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08 November 2012

Caller Ashley Depressed Over Election is Challenged by Mike

Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Audio and Transcript – As you heard Daniel McCarthy saying, as I have said many times over the course of the last year and a half, certainly over the course of the last five or six months here, all is not hinged on and is not predicated on the outcome of one single election.  There’s a lot of governing that goes on in between those elections that is far more important than just obsessing over one election and the result thereof.  We’ve got to get to that place to recognize that self-government actually requires self-government.  You actually have to do it.  Doing it means you have to do it in between those elections, meaning you have to be vigilant, active.  You have to be constantly learning, adjusting, and applying what you learn.  Despondency is not going to accomplish any of that self-government that you’re going to have to practice. Check out the rest in today’s audio and transcript…

 

Begin Mike Church Show Transcript

Mike:  Ashley in Pennsylvania next.  How are you?

Caller Ashley:  Mike, how are you?

Mike:  Well, thank you.

Caller Ashley:  Okay, so I’m totally depressed.  I cried for two days and then this morning I woke up and said, “Where do I go from here?”  I grew up in Texas.  I met my husband, he’s from Pennsylvania, and we live in a fairly Democratic area. There’s really no conservative movement here.  I just want to know, is it over for us?

Mike:  No.

Caller Ashley:  Where do we start?  Can we fix this?  I’m so stressed about it.  I just feel hopeless.

Mike:  No.

Caller Ashley:  I want to fix it and I don’t know where to start.  I need a plan.  I think a lot of us, in my boat, need a plan.  What do we do?  We can’t waste a whole lot of time.  Where do we start?  What do we do?  How do we fix it?

Mike:  She said we need a plan.  You go to Herman Cain, [mocking] “I got a plan.  9-9-9 is my plan.”  Number one, do not be despondent.  As you heard Daniel McCarthy saying, as I have said many times over the course of the last year and a half, certainly over the course of the last five or six months here, all is not hinged on and is not predicated on the outcome of one single election.  There’s a lot of governing that goes on in between those elections that is far more important than just obsessing over one election and the result thereof.  We’ve got to get to that place to recognize that self-government actually requires self-government.  You actually have to do it.  Doing it means you have to do it in between those elections, meaning you have to be vigilant, active.  You have to be constantly learning, adjusting, and applying what you learn.  Despondency is not going to accomplish any of that self-government that you’re going to have to practice.

The second thing is, just like the young lady that called me the other day and said, “It took a hundred years to do this.  It’ll take a hundred years to undo it.  I’ve got to survive.”  You can’t think like that.  It took a hundred years to do what?  It took a hundred years to create this culture that’s all around us.  That does not mean that you, Ashley, and your husband and your children, that you have to accept it and you have to participate in it.  Change begins with you.

The first thing we can all do is be better Christian gentlemen and gentle ladies.  The second thing we can all do is to be better educated.  I do not mean — please do not take this wrong.  There are few works that are written today that are worthy of your dollars, if you’re trying to educate yourself.  The latest rehash of why Obama is an idiot is not going to educate you.  The latest rehash of why this plan went awry and who’s responsible for it, it may thrill you but it’s not going to educate you.  There is a reason why this thing called the canon of Western civilization, from the Greeks all the way up to the middle of the last century, survived.  It’s a good thing that it did survive.  It is there for us to read and to learn from.

Like we do with our kids: “I don’t want to read Latin.”  “You will read some Latin.  I don’t care whether you like it or not.”  Even if you just read the Lord’s Prayer every day in Latin, I will at least be satisfied that you spoke the ancient tongue.  You know what?  It gets the intelligence going.  Latin is a difficult language.  The reason it was required study is because it improves your sentence structure.  It improves your verbal and communication skills.  It also gets you in touch with the great works of antiquity, which have all been translated.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could read Dante’s Inferno in the original Latin and you could actually translate it?  That’s probably not going to happen, but you might be able to pick a few words out.

We have to acknowledge that what we call education today is nothing more than job training and leisure skills that we’re going to learn.  How do we watch movies better?  How do we make a better CD?  How do we make a better slideshow on Instagram?  That’s not education.  That’s just part of the little vicissitudes of life.  The educating that has to go on is, if you love the founding fathers so much and you’re so enamored with the Declaration and Constitution and Articles of Secession, if you’re so enamored with these, like the Northwest Ordinance, for example, if you’re so enamored with these things, what was it that those guys learned and that they knew that made them so smart they could write them?  Why aren’t we studying what they studied?  That, to me, only makes common sense.

Your job then is to control what you can and work on what you can in your sphere, being very confident and happy about it, knowing that as a child of God, you are doing so as a humble servant of his.  That whole transcendent thing that we talked about, that has meaning, too.  We can’t always just be wallowing around and saying, “We lost this election and now life stinks and I’m going to withdraw to my cave.”

Caller Ashley:  I’m trying not to do that.  I’m trying not to go there.

Mike:  Maybe Obama’s reelection is God’s will.  Maybe he wants us to have to deal with the challenge of Obama.

Caller Ashley:  I think that’s true.

Mike:  Maybe he wants us to have to go back and read the Book of Matthew again.  Maybe he wants us to go back and read the great works and figure out where we lost connection with Western civilization and its greatness.  It is great.  It has established the greatest social and moral order in the history of mankind.  Don’t be depressed.  It’s hard work, it’s challenging, but I think it’s worth doing, don’t you?

End Mike Church Show Transcript

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  • Kaddie says:

    I agree with the educating oneself piece. But the first thing that the wrong wingers need to do is educate themselves about Dante. La divina comedia (aka the Divine Comedy of which the Inferno is one of its 3 parts) was written in Italian not Latin. In fact, it was written in the Tuscan dialect and is considered to be be one of major influences that led to the Tuscan dialect becoming the basis for standard Italian.

    • TheKingDude says:

      Kaddie, Thanks for the linguistic correction, it led me to several intriguing reads and a much better grasp of the scope of “Inferno” including its impact on the Italian language!

  • jmb says:

    Thought you would appreciate this Mike. My Uncle posted this to FB yesterday:

    To all of those upset by the Obama win: remember that, at the end of the day, the strength of the nation is not found in the president, nor the governing body, but rather in the individual. Our strength is defined by our individual ability to reason, well established work ethic, self-reliance, the value of family and moral principles that dictate communal compassion, charity to the less fortunat
    e and that it is better to do good than evil. In this time of uncertainty look inward, go back to the old ways, gather your children and family to you, protect your own, live modestly, be self-reliant, depend on no one and nothing other than that which can be had from the sweat of your brow, diligence and those values handed down from the greatest generation. Be charitable. But remember that charity is not charity when it empowers the bad behavior of those seeking alms. Oh, and apropos of the occasion: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Sir Winston Churchill

  • Kevin Case says:

    Mike, I was listening to your show today and I heard this caller. I was a little surprised, but at the same time could relate to how she felt. I took my frustration and refocused it in the best way I knew how… marketing and promoting. I started a Facebook page to help promote the little guy/gal… the guy/gal here in America that is utilizing American manufacturing. Anyone that has ever started a business knows that marketing is very expensive and really hard to track the ROI. So I figured why not help them by giving a little of my time everyday to discover these American Manufactured Goods and help promote them online. If things take off on Facebook I plan to build an online directory, a place people can have to go and discover these extraordinary entrepreneurs with ease. If you want to see change… get up and do something about it. Even if it’s just 30 minutes a day, every moment you spend focused and driven, the more you’ll learn about the things that are truly important to you.

    “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
    –John F. Kennedy

    Regards,
    C.Kevin Case

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