The New Year always brings with it a renewed sense of hope, maybe because of the change in the calendar, more likely because it has been preceded by Christmas, with all its promise of rebirth. My personal life has been especially hectic lately, but we have been amply blessed with good things. I hope the same is true for my readers.
The title is a quote from Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers. I wish I could say that the tide has turned in the struggle or struggles with which this weblog has been concerned. I can’t. We may be at a still earlier stage in the disaster faced by America and the other Western societies, and may need to come to terms with just how bad things are before we can figure out where exactly “hope” lies.
Politically and socially it is a bleak time. Obama’s re-election marks a new stage in the ascendance of liberalism in our society, and I expect to see the outrages and horrors continue this year at an elevated pitch. Hispanicization, amnesty by law or fiat, the growth of Islam, the decline of the traditional family, the promotion of homosexuality, the continued destruction of jobs and livelihood for traditional Americans – that these movements will continue is a certainty. For me, the consolation comes in knowing that the present liberal domination of society cannot last, being fundamentally untrue and unsustainable, and that resistance to it is growing, though as yet without taking effective form.
In my writing for this site, I have generally tried to keep a moderate and reasoned tone (I have certainly strayed from this policy at times!). The standard I set for myself was to write in such a way that, if one of my liberal friends or relatives happened upon it, they might be persuaded at least of my reasonableness and good intentions, if not of the truth of my positions. Mark Richardson of the Oz Conservative has been one of my models for this. At the same time, I have to admit that most liberals (meaning most of the people I know and most people in positions of power) are utterly impervious to any challenges to their liberal views. So for practical purposes I write primarily for those who are already predisposed to agree with me. What I and others like me are really doing is searching for like-minded people and for ways to give our beliefs practical or political expression.
The words of Gandalf express the idea of hope even in the face of worsening circumstances:
I have spoken words of hope. But only of hope. Hope is not victory. War is upon us and all our friends, a war in which only the use of the Ring could give us surety of victory. It fills me with great sorrow and great fear: for much shall be destroyed and all may be lost. I am Gandalf, Gandalf the White, but Black is mightier still.
My wish this year is to find new signs of hope, as Gandalf brought hope with his return from death.