Winning, When the War Seems Lost
American conservatives are fighters. But, how do you keep fighting the left, when it seem as if the war is already lost?
Recently, I watched Curtis Bowers’ DVD, Agenda 2, Masters of Deceit. Bowers describes the complete infiltration of our families, churches and government by the determined elites behind the decades old progressive movement.
The video graphically punctuates issues I know you already understand.
That Common Core is a propaganda tool that subjugates our children to the state. That the Affordable Care Act is intentionally collapsing as it turns into a federally controlled single payer system, and that through illegal immigration and expanded welfare, the left has rendered half of Americans likely Democratic voters.
Bowers makes it clear, this is not going to happen, it is already done.
How do we fight back and win, in the midst of so much wreckage?
People have won against insurmountable odds…and we can too. Much of the ability to win has to do with our mindset.
Let me introduce you to the Stockdale Paradox.
Admiral James Stockdale was the highest-ranking officer imprisoned in Vietnam. Captured in 1965, he remained a prisoner for over seven years, four of them in solitary confinement.
Stockdale lived through torture, beatings and humiliation that left many dead within the first few months of captivity. Yet against insurmountable odds, he not only survived, he won and became a hero for his defiance of his Communist captors.
Jim Collins, author of the 2005 bestseller, “Good to Great”, interviewed Stockdale to find his secret.
His answers apply to our own on-going battles.
“I never lost faith in the end of the story.” Stockdale said. “I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”
When asked who didn’t make it out, he shocked the author.
“The optimists,” he said. “They were the ones who said ‘we’re going to be out by Christmas’. And, Christmas would come and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. Then they died of a broken heart.”
Stockdale’s lesson is one we can use. We cannot afford to set up false expectations. The next presidential election will not save America. Together, we will. No matter what your situation, you must muster the strength and self-assurance to see and accept reality as it truly is. Sugarcoating our circumstances will only cause us to lose the long-term war.
America is already over the cliff.
We live in a nation where a leftist president defies the law with impunity, where those who speak against the government are labeled domestic terrorists, and where we proclaim our first amendment rights while being religiously persecuted.
But, we must never see this as the end. We also need to hold onto the faith that ultimately, we will prevail.
Admiral Stockdale says it best.
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
That combination of brutal honesty and unflinching faith sets the stage for triumph.
Personally, I have no doubt that we will win this war against our freedom. It may not be in the next four years, or even forty years, but we will win. It only took a handful of people with a desire for freedom to start America. The desire and the people…are still here.
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