Newsflash: I’m a busy person. Really.
Here are some of the hats I wear on a daily basis. I’m a wife. Mother. Homeschooling teacher. Farmer. Business owner. Writer. I’m active in our church, my writer’s group and our community. My typical day starts at 4 a.m. and doesn’t stop until 10 p.m. Needless to say, my life is full. So full that I don’t have a lot of time for outside stuff.
In just the past week, I’ve had brought to my attention the following matters that need action: The Fairness Doctrine. HR 4040. A proposal to implement unneeded regulation on Idaho homeschoolers. Additional national concerns about homeschooling regulations. The nomination of David Ogden to the position of deputy attorney general. The stimulus package. The Freedom of Choice Act.
The list of government issues, apparently, is endless. And now that I’m a columnist with WND, people send me more and more and more things to address in my articles. Each and every one of these issues is hugely important and can have a major impact on our lives.
And I’m overwhelmed.
Most of us are. I am not atypical for your average American citizen. We all have busy, busy lives. We have jobs (if we’re lucky), commutes, kids, school activities, money concerns, bills to pay, housework to do, meals to cook, etc. The list of personal issues, too, is endless. And many people are already overwhelmed by professional and domestic concerns. We don’t have time to do much else.
It’s natural that national issues often take a back seat. You might feel as vehemently opposed to David Ogden’s nomination as I do, but when the cows get through the fence into the neighbor’s pasture or your kid needs to get to soccer practice now or your commute is snarled by an overturned semi … then your attention must shift to the immediate needs of your life.
And this, I’m convinced, is what our government counts on. When we are overwhelmed with our own obligations, we don’t have time or energy left over to lead a campaign against … I dunno, pick something. The bank bailout. Therefore, the bank bailout gets passed with a minimum of protest because, let’s face it, most of us are so busy coping with everyday issues that we didn’t pay attention. We’ve got lives to live. We have kids to raise, households to run, jobs to do. We don’t have time for all this governmental crap.
Perhaps that’s a new federal tactic. Complicate peoples’ lives to the nth degree. Wait until attention is diverted toward the countless details that plague us all. Then sneak in hideous legislation that takes away more of our freedoms – and wham! We were too busy and overwhelmed to have an effective say in anything.
People have become numb. A billion here, a trillion there – what do these numbers mean anymore? Can anyone truly grasp or comprehend the scale of spending the government is proposing and implementing?
Of course not. And even if we did, the government doesn’t care. All it wants to do is spend our descendants into oblivion and shackle us in chains.
We’ve become numb to having our rights chiseled away slowly and steadily and (key word here) relentlessly. It’s like watching the effects of water running across rocks. The softer rocks are worn down and worn down and worn down as seemingly adamant layers are eaten away.
We’re the rocks. The government is the water. It’s a brilliant tactic, and it works.
Lately I feel as if I’m in a war. I’m buffeted and besieged on all sides and at all levels by issues I know will change my life if I don’t do anything about them. And here’s the thing: I CAN’T do anything about them. Oh sure, I can sign petitions and write columns and send e-mails – but really, how effective are these techniques? Do my puny actions really change the mind of the government drones?
And underlying this frantic activism is a sense of despair, the old feeling of banging one’s head against a brick wall. No matter how much we fight, the government doesn’t care. It will pass that legislation, it will limit our freedoms, it will erode the Constitution. How long will this go on? What’s the ultimate result?
I don’t want to be in a war. I’m a peaceful person. I like my quiet life. All I want is to be left alone. But ironically, to maintain and keep my quiet and peaceful life, I must fight a war. Go figure.
I’m sure any foot soldier going into battle wonders just how useful his individual contribution is. I mean, honestly – he’s just one guy, one little drop in the bucket of the war. What can he do to win the battle? All he can do is fight to the best of his ability. He might get injured. He might get killed. He might live, but have mental scars from watching fellow soldiers get injured or killed. But – and here’s the thing – if he survives, he can go home afterward and know that he did his very best, no matter what the outcome of the battle. There’s a certain peace of mind that comes with that realization.
Consider this: Water wears away all the softer rock first. What’s left is bedrock: solid, immobile, strong. But even bedrock can be worn away. What you have to do is shut off the water.
We are the bedrock, the foot soldiers in a war for the future our country. We are solid, immobile and strong. We are the stubborn ones who do not want our country damaged beyond repair. No matter how much we’re injured, scarred or killed – no matter how futile our puny, individual actions may seem – our efforts will not be in vain.
Because even if we fail, even if we lose the battle, we can rest easy knowing we’ve done our very best.
We are the bedrock. Our job is to shut off the water.