One of my favorite movies is Patton. Have you seen it? George C. Scott in the lead role. Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay. It reached theaters the year I was born, 1970. If you haven’t seen it, do so after reading this blog.
At the beginning Scott delivers a speech to his troops in which he tells them, Thirty years from now, when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks you, “What did you do in the great World War II,” you won’t have to say, “Well . . . I shoveled shit in Louisiana.”
See, my concern in the year 2012 is that a few too many conservatives would rather shovel, uh, stuff than shove liberalism around.
I hear your retorts out there: But Ed, look at the Tea Party movement. Look at Obama’s approval rating. Look at some of the recent Supreme Court decisions!
And I tell you: It’s not enough.
My fellow conservatives, liberalism is always on the march. It has been since the beginning of time. Sure, democracy started in Greece but dictatorships, monarchies, and thiefdoms have defined human existence. Torture, dungeons, purges, and wide-scale poverty are the residue of these regimes.
Now, I ask you: Do you think simply showing up at the ballot box every two or four years is enough to stop any of that when liberalism is on the ballot as well?
For all of us, conservatism needs to be much more part of our lives than it is. I realized this back in August 2009 when I was stuck along the I-15 headed toward LA from Vegas in a rented box truck containing computers and printers. As I waited for the mechanic to show up, I watched the cars whiz by and asked myself, What am I doing here? I’m sitting in this truck. A guy I despise is in the White House. My ideology is being trampled on a daily basis and I’m stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.
That’s when I started planning my conservative trilogy, Govicide, and its first book, Comply.
I didn’t want to shovel shit in Louisiana.
For the rest of you, I don’t know what the answer is. All I know is that when you think you’re doing enough, you probably can do more. With our National Debt at 15 trillion dollars, with China on our heels, with terrorists waiting to strike at any time, I think we conservatives should realize that being consumers of conservative ideology isn’t enough anymore. We all need to be espousers of it.
Furthermore, we need to figure out if we’re helping or hurting the cause.
If we’re sending our kids to public school, we’re working against ourselves. Homeschool them.
If we’re sending our kids to public universities, we allow their minds to be filled with the enemy. Send them to Grove City College or Hillsdale. Or have them learn a trade like carpentry and electrical work.
If we have a paper-pushing job in some 3-letter acronym, obscure, regulation-enforcing government agency, it’s time to get out . . . NOW.
These are just a few examples.
You don’t think I’m serious? The TIMES are serious. If liberals are going to bankrupt the USA, then we need to bankrupt liberalism first. But the people on the frontlines can’t do it if they’re followers continue to be wishy-washy. You can’t be conservative and support the liberal behemoth at the same time.
And I don’t want to hear it about how you have bills to pay, you have a mortgage, and your kids need braces. Before you open your mouth, think about the men and women in our military who left their families behind to sleep in mud in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When will you all get that planning for the future is irrelevant when there is no future? What part of “our current path is unsustainable” don’t you get? How exactly bad do things have to get before the non-environmentally friendly, incandescent light bulb goes off over your head and you say, Ya know, I’m working against the ideology I believe.
Get creative. You have more abilities than you could ever know.
Or, would you rather just shovel shit wherever you are?
Edward Dentzel is an author living in Madeira Beach, FL. He is originally from Leechburg, PA and is a graduate of Grove City College. His interests include the piano, guitar, and disc golf. Govicide: Comply, the first book of his new trilogy, can be downloaded at Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, and BarnesandNoble.com. You can find him at www.thedentzeldomain.com and on Twitter: @dentzeldomain.