Muddling Through

I must thank Jess for her performance the last couple of weeks, it’s rare to read one own blog and think, “wish I’d written that!” But that’s been my experience every day lately. I’m reasonably recovered although I seem to have some trouble concentrating yet. No doubt, practice will fix it!

Jess is also right when she said the other day that politics is a gloomy business lately for a conservative. It is, and while we have better candidates than usual this year, we also have worse, some much worse, especially on philosophical grounds.

And that is what has always been, the singular mark of American conservatism, it’s based on a philosophy, even compared to the cousins, we refer much more to the canon: Burke, and Smith, and Blackstone, and all the others. Not to mention the application made by our own founders, Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Madison and all the rest. And what they wrought is simply a government designed to constrain man base impulses to power over another, the palliative (in civil government) to Original Sin, and as we have moved away from the original intent, the warp, and woof that constrained would-be tyrants has frayed.

And that contributes to the gloom that Jess perceives, as well. It real enough. It often seems that we fight a rear guard action on the bank of The Slough of Despond, the hydra of the bureaucracy threatens to strangle the growth and well- being of the people while the arbitrary power of the executive runs increasingly amok.

And that has much to do with why the trumpets are a bit uncertain this year. It’s all a bit disconcerting, do we want someone, who is conventionally electable, someone who is intellectually pure (if such exists), or something else, entirely? No, I haven’t the answer either. I’m puzzling through it, even as you are. I do know this, though, business, as usual, is out of the question, too much is in flux. I think what we as Americans do this year, will echo through the entire century. Will it be a continuation of American leadership, which has given the world so much or has the Great Republic followed its guide too far and become the ‘Second Empire’ Time, and American votes will tell.

And now, even more than before, Western Civilization, itself, hinges on the choices we make. Sadly, I am not quite as optimistic as Winston Churchill who may (or may not) have said, “The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.”

Jess and I also share a passion for TS Elliot especially Little Gidding, which always seems to speak to issue of the day

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree

Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always–
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

And so we go into another year, that will be over politicized, and badly reported by people who conceal their purpose, but also by patriots, both left and right, who love America, the dream and the country, and the freedom she provides. And I predict, “We will muddle through.”


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8 Responses to Muddling Through

  1. JessicaHof says:

    We will, dearest friend – and you are too kind in what you say – but it is much appreciated 🙂 xx

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    • NEO says:

      We will, indeed, dearest friend. And I call ’em as I see them, always 🙂 xx

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      • JessicaHof says:

        🙂 xx

        Liked by 1 person

        • NEO says:

          🙂 xx


  2. the unit says:

    Muddle we will. In the mean time…we will…“I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” ― Harry S. Truman

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Bingo! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. the unit says:

    Mudding in South Florida. Surely a Lyn will always be there to make it Just Muddlyn through and through. 🙂

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