Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
The other night I decided to get caught up on the CPAC (American Conservative Union) 2021 conference. I knew that President Trump was speaking and wanted to catch that, so I started with his speech, (which our own Brock Benson covered in a separate article). I plan to listen to several other speeches, as well, since our team will be covering them here on Civil Patriot over the next couple of days.
But, I wanted to start with something that happened to me when I tuned in to hear President Trump. It wasn’t something I planned, it’s just something that sort of. . .happened.
When he entered the stage, Lee Greenwood’s song, “God Bless the USA” was playing in the background. Instead of going straight to the podium, President Trump let the song play out as he greeted the audience with waves and smiles. As I listened and watched, a huge lump came into my throat. I felt overcome with emotion.
That hasn’t happened once since Biden took office. Not once.
But for those 2-3 minutes, as that song played, and as our President greeted us with such hopeful enthusiasm, I felt hope again. I felt pride again. I was happy to be an American. With a solid conservative on the stage, every horrible thing I’d been thinking and feeling over the past six weeks faded away, just like that.
I want to feel like that all the time. I want to get back to living in hope and anticipation of good things to come, not dread over what the liberals might do next. I want to smile when someone I admire takes the stage. I want to hear Lee Greenwood’s amazing song and still feel the kind of pride I once felt when America seemed to be blossoming, not withering away.
I realize these are just feelings. They’re not solid. But take a look at these lyrics and think through what they really mean—for you. . .for me.
And I’m proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA
(Lee Greenwood/God Bless the USA)
So, how do I “stand up next to you and defend her still today?” That was the question rolling through my mind as I watched President Trump on that stage. What’s my role?
The only way I’ll be able to experience hope during this weird season is by doing what I can to make things better, which is what Trump went on to tell us he plans to do. He made it plain that he’s here to help conservatives in 2022. And, while he hinted at a run in 2024, he didn’t make a big announcement. But the teaser was out there, to be sure.
As for the “Which party?” question that’s been floated around, Trump was clear that he doesn’t see any value in further dividing conservatives. He’ll be sticking with the Republican party, hopefully weeding out any RINOs and helping us get back to true conservativism. And, while I’m horribly disappointed he’s not sitting in the Oval Office right now, I did get the sense that his best days are ahead and that he plans to keep working for us, the people.
Like President Trump, I have to link arms with those who are working to put conservatives into office in 2022 and 2024. I have to make strides toward the future, so that I can listen to those next lyrics “‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA” with the same fervor in my heart.
Not that I would ever stop loving America, you understand, but so that the same sense of pride I felt as a child—and during the Trump years—would remain firmly affixed in my heart as we look forward.
I’ll be back in the upcoming days to talk about specific things we conservatives can do as we position ourselves toward 2022. I hope you’ll link arms with me, too. Only if we work together can we take this country back. And that’s exactly what I hope and plan to do.