It has been an undeniably tough year; so much damage has been inflicted on our country it is breath-taking. And yet, 2010 was also a year in which the people stood up and shouted, "Enough!" Note to the bankrupt and sold Newsweek...it turns out we are NOT all socialists now after all. How abut that?
As I said in my podcast this week, I am hopeful, but not optimistic...if that makes any sense. Those who would see America as we know it — as the Founders envisioned it — destroyed still hold great power and are without a shred of honor or honesty. We have a long fight ahead of us, and without a doubt our country will take more damage in the fight. We have implacable enemies, who seek not our land, our goods, our fortunes, but simply our deaths.
The quest of American exceptionalism, of freedom, is indeed balanced on the knife's edge.
And yet we will stand, because we must.
So, as usual, I leave this year with the words of LOTR, the great morality tale of our generation...may they strengthen our hearts for the battles ahead...
Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.
Happy New Year from the Michael Bane Blog...let us never forget there is good in the world, and it's worth fighting for...