3 Suggestions to Help You Stand Firm in Shaky Political Seasons
D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
Lies. Condemnation. False accusations.
Conservatives have faced so many of these things over the past two weeks, since that horrible fiasco at the U.S. Capitol on the 6th of January. It’s hard to keep up, isn’t it? There’s a crazy blame game going on, and, as is so often the case, conservatives are found guilty (without a trial, I might add) and the Left comes off looking holier than thou. (How do they manage to pull this off every single time? Oh, right. They have the media and Big Tech on their side. . .)
We know these are lies, of course, but what’s a weary Patriot to do? The Democrats, MSM (Mainstream Media), Big Tech and even some of our representatives have painted us as evil perpetrators of a senseless crime. How in the world do we stand against such vile accusations? What can we possibly say or do to prove we’re not the villains they’ve made us out to be?
To many, it feels like the battle has been lost. But here’s what I’d say to those who are discouraged. . .
Don’t Give up the Ship!
This isn’t the first time we’ve been falsely accused. There was that time, in 4th grade, where Greg Peterson accused you of cheating on a test when he was really the one taking answers off of your paper (which you tried to cover and hide from him). And there was that other time, when the neighbor accused your dog of digging the hole under the fence but it was really his own dog. You handled the situation the best you could. You were vindicated when you managed to videotape his dog in action. Oh, and don’t forget that time your co-worker accused you of stealing money from his desk. There wasn’t an ounce of truth to that accusation and you stood your ground and were proven right in the end when the real thief was caught red-handed.
We know this much to be true: the world is full of liars and people unwilling to search out truth for themselves. Many go on believing what they want to believe. They point fingers of blame with little or no evidence. You can’t convince those who refuse to see. And, knowing that makes us feel like giving up sometimes. I get it.
So, what’s a conservative to do when his freedoms are threatened by liars? Here are three suggestions that just might help:
- Don’t enter the fight. They are counting on the fact that you will engage, so don’t. They’re picking, poking, goading, and accusing. . .hoping you’ll take the bait. Don’t do it. It’s a trap. You’ll end up on their fishing line with a hook in your lip. Taking the bait ends in defeat every time. I know you’re dying to respond, but do yourself a favor and walk away from the baited conversations. Wait for the ones that provide an open door to speak the truth, (the whole truth, and nothing but the truth). There will be opportunities to say the right thing at the right time. When those moments come, you’ll get your chance.
- When you have the appropriate opportunity, speak the truth. Research to make sure you’re presenting the whole truth and nothing but. (Hey, there’s a lot of false information out there, so make sure you’re not spreading it.) Their narrative is false but yours doesn’t have to be. The truth is always the truth. It’s the right narrative, no twists or turns, and no manipulation. If I’ve learned anything at all in this life, it’s that truth is eventually uncovered by the light. The Greg Petersons always get caught in their own trap. Maybe not the first time or the second. But eventually their lying, cheating ways catch up with them. They break a spouse’s heart and she marches out of the door. They steal from their employer and end up jobless. They turn out to be broken, miserable people. But you? You’re a teller of truth, so you can hold your head high, no matter what happens around you. Even during seemingly impossible seasons (like the one we’re in now, for instance), you can remain strong because truth is on your side.
- Go on loving people, even the tough cases. It seems impossible, especially in light of this current political climate. But love people unconditionally, even those you radically disagree with. The division and separation isn’t helping anyone. As much as you are able, live at peace with all men. And women. And children. And Democrats. (I stop short at saying you have to love the Deep State. My mind and heart won’t go there.) It might sound a little cliché to say that love conquers all, but, in the end, it actually does. I always say it’s better to go down loving than to allow hate to take control of your heart. In the end, hate doesn’t just destroy the other person, it destroys you, too. Does this mean you stop standing for truth? Of course not! It just means that you somehow find a way to care about those who are misguided and lost. There may come a day when that liberal friend needs you. When he realizes the people he’s put his trust in actually want to steal his freedoms, who will he come looking for? You. He’ll need someone strong enough (and kind enough) to share his story with.
You’re a solid conservative. You love America. You love your neighbors and even those who don’t love you back. And you will go on standing for freedom, no matter what troubles come your way. With truth on your side, these seasons of shaking are manageable. They aren’t fun. . .but they’re manageable.
From my father’s point of view, without a thought for self, a true patriot stands up against the stones of condemnation and speaks for those who are given no real voice in the halls of justice or the halls of government.