Finding comfort and inspiration in Winston Churchill

Question for all of you: A friend thinks that we shouldn’t get our hopes up over November and beyond. He thinks that, aside from the concern political junkies are exhibiting, most Americans actually don’t care enough about the political scene to vote for politicians who would put a stop to this. They got their voting excitement out of their system when they collaborated to put the first black man in the White House. He freely concedes that, living as we do in the Bay Area, our view about “most Americans” is pretty warped, but still….

So, do you think that the political junkies are getting exercised, but that this will go nowhere? And even if it’s trying to go somewhere, do you think that the MSM, which is ululating in delight over the bill’s passage and using Alinsky tactics hard and fast to paint the bill’s opponents as racists, homophobes and whack jobs, will successfully whitewash the whole thing so that American voters are pacified and inert by November?

As for me, I think the battle is over only if we give up. Abject despair and surrender are a guaranteed recipe for failure.  Think of Winston Churchill, who had a miserable political failure during WWI, was a political outcast during the 1930s, and led the only nation standing up to Hitler in the first years of the War. Unsurprisingly, he had a whole lot to say about not giving up (and about the freedoms and system for which we fight):

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

If you are going through hell, keep going.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.

Never, never, never give up.

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.

Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

There is no such thing as a good tax.

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can’t smile, grin. If you can’t grin, keep out of the way till you can.

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.

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    I am optimistic that the ‘revolting’ developments have turned the political couch potato into an official political junkie. The legislation affects everyone no matter what their age or current financial situation. When they realize that ‘free’ is going to cost them an arm and a leg, which will not be covered under HCR – they’ll react.
    Spring has just begun and next on their agenda is Immigration Reform followed by the CBC which is calling for ‘special’ reform$ for the black and hispanic communitie$. Although the crappy piece of reform has earmarked money for their list of must have – must do.
    The MSM has already begun the counter attack with the reports today of threats against several politicians. Did you all hear the first cannon being fired today? Time to take your positions and deflect the  noise.

  • suek

    They better hope that the Dems lose the elections in November.  If they don’t…things are going to get hot, I think.
    And the GOP better do what they’re elected to do – or things will get hot.  At this point, things _could_ go off half-cocked – I don’t know what would touch it off, but I don’t think it would take much.

  • Dennis Elliott

    Churchill is always the man to go to to pluck up your courage and prepare yourself cheerfully for full battle. The following two quotes, I think are especially appropos to the current situation and could easily serve as rallying cries for the Tea Party.

    In the first he states the problem, and gets it pretty darn close to what many of us are feeling right now:

    “Although the House listened to me with close attention, I felt a sensation of despair. To be so entirely convinced and vindicated in a matter of life and death to one’s country, and not to be able to make Parliament and the nation heed the warning, or bow to the proof by taking action, was an experience most painful. … There lay in my memory at this time some lines from an unknown writer about a railway accident. I had learnt them from a volume of Punch cartoons which I used to pore over when I was eight or nine years old at school at Brighton.”

                                           Who is in charge of the clattering train?
                                           The axles creak and the couplings strain,
                                          And the pace is hot, and the points are near,
                                         And Sleep has deadened the driver’s ear;
                                         And the signals flash through the night in vain,
                                         For Death is in charge of the clattering train.

    Then the rallying cry:

    “Do not let us speak of dark days; let us rather speak of great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”  




    This last was uttered in 1941 and, of course, referred to WWII. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to consider ourselves in another war today against the leftists, and one in which we can expect no help from offshore. It’s our fight and ours alone and we need to take it on with courage and confidence and no holds barred. It’s a fight to the death for our government and the goal is not to arrest the growing leviathan but to lay it back on its heels. I look forward to the fight.

    OT: By the way Book your site over the past 2 weeks has loaded agonizingly slowly (and I have DSL). Is that on your end?

  • Deana

    I would love to be optimistic but I have that sick feeling in my stomach.
    The other day I was at the hospital talking to some of my colleagues.  Many of the nurses I work with are somewhat conservative but we rarely have time to sit and talk at length so I don’t always know who thinks what.
    I asked our chief nurse that evening what he thought about the legistation, not just on a personal basis but how he thought it would affect us on a professional level.  He said he wasn’t sure but he thought it might not be so bad because all of our patients would “definitely have insurance.”  (I don’t think so but, whatever.)
    He then said this:
    “You know, lots of people are upset about this bill but people were upset about the stimulus and look what it did – it made the economy better.  My 403(b) isn’t as low as it previoiusly was.”
    I gasped.  Couldn’t believe it.  And so, this sort of think makes me despair.  The pain and the reality of this bill needs to be up front and clear.  It needs to be made “real” to people or people just won’t pay attention to it and they’ll buy whatever garbage the left is feeding them about health care.

  • Ymarsakar

    Deana, it’s like the master doesn’t beat him as often anymore so that means he is in a good mood.

  • suek

    You might ask him if he could live on his 403(b) if he didn’t have a job…
    I wonder what he’s invested in.  How many of his investments are in financial instruments.  Maybe he needs to be reminded of the Tulip crash in Holland in the 1600s or so.  Destroyed the economy – because they were all assuming that the price of tulip bulbs would continue to increase – and for whatever reason it didn’t.
    ( ) Quick overview.
    The problem was that there was no intrinsic value in the bulbs – it was all a form of gambling.  Stocks – unless they’re for companies that actually manufacture something – are much the same.  Bonds can also be defaulted – and look at what happened to the bond holders in the GM deal…they should have been first in line, but the unions – who had nothing invested – ended up with the majority position.  That one’s still in court, but in the meantime, the bondholders saw their holdings reduced by 60%.  Illegally, imo, but the government can pretty much do what it wants.
    Caterpillar announced last Friday that the Health Care bill will cost them $100 million dollars in increased employee costs.  Much of their market is international – will they be able to compete with increased costs?
    I guess what I’m saying is…I’ll join you in your despair!


    cross posted this tidbit on today’s open thread
    Having ruined the pension funds of Americans nationally through corrupt and utterly unsustainable “projections” of future growth labor unions are now targeting your money to make up the difference:

    One of the nation’s largest labor unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is promoting a plan that will centralize all retirement plans for American workers, including private 401(k) plans, under one new “retirement system” for the United States.!.html

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  • Deana

    Y – You are so right!
    Suek – You know, I had a difficult conversation several months ago with a dear friend of mine who is a “progressive” and voted for Obama.  I didn’t bring up Obama or politics – she did.  She knows I can’t stand him or almost anything he stands for.
    She is an attorney who went to a pretty good law school – and although she’d never admit it, I detect a sense of “I know better than you” underneath it all.  At times in our discussion, she would respond with this gentle, quiet, but insistent “But Deana, that just is not so” sort of response that was IDENTICAL to what you would hear a mother say to a small child who is afraid that there is a monster under his bed.
    What was amazing, though, was that there was so much she did not know.  She had NEVER hear of SEIU.  Never.  She was convinced that Michelle Obama really had a thing for helping military families because she said during the election that that was what she would focus on as a First Lady (which I knew at the time was such a lie – when had that woman EVER worked with military families or showed that she valued military families?  She hadn’t.  And what has she done for them since being in the White House?  Uhhhhh, not much.)
    But what really shocked me was that she had never heard of the bond deal that went down last year.  I expected this woman who truly does love the law, has more than a passing familiarity with bankruptcy law, and is one of the most ethical, good people I know to have been alarmed that established law and practice could so easily be thrown out the window.  She knew nothing about it.
    And yet, she insisted that she was consuming a more balanced news diet than I do and that all the MSM outlets are no more subjective than Fox.
    (I also remember her assuring me that there are very few frivolous visits by uninsured to the ERs in the country and that most people have to go to the ER for primary health care because there is just no “access” to health care in the U.S.  I felt like I had a bit of a leg to stand on there given that between the two of us, I was the health care professional who had actually worked in an ER but no.  I just wasn’t getting it from a eagle-eye, policy perspective and something “has to be done” by the government for us subjects.  Errr, citizens.)
    Look.  My dear friend is super smart.  Very reasonable.  And the real kicker?  She comes from a family who is the very definition of the American family who came here, embraced traditional American values and MADE IT.  There were no government hand outs for them.  They worked very hard and earned every single thing they made.
    But if someone like her doesn’t see this for what it is, then who will?
    I despair.