Now that the shock of the healthcare reform 2×4 across the forehead has begun to wear off, it’s time to consider the next steps. Below the fold is an essay I wrote early this morning setting forth my thoughts on where to go from here. But first, some profound thoughts from Oddball about “the negative waves, Baby.”
First, I refuse to become depressed about this. This is the wake-up call that average, non-political-junkie Americans required to get them to recognize the significant dangers we are facing with Democrats in power. One thoughtful commentator suggests that Barrack Hussein Obama is the best thing to happen to America in the last 100 years. I agree, for the reasons he states in his essay. Read it. (h/t Hugh Hewitt)
For those inclined to Eeyoreism, there are three quotes that I have posted above my desk, and I reprint them here in full for everyone’ s enlightenment and encouragement.
But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still forever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
Never give in – never, never, never. In nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in, except to convictions of honor and good reason. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
- The Litany Against Fear, from Dune
by Frank Herbert
This last one is particularly apt, because as a witch I use it in the form of an incantation. We are taught that “thoughts are things”, and that to make magic requires the belief that we can change our reality by the exercise of our will.
So be it.
From the infamous Aleister Crowley (Magick: in Theory and Practice) comes the classic definition of magic:
Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.
From the 19th century French occultist Eliphas Levi comes the following quote concerning the power to make magic:
To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the knowledge and power of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions–an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which cannot be broken, and a prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENCE–such are the four words of the Magus, inscribed upon the four symbolical forms of the sphinx.
This provides me with four goals to pursue on the path of remaking current political reality in accordance with my will as a free human being.
1. Intelligence illuminated by study – I resolve to study, to learn, and to make myself knowledgeable in every way possible in this struggle, so that I may be better armed to carry the fight forward.
2. An intrepidity which nothing can check – I resolve to dare to believe that the freedom and liberty embodied in the American Experiment will endure.
3. A will which cannot be broken – I resolve that so long as I draw breath and do not concede, I have not been defeated. Remember the 300.
4. A prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate – With those whose opinions I know I cannot change, I will remain silent. To directly engage in argument the true believers and those who crave power for its own sake is to waste time and resources. I will prudently discuss political questions with those who are merely misinformed and lacking understanding, in order to persuade them of the rightness of our positions.
I will not go quietly. I will not concede. I will not admit that the people currently inhabiting the halls of power in Washington are the best that our society can produce as leaders.
I resolve to take at least one step every day in the direction of increasing liberty and freedom in this country. Whether it is reading, blogging, sending letters or faxes or emails, providing support for good political candidates, or talking with friends and others about these important issues, I will do something every day.
I started today by sending a letter and a fax to my state attorney general strongly urging him to join the attorneys general of Virginia, South Carolina and Florida (and many others expected to follow) in filing suit to enjoin enforcement of this unconstitutional usurpation of our freedom.
Noscere, Audere, Velle, Tacere.
What are you going to do today?