UkeThoughts: Unanswered Prayers

I went to bed last night in a sort of incredulous stupor. I didn’t sleep particularly well, and woke a few times during the night; I am normally a very sound sleeper. I went about my day at work in a… mostly typical manner; however, I have no doubt that anyone knowing me and paying attention to me closely would say that I didn’t carry the same snap and cheeriness that I usually embody.

I wonder why that might be.

I gave a call to my father when I had some time. We talked about what happened last night, and about the events that led up to all of it. We grumbled about all the same things that we here at the Revo have grumbled about over the last 24 hours. We’re largely pissed, and disappointed–almost none of the disappointment is with Romney, his campaign or the GOP. We were and are disappointed in the American public. We pretty much agreed that we have gone beyond the point of critical mass in regards to ignorance.

But then my father said something that really made me pause:

“Without the Great Depression, would we have had the strength to win the Second World War?”

He paused to let that sink in, and completed his thought with a phrase that absolutely defines me, and floats around my family frequently:

“Everything happens for a reason.”

***

The point he was making is that the Great Depression prepared the American people for the challenge of fascism, and the challenge of a multi-front global war. Perhaps arguably even the challenge of defeating the Soviets in the years thereafter. Would that success have been possible without the American people having been forged in the fires of adversity? Perhaps… but I’d wager not.

Let’s be honest, even if we had attained the presidency, it would not have been by a great margin. We would still have been faced with ~45% of this country having voted for Obama and the dependency state that he represents. Win or lose, about half of this country is utterly useless either way, content to sit (or encourage people to sit) on their asses and wait for the next mouthful of Soylent Green. Win or lose, we would not have utterly repudiated and defeated this cancer for very long at all. 4 or 8 years down the road, we’d have the same ~50% of the country clamoring for their goddamned bread and circuses again.

Soft.

We’re often told that humans are the most adaptable creature in existence. If that is so, and we can rise to any task we are confronted with, then we are equally capable of lowering ourselves if the bar is lowered to the ground. Humans are by their very nature only about as tough as their environment requires, and as the current situation requires.

And folks? God forbid we (Americans or humanity in general) come upon another gut check in the next few years, as we stand now. Because we will fail. Spectacularly so, at that.

Perhaps someone of greater consequence and foresight than mere men understands this, as well… and is trying to do something about it.

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6 Responses to UkeThoughts: Unanswered Prayers

  1. MadBrad says:

    Very profound Uke.

    In my personal situation I’ve been pondering things along the same line of reasoning. Since I lost my job at the end of March, with no unemployment compensation I’ve been going through some extreme trials and tribulations. I’ve cried out to Almighty God like I haven’t done in many years. God has heard my every prayer and I’ve been getting answers. The grand scheme of all this is never laid out, just little answers to specific, heartfelt and tearfully asked questions in simple terms that require me to act on Faith. Just as God closed doors that can’t be re-opened he has opened other doors that can’t be closed. I will soon be back to work and the events that have allowed that to happen were well beyond my control.

    I will soon be out of my deteriorating circumstances and I know that the things I learned during my period of tribulation are preparing me for bigger and more important things.

    I KNOW that God has heard my every prayer for assistance in defeating the greatest Evil of our time so that the Nation he helped bring into existence could survive it.

    Regardless of who is in the White House I know who sits on the throne. I know that HIS Will is all that matters. I know that Good defeats Evil and I know that God works in mysterious ways.

    All is well.

    No pain, no gain.

  2. DocO says:

    Uke, your dad is AWESOME!!!!! I wish my pop could dispense that kind of wisdom. Thank God that he blessed you with a parent of such deep character.

  3. BigJimTX says:

    The Great Depression served to cull the weak. When the dollar fails and the USA falls, the same will occur.

    Stay strong friends.

  4. messup says:

    Obama’s 2008 election strategy vs. his 2012:

    Mr. Obama’s 2008 Presidential Candidacy reviewed:
    1) Number of states won by: Obama=19…..McCain=29
    2) Square miles of land won by: Obama=580,000…..McCain=2,427,000
    3) Population of counties won by: Obama=127 million….McCain=143 million
    4) Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:Obama=13.2…..McCain=2.1
    Conclusion: the map of the territory McCain won, was mostly land owned by taxpaying citizens of the Country. Obama’s territory, on the other hand, mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off of various forms of government welfare. Recently, estimates have this population total somewhere around 47 million.

    Fast forward to 2012:
    #1. (2 June 2012) In 2011, federal spending on 79 programs to provide cash, food, housing, medical care, social services, training and targeted education for low-income people was $717 billion. State contributions to these federal programs added another $201 billion and independent state programs added $9 billion … total welfare spending of $927 billion. After adjusting for inflation and population growth, the amount for cash, food and housing was 50% more than in 1991. (Source: 29 May 2012 National Center for Policy Analysis)
    #2. (17 February 2012) In 1984, only 14.8% of Americans paid no federal income tax. In 2009, 49.5% (152 million) paid none. (Source: 8 February 2012 Investor’s Business Daily, Heritage Foundation).
    Mr. Obama’s Electoral team (on the other hand) has decided on a “segmenting” strategy (not one similar to 2008’s) and one sees as delivering the White House. Esteemed political philosophers have issued scathing remarks regarding Mr Obama’s plans to salvage America’s ailing economy, saying that his policy solely consists of ‘financial confidence and food stamps’. Examples of Mr. Obama’s Electoral “segmented’ base 2012 strategy are:
    #1 In 2009, approximately 4 million Americans fell out of the middle class and now live below the federal poverty line.
    #2 The number of Americans enrolled in the food stamp program has set a new all-time record for 20 consecutive months.
    #3 In July (the last month for which data is available), 41.8 million Americans were on food stamps.
    #4 The number of Americans in the food stamp program skyrocketed more than 55 percent between December 2007 and July 2010.
    #5 In 2009, more than 48 million Americans were enrolled in the Medicaid program.
    #6 One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one anti-poverty program run by the U.S. government.
    This is what got Mr. Obama re-elected, no magic, no mystery. Plain hookum! Most number of Republican governors elected. Wisconsin for the first time ever has a Republican Governor, Senate and Parliament. NAH! Republicans are doing just fine, no panic. Just plenty of hard work ahead. Mr. Obama will implde himself and Democratic Party by next elections in 2016. God Bless America. Amen. Pray.

    Here’s why: Obama’s “to-do” list for 2012 – 2016:
    1. Deficit Control Act 2011 – auto spending cuts
    2. increased taxes
    3. Debt limit (federal deficit)
    4. cabinet members & Regulatory chiefs
    5. Syria, WMD’s – Iran
    6. Economy
    7. Unemployment
    8. Government gridlock

    No President has had this complex series of issues to tackle & resolve…ever! That’s why Obama and the Democratic Party will implode.

  5. Roy Ryder says:

    While I agree that tough times make for better people, I have to lament that these are self-inflicted wounds. Or more specifically, inflicted by the unproductive on the productive. Tough times because of circumstances beyond anyone’s control are one thing, but tough times because of parasitism is another.

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