Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Down Days

george-washington-prayer Some days this picture by Arnold Friberg captures my mood perfectly.

I’ve been discouraged and I haven’t posted for a while. I’ve cut back my news to almost zero. I’ve been in a political funk, frustrated by how much is happening so fast, and how willing U.S. citizens are to give up their freedoms to someone who will take care of them- someone who will steal from their neighbor to take care of them. But I still want to be heard, and join my voice with other bloggers who want to be heard.

It’s one of those days where I wonder if it’s too late to make a difference. If too many people are willing to give in to the siren’s song of socialism and get pulled down into the abyss of totalitarianism and captivity that follows.

Lately I guess I’m in ‘hunker down’ mode just wondering how I can do what’s best for my family and be prepared. I love this country, more than almost everything. God, Family, Country.

Maybe I get too caught up in it emotionally, some days it’s just too painful to watch. I trust in God and know he has his hand over the nations. I’m just being honest about why I haven’t posted more frequently. I don’t feel alone when I read your blogs, and when a conservative commentator makes a great point I cheer to myself.

Today Rush played clips of Reagan- so timely and relevant. It made me happy and sad at the same time. Look how far down this road we’ve gone since then. Rush is optimistic about the future of this country. I’m not so much. But I still believe in standing for freedom and not giving in.

There’s another picture by Friberg that captures my fighting spirit- the one I need to regain these days.

FribergTitleOfLiberty “In Memory of our God, our religion, our freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children”

This picture is well known to Mormons but maybe not to all of you. It depicts a God-fearing warrior who, when he saw  his people being persuaded by those who were willing to give up their democracy to have a monarchy again, ripped of his cloak, wrote the above words on it, known as the ‘Title of Liberty’, lifted it as a standard, and marched through the streets gathering supporters to augment his small army and keep democracy alive- for a little bit longer.

How do you get yourself out of the slump when you have political ‘down days?’

Pictures by Arnold Friberg from Meridian Magazine.


  1. mytitleofliberty.blogspot has some great posts the last few days on this very subject

  2. This is a hard one, because sometimes I can't decipher my funks! But I will tell you, after going to DC in September I was filled with a deep peace and sense of hope. There were so many like minded people, and I knew we were all representing so many others at home, that I really got this sense of power. Even if it is all signed away by power hungry-out-of-touch politicians, there are enough passionate people in this country that are willing to fight that we will find a place to go, a people to stand with, a movement to take part of, that we can do something about it. People are more informed and aware than I think our 'leaders' even know.....they will gather, and you can be ready when the time comes.
    Those thoughts, plus reminding myself there is a purpose and design to all things...helps me calm down.
    Also I have to remind myself- it is not always about the end, it is just as much about the fight and the process, and who we become in that journey. That is why 'giving up' is not an option

  3. When I have a political 'down' day I don't fight it. I don't force myself to post something; just like health care reform, sometimes doing nothing is better than forcing something that may not be worth the effort.

    If I'm really struggling, one thing I like to do is find a YouTube clip of something ridiculous that was said on MSNBC or CNN and quickly opine on the idiocy of the situation. That helps bring back the 'mood' to write more often than not. Otherwise I just go visit my favorite blogs and comment, or shut it down and try the next day.

    It can be tough to stay optimistic. Tonight (Tuesday) I'm feeling rather good since the elections panned out well but we never know how this administration will overwhelm us tomorrow, and I agree that can be a real drag.

    One day at a time...