Ten New Year resolutions for the patriot

Forget losing weight and stopping smoking: here are ten resolutions to make your whole life better. Photo: Golds Gym, The Patriot-Ledger

WASHINGTON, DC, December 28, 2012 ― How many times have you resolved to lose weight, go to the gym more regularly, or stop smoking, only to give up on those resolutions within a few weeks? Total transformations via New Year’s resolutions rarely work, but go ahead and resolve again to do those things. It can’t hurt. Besides, no matter what you do resolve, the gym is going to be more crowded in January. It’s almost a law of nature.

On the other hand, there are some things you can do that will transform the political culture in America.

1. Be a happy warrior. Doom and gloom and negativity really belong to the perpetually unhappy people on the liberal side of the spectrum. Positive energy and optimism belong to our side. Name-calling belongs to the elementary school playground and trolls who write anonymous online comments. Follow the example of Ronald Reagan and let your optimistic light shine.

2. Annoy a liberal: Tell the truth. Political correctness is a liberal way of controlling the language, and therefore controlling thoughts. Don’t fall for it! Call a spade a spade – which, by the way, is a reference to the Roman writer Tacitus, nothing more. Know the truth, speak the truth and spread the truth. It will set us free.

3. Spread the gospel of liberty. Constitutionally limited government, free markets, and an educated, moral citizenry make a powerful combination. America has not only raised our own standard of living, but also that of the entire world in just two centuries. Never miss an opportunity to spread that message.

4. Celebrate the small victories. There will be a renewed push for the liberal statist agenda in the coming year. We will not win everywhere, but we will not lose everywhere, either. We are far from powerless. Celebrate what victories we win and take the long view.

5. Stand on principle. Stand for something, or you stand for nothing. Above all, the liberals will try to get you to abandon your principles; that’s what the fiscal cliff negotiations are really all about. Have the courage of your convictions. If you stand on principle, even those who disagree with you will at least respect you. If they don’t respect you, they will at least fear you.

6. Take over the GOP. The work begun in 2010 must be completed as soon as possible. People who put personal power over principle must go. The party must stand for something other than winning elections. That something is the party platform. The Republican Party must be seen to stand for the core American values of limited constitutional government, free people and free markets. If the task can’t be done – and soon – then the Republican Party needs to go the way of the Whigs.

7. Reach out to someone new. Be done with preaching to the choir. Meet new people, make new friends, expand your circle of influence. We have a great story to tell and many people to save.

8. Live well. It is said that living well is the best revenge. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. This goes along with being a happy warrior. When people comment on your lifestyle, tell them you earned it, how you earned it, and how they can earn it, too.

9. Listen to liberals, but do the opposite. The leftist press and punditry are full of advice for those who think differently than they do and it is mostly in the form of “be more like us.” Listen to what they criticize and learn what they fear. Then do more of it.

10. Put your faith in God, not government. Follow the example of the Founders who put their faith in Divine Providence and pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Nearly 80 percent of Americans claim Christian faith and 92 percent believe in God. You can’t be a person of faith and align yourself with secular progressives. Live your faith. Drive a liberal crazy: Wear a cross or a Star of David to work.

Now you have it. If you’re a leftist secular progressive, you most likely have not read this far. If you have, you are likely seething with anger and disagree with all 57 of the resolutions. Don’t give in to despair, however: there is a resource for you as well. Big Government has a list of thirteen resolutions for you at the website USA.gov.


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