Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
Not everyone wants to talk about politics these days. Since January 6th, the political temperature of the nation has been pretty high, after all. It took me a few days to get to the point where I could think calmly and clearly about where things stood for those of us who call ourselves Patriots. But now, as new information breaks on a daily—sometimes hourly—basis, I’m feeling a little more comfortable getting back into the groove of talking about conservative politics. And (obviously) there’s a lot more to talk about right now, so it’s important we don’t give up.
Which leads me to a story: One of my best friends called today. We hadn’t spoken in a few days and I knew she would want to “talk shop” (politics). We happen to be political allies, meaning we agree on pretty much everything. (If you can find a friend like that, keep her! She’s worth her weight in gold!)
Sure enough, she wanted to ask my opinion on quite a few things—where things stand with the election fraud stories, what’s up with those newly declassified documents, and where do we, as conservatives, stand, once January 20th is behind us. She was worried the potential for chaos on inauguration day and I had to admit I’ve been concerned, too.
In the middle of our chat, I happened to mention that many of my other friends would rather do anything than talk politics right now. This gal—let’s call her Nancy—said, “Well, I love a good tea party, too. I would love to hang out and have lunch with a friend or read a fluffy magazine. Maybe we’ll get back to that.”
Maybe we will. Or, maybe we won’t. Maybe—over the next four years—there will be so many stories swirling around us, politically-speaking, that we won’t have time for tea parties. Or magazines. Or fluffy chatter.
But we’ve also got to be aware of the ones who aren’t ready to talk. There are good conservatives out there who are so traumatized (and, frankly, so frightened they’ll lose their social media accounts) that they have decided to simply keep quiet and pretend all is well with the world.
I can tell you, having opened some of those declassified documents I discovered online today, that all is not well with the world. But if ignoring politics is the easy route for them I won’t push the issue. I remember what I was thinking and feeling even a week ago. No one needs to be pushed into talking before they’re ready.
That said, I do hope conservatives will rally. . .eventually. We have to move forward, and that’s going to require clear-headed thinking and a willingness to face the inevitable.
Which reminds me: Another friend called the other day. She’s political, too, but she’s also a pastor’s wife. She said something that stuck with me. “My husband and I are getting older now,” she said. “We have nothing to lose, so we plan to just keep speaking the truth, no matter how dangerous that might be. We need to pray for these young pastors, that they will have courage to stand up for the truth.”
She’s right. It’s getting harder and harder for people to speak up. Us old folks really don’t have much to lose. But we’ve got to make sure the younger ones are ready, willing, and able.
That’s one reason I’m so proud of my grown children. They’re very aware of what’s going on in the world and have shared on multiple occasions that they plan to pass the conservative mantle on to their children, as well. For that, I am extremely grateful. One of my girls called the other day and we talked for an hour and a half about what’s going on in the world. We made a pact not to give in to fear or intimidation, but to stand strong. . .for the sake of the children.
And for our own sakes, too. We are Americans, after all. We have inalienable rights, (whether Big Tech agrees or not). And this is a critical juncture in American history, where we all need to stick together. If we ever needed each other, it’s now. Giving up is not an option.
So, I’m here for you, Patriots. I’m not changing my tune or quitting my passionate discourse. In fact, I’m more committed now than ever.
I hope you are, too.