The strength of our nation is and will always be the courage, resourcefulness, and good-naturedness of its great people. Americans are also resilient, generous, and self-reliant.

The strength of our nation is and will always be the courage, resourcefulness, and good-naturedness of its great people. Americans are also resilient, generous, and self-reliant. Our culture is steeped in faith and the sheer force and hopeful spirit of pioneers and visionaries, relentless in their quest for a better life and a brighter future.

Many Americans looked to the recent midterm elections for relief, if not salvation, from government policies crushing the middle class, like record-high inflation, soaring energy and food costs, rising crime rates, open borders, indoctrinating school children with radical race and gender theories, using federal law enforcement to target political opponents. Understandably, there was disappointment in the results. 

But as Americans, the source of our spirit can’t be one election or politics alone. At its core, it is about how we connect to each other as a people. A renewal of connectedness and reawakening is occurring in America, reminding us that America is a great nation.

Author Lafayette Lee, a veteran of America’s wars in the Middle East and a prolific writer and patriot, says we Americans are now in the “wilderness.” And, that is a good thing.

Moses made a nation of the slaves he led out of the fleshpots of Egypt and toward the promised land. It took them forty years to finish the short journey from the Nile river to Canaan, and Moses never entered the land of milk and honey. Rather the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness, where they shed their habits of servitude and unlearned the corruption that bent and twisted them under the Pharoah’s cruel reign. 

The pilgrims who first settled this land, our forefathers, understood the new country they created in biblical terms. They crossed the ocean to escape not only persecution but also the moral rot eating away at the Old World. They went to the wilderness, and through hard work and faith, they built America. The pioneers pushed through the prairies and turned us into the greatest country in history.

We’ve always understood our history and culture in terms of the wilderness, which represents what’s true and most pure and where we test our character. By contrast, the city stands for riches and reputation and tempts our modesty and virtue. And that’s where our politics was, in a place riddled with corruption, as lobbyists and our leaders traded favors at the expense of middle-class Americans. We left that sordid place to build something new again, an America that cherished the values the country was first founded on. Elections can’t reverse that.  

We’re going to keep rebuilding America just like the pilgrims and pioneers before us — bit by bit, starting with our families and our communities. Eventually, the politicians will have no choice but to follow our lead. The reawakening is here. In the meantime, take heart, for the wilderness is a good place to be.

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