Today, a sad event happened that made me look back at my past and re-inspect where it is I’ve come from, and how it is I’ve ended up; where I am. Fred Foy died yesterday in Woburn, and with him passed the voice of “The Lone Ranger”. Gone is the “Hiyo Silver! Away!” of my childhood. I think the Lone Ranger was the first “superhero” and created in me the lust for “the epic battle”, the quintessential moment when men of my generation could strike the ultimate blow for good over evil.
Then, sadly, I realized that the voice behind “The Lone Ranger” never existed in real life for me until today when I heard of the passing of the man who proudly spoke those words. The “epic battles” of my life, while often won, became simple moments in history, meaningless to but those who shared them with me.
I, simultaneously, understood what I guess I have known at a gut level all my life. My life and labors are NOT judged by a courageous moment of gallantry in the face of an overwhelming enemy in an “epic battle”. My life has been defined by what I do on a daily basis, the contributions I make to the lives of my family and friends today. My patriotism is not defined by the contents of a DD214, or the baubles given me by the military for what I did so far away from here. My patriotism is defined by how I enhance freedom today, in simple acts that ensure freedom for my fellow citizens. I am not defined by what I have, nor what I’m given. I am defined by what I offer, humbly, to a greater society today.
And, hidden within these words, is the key to conservatism, and the roadmap to a conservative resurgence. We need to stop searching for the “epic battle”. We need to resume going person to person and reteaching the lessons of personal responsibility. We need to market ourselves and our ideas for just what they are, born of hard work, and dedicated, in that hard work, to building an economy that uplifts working men and women. To give back to working men and women the clear understanding that, in giving, the government has to take more than it gives to run. That, on the other hand, business cannot thrive except through its symbiotic relationship with it’s employees. Business profits from the labors of its employees; government must take back more than it gives to pay “the givers”.
But this is NOT done with an “epic battle”, but in a tenacious campaign of winning back the hearts and minds of working men and women to capitalist ideals.