Optimism in the Face of Adversity – (w/ VIDEO)

Earlier, I did my best to remain upbeat & positive despite Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, marking the start of another 4 years as dictator El Numero Uno POTUS.

Admittedly, it wasn’t easy.

Thankfully, my family and I are spending the week watching our Special Extended Cut version of ‘The Lord of the Rings‘ trilogy, and this particular quote helped put me in the proper frame of mind:

“It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

― J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring


Now don’t misunderstand me: I’m not being Pollyanna-ish about our current difficulties. Only a fool could be aware of any of the following issues and not fear for our country’s future:

As depressingly bad as that list is, it barely scratches the surface of the damage President Big Brother has done thus far.

But good or bad, nothing lasts forever. There’s always hope.


(Great idea, ….but a little late.) 


The first and BEST reason to have faith I’ve already discussed. However, there are several additional reasons to be of good cheer, or at least to not start spending all day in your bathrobe:

–People are turning to alternatives to Public Education in greater and greater numbers. Just as competition in markets spurs competition and innovation, so too will it work here. And for the record, I speak as a father of two sons currently being home schooled.

–We’re in the early stages of an energy boom, despite the Obama Administration’s best efforts to cut it off at the knees. Unless his administration manages to outlaw all three (and have no fear, they’re trying), a massive increase in domestic production of shale oil, gas, & crude oil located on STATE lands (not Federal), could completely transform our nation’s energy market for the better.

–We might yet get to the bottom of Benghazi. Hillary recently kicked into “fake indignation” mode when asked about the cause of the Benghazi protests. Sorry, but when a politician is accused of lying, if their reply is some variation of, “I don’t have time for this; I have to get back to my busy schedule of helping the American people“, that usually means…they’re lying (see: Clinton, Bill).

–Interest in Obama’s Inaugural Gala, as well as feelings of optimism following it, were both way, way down this year according to Ed over at HotAir. In practical terms, this simply means all of his lackey’s talk about electoral “mandates” is a bunch of hooey. And that, in turn, will give aid and comfort to the Republicans in the House as they try to gear up for the political battles ahead.


As for further reasons for which to be hopeful, I’ll leave you in the highly capable hands of Mr. Whittle. And remember:

“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers



12 responses to “Optimism in the Face of Adversity – (w/ VIDEO)

  1. Thanks, bro! Anything couched in LOTR terms brightens my day, and Bill Whittle was very encouraging, too.

  2. LivinRightinPGH

    If only we had Gandalf as Speaker of the House so he could tell the President: “YOU SHALL NOT PASS (any more big gubmint programs)”

  3. Frodo whispers to Gandalf- “Which way is Mordor?”, and Gandalf whispers back to him “left”.

  4. One of my favorite books and Movies, much better way to spend your time than listening to Oblunder. You would also have to add “Go back to the shadows” when speaking about the President and not passing. Great Post!

    • Many thanks, my friend.
      Between Monday’s post and this one, it’s been a struggle this week.

      BUT, you’re right: watching LOTR was easily a better use of my time. I was then able to digest Obama’s Call To Collectivism at my leisure. It was just as sickening, but it was better than getting hit with it all at once.

      Thanks for being here, Blaine!!

  5. The line from the movie that has stuck with me was when Frodo wished “none of this had happened.” Gandalf replies, “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.”

    • Absolutely true, DD!!
      We’re supposed to have faith, and follow His will.
      And onward we go.

      ***By the way, we’re watching “Return Of The King” tonight and tomorrow night, …so I’ll be struggling to NOT speak in Tolkien-ese for a few more days.

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