Winning is a constant state

Tomorrow, Election Day, will realize one of two outcomes. Either Gary Johnson will lose, or Gary Johnson will not win.

(All respect to those voting their principles–we need much more of that–but in this election the stakes are too high; there’s not enough water for another tributary. Thus, I direct you here.)

Optimism is important, and so is realism. A Romney victory is very possible, if not imminent. Should Barack Obama win a second term, however, conservatives must be prepared. The energy we have brought to the fight thus far must be doubled, our minds sharpened again, and every tool available be made ready for the task of holding this president fully accountable for each of his actions and failures thus far

Up to this point, there has been the hope of removing Barack Obama via the means our founders provided: democratically elected, representative government. The vote. It is the pin in our governmental machine, the tiny piece of leverage all citizens have in order to manipulate and control government, like a repairman providing maintenance at regular intervals. The machine, sadly, is rusted and decrepit. It’s too large, with unwieldy extra apparatuses and jerry-rigged components. These deprive the efficient parts of oil and fuel. But the machine can be fixed.

If Obama wins, the hope of removing him electorally is obviously gone. This will dismay some, and embolden others. There may be calls for impeachment in some circles, given several demonstrable instances in which Obama has refused to uphold the law of the land.

If he wins, it will also mean something dire: That enough Americans have subscribed to the idea that Government (capital G) can provide for them what they cannot or will not. It will mean that many fathers have forfeited their pride in providing for their families, and instead handed that responsibility and honor over to Capitol Hill. It will mean that the divisive rhetoric of the Obama campaign has worked, and we see ourselves not as the unified Americans Obama himself lauded in his famous 2004 Democratic Convention speech, but a patchwork of minorities and oppressed classes at odds, one with another. It will be a sad day for the nation, and may signal a true departure from the glorious foundation on which we have stood thus far: the hard dirt of a Nevada plain or an Oregon Trail, no safety net but the one we use to catch our dinner of silver salmon; the real, unforgiving yet alluring soil of American individualism.

Should Mitt Romney win, conservatives’ task is just as great. We will set to work dismantling the machine, likely with an easier time of it. But there will still be gears that will not move, and will need to be persuaded. Some worry that Romney may “Etch-A-Sketch” again after he’s elected and turn into a big spender. From his words, he seems to know that he looks down from the same fiscal cliff where we all stand, but if needed we will remind him that he is there with us. Winning must be a constant state, not an instant in time. And to win the years after this election, we must reeducate our young people about American individualism, and disabuse them of notions of easy fame, or of something for nothing. We must raise a generation ready to forgo, if needed, the pleasures and comforts of the present for the assurances of the future; and one that is ready to manage the prosperity and success that is the true American heritage. That generation is already here, if we choose to nurture it.

No matter what happens tomorrow, the movement continues. This is the time our Founding Fathers foresaw. They left us an emergency kit–free speech; a classless society of free and equal men; wise separation and competition of powers–and now we must use it. Millions have already awakened to the threat America now faces, fiscally and culturally. They will vote for Mitt Romney, but they will believe in themselves, in conservatism, and in America.

In loss or triumph, we will fight on.

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