Yes, I still vote.
And no I don’t mind the occasional discourse with those of differing viewpoints.
But I’ve had a paradigm shift when it comes to politics.
I don’t care about them as much as I once did.
And my personal opinion is that if you consider yourself a conservative, you should not approach politics the same way as those who are on the far Left. One tenet of radical leftism is the idea that government is god. This is why you hear so many talk about leaving the country if the person they vote for doesn’t get elected. For them, it is total devastation because of the near deistic value they assign to government. The, “Abomination of Desolation” standing in the, “Holy Place”, if you will.
Those steeped in Leftism have no allegiance to America. Most will never admit it’s the greatest country in the world, or even great at all. So leaving is always an option.
But for me, the essence of Conservatism, is not that government is god but that God is God and the ultimate authority and ability for change is not found in a man made institution, but instead is granted by Him to the individual. So when the person we vote for doesn’t get elected, we should obviously be disappointed, but not really shaken. Politicians have not, and never will be the greatest driving force for freedom, success, or happiness.
For those of us who are conservatives, we already know these things happen on an individual level, through personal ambition.
Not elections and legislation.
We keep our heads down, work hard, and handle our own business.
And if at any point things get too far off course, and the clumsy hand of big government too invasive, conservatives will do what we’ve always done: “cling to our guns and religion” and remind the institution that it exists because we allow it to.
In the meantime I’m going to love my God, love my family, keep the guns nicely polished, and enjoy the fruits of my labor.