“Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.”
Those are the words of Thomas Paine, speaking of the resolve of the soldiers at Valley Forge.
Tonight, it is easy for a conservative to fall into the trap of despair. This most liberal President, a member of the most fiscally irresponsible and overbearing party in the history of our country, has won re-election despite demonstrating an inability to solve the most fundamental problems facing us over the past four years.
We will, in January, retain a divided government which will most certainly remain in gridlock, unable to reach consensus on the important issues which will decide our nation’s fate.
Yes, it’s easy to be discouraged.
In this, another terrible winter in our nation’s history, it will be very tempting to leave your post, and return home to live out your days in the sweet shelter of ignorance. That would certainly be easy.
But now, more than ever, we must remember the sacrifices our preceding generations made to provide us with this great nation and its many liberties.
We must, like those great generations, stand firm in our resolve to fight for liberty, justice, prudence and, above all, our faith, for these are the greatest inheritance we can leave our children.
We must remain respectful of our country and its law, honoring the process by which individuals have released themselves from the rule of despots and dictators through democratic elections.
In all of this, we must place our hope not in the institutions of this world, but in a God whose divine providence has repeatedly delivered this nation from tumultuous moments throughout its history.
We must not abandon our principles now, though many will call for us to compromise to achieve electoral success. After all, if we win election by forfeiting our beliefs, what have we gained?
I will continue to pray for this nation, to fight for its future, and stand for the principles which guide me regardless of the outcome of any election.
I hope that you will join me.
For the sake of our nation, our children, our future… we must persevere.