatives anything, it is that the hour is late and the will of The People is in doubt.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up on America–not at all. There will always be those of us constitutional conservatives keeping the flame of liberty alive no matter how low it burns. What I am giving up on is the idea that we must vote for the “lesser of two evils” or “the candidate with the ‘R’ after his name.” At this time in actuality, some of us need to keep liberty alive by refusing to participate in the further poisoning of America. For conservatives like myself who live in the bluest of blue states and given the miserable choice–that is really no choice at all–between the corrupt liberal Democrat Hillary Clinton or the corrupt liberal Faux Republican Donald Trump, it is my contention that the best route to preserving liberty is to choose neither.
How we conservatives respond not just at the ballot box, but in our personal lives matters greatly to the course of America’s death or future survival. We must be unafraid to stand on principle. We must expect the onslaught of the Trumpeters crying out for us to climb onboard The Train to Nowhere. We must boldly speak out and educate the fence-sitters. We must vote as many down-ticket conservatives into office–yes, even in the blue states. Most important of all, we conservatives must survive untainted to pick up the pieces and nurture America back to health once again.
When a patient is poisoned and dying, does the doctor give him more poison? In this case, the poison is liberalism and giving America more liberalism either in the form of Clinton or Trump will only make matters worse. Liberty is the cure. America will survive, but only if liberty survives untainted and undiluted after the worst has passed. Then and only then, will we conservatives be able to administer the antidote of liberty and hopefully save the patient on the table.