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Guest Post: I Just Need to Get This Off My Chest

I need to get this off my chest…

…I fear what lies ahead.

In all honesty, I’m desperately hoping I’m not the only person who is afraid.  I need validation for the sense of despair I have for the future of America.  The unfounded hysteria spewing forth from the left is worrisome.

When I hear and see the liberal media, celebrities, and people losing their collective minds over anything and everything our President does or says…I feel disgusted and anger from the pit of my stomach.  It literally makes me sick.  Not so much because I disagree with what their vision is for our country…but the fact that they are so closed minded and egotistical. They truly believe that it’s their way or the highway.  There is no compromise or hey let’s have on an open discussion to see what we all can agree on. Its only name-calling, ridicule, riots, protests, and violence.  Because that’s what peaceful, tolerant, anti-war, inclusive and civilized individuals do, right?

I would love to believe that Americans truly have the same beautiful vision for the future of this amazing country we are so blessed to live in.  However, I am beginning to wonder if it’s just wishful thinking.

The world we are now living in seems foreign to me…

…almost like a nightmare.

Children are attacked, threatened and harassed because they are brave enough to stand up for their beliefs, politicians condone harassment and violence against American citizens because of who they voted for, Police officers are demonized, and criminals are victimized, disrespect towards our military is increasing, being a patriotic American is offensive and our freedom of speech and 2nd amendment rights are in imminent danger of being stripped away.

Sometimes I wonder if we are looking at a civil war in our future.

Is this what the left is hoping comes to pass?

Are they seeing just how far they can push us until we finally snap? Then they can say, see they are the crazy, violent ones, those evil, racist, Nazi, homophobic Conservatives.

Violence Against Trump Supporter
Source: Breibart News

It’s happened before.

When people feel like their way of life, their rights, their freedoms are being threatened what recourse do they have but defend it?  Wouldn’t you? Don’t they realize if America fails, not only will we suffer, but the rest of the world will as well?  We are always there to help others in need. Americans are truly the most compassionate and giving people on the planet, but if we can’t take care of ourselves how can we help anyone else?

If something drastic doesn’t change soon, I am afraid the America I have always known and loved will forever be lost. The very ideals and principles that so many men and women have fought and died for and still defend this very day seem to be fading away before my eyes.

So, I pray.

I pray that God will open eyes and hearts before it’s too late.  I pray that somewhere, someone will start a conversation…a simple conversation with people that are willing to listen to one another without judgment or arrogance.

I pray for forgiveness…because I don’t want to be angry

I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem.  I will hold tight to my faith and cling to hope.

There is always hope.

The Voice Behind The Door: Introduction

The fear is crippling.

My mind races with ideas.

I want to share…but I can’t.

This life is wonderful. Each day I sell. And from my products, I make a good living. A better living than I’ve ever made before. It’s nice to have a diet that isn’t forty percent Ramen noodles. I just bought a couch and it arrives tomorrow. A new couch that didn’t fill me with stress about whether I could afford it.

There will be long football Saturdays spent on the couch as watch my teams and achieve a happiness that can only be known when the leaves start to turn.

Outside, though, a tempest has been raging for some time.

It has engulfed the world.

Many have chosen sides. The slings and arrows of vitriol bring down people every day. I’ve watched them fall from both sides of the aisle.

Anti Republican Lies

And I cower.

In my closet.

It’s lonely in here. It’s dark. I’m afraid.

What sort of person lets other people fight the battle? Cowardice weighs heavy on my heart, but still, the risk is real. I depend upon the sales of my products. If I came out and declared who I was, what I believed in, and tried to have a conversation about the solutions I feel are best for the country, there would be retribution.

It is easy to leave a one-star review.

 

My products, which I’ve poured years into developing and marketing, are like my children. I adore them. To watch each fall at the hands of angry bitter leftist rebels scares me to death.

And they would fall.

A tweet.

A post.

A call-to-arms, “Get him, he is a REPUBLICAN, he must die. Cut off his lifeline. Destroy his means of living. Bury him,” would surely come.

I hide.

I need an outlet, though.  A place for my ideas to flow freely.  I know that it would be more than just a form of therapy for me, but my hope is that it will reach others who feel the same.

Perhaps someday we can all gather the courage to come out of this Conservative Closet together.  Perhaps, someday I won’t have to.

Each day I read the testimonials. With every story, a tiny seed of hope is planted. The heroic stands taken by so many lifts me up. I can see where the movement is going. I’m filled with joy…and maybe a little less fear.

And to the brave souls who are fighting, Lynzee, Brandon, and all the others, this is my contribution.

I dedicate this forum to helping those on both sides understand the fear that many of us live with day in and day out.  I dedicate this forum to regaining my voice.  I dedicate this forum to giving you back yours.

 

I am The Voice Behind the Door.

 

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