What Can Conservatives Learn from Lord of the Rings Trilogy??
I was recently very sick, I came down with the dreaded Man Flu…. so for one day, I was useless (inset smart remark here), so I decided to use my day productively and watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which I recorded over Christmas. For those unaware of The Lord of the Rings – here is a brief description. There is a ring of power which was forged by evil people and there was a big battle which the good guys won. However, instead of destroying the ring forever, they decide to keep it for themselves and use it to do good. The ring is lost and then found. The story is about the journey the key characters take on to destroy the ring again. While watching it again, I realized there was a great similarity between the movie and with the situation of today’s government. Sadly, the days of President Reagan saying “Government is the problem, not the solution” are long gone. They are now replaced with people like President Obama who said at his State of the Union speech, “We don’t need a bigger government, we need a smarter one.” This is the same belief found in The Lord of the Rings – the good guys hold the power and they can use it for good. BOTH ARE WRONG.
In real life, government is too big and bloated and by its every action strips the individual of another right and all this in the name of fairness. America currently has two parties who are more interested in controlling power over the American people than returning the power to the where it belongs – “We the People.” America claims to be a democracy and holds elections to decide who represents them in government and is a voice for their beliefs – they do NOT vote for someone who will dictate to them and tell them what is fair. However, I understand some people might still believe that government is not the problem, so allow me to show you some proof… How is a government for the people – when every appliance that is in your household has to be approved by government – everything from your toilet to your bed to your washing machine. How is that a government of the people, by the people and for the people? By these actions, government is saying to the individual that you are smart enough to elect officials but not smart enough to buy your household appliances because you might be ripped off and you need protecting. Need more proof?
Another case of proof is by visiting a site which will literally frighten the crap out of you – www.regulation.gov. There are 6,084 new regulations posted within the last 60 days – hardly the sign of a government working smarter. That’s a government getting bigger and even more bloated. These regulations affect your everyday life and they are mainly done from start to finish by unelected bureaucrats. Conservatives need to come together and be a voice for the American people to firstly explain the situation, and also put forward ideas on how to fix America’s problems. America has problems and a lot of them starting with the $16 Trillion deficit, but America has faced and overcome problems before and continued to be successful. Americans need to understand history and the role they have played – and from this, gain the confidence of knowing they can fix the problems of today. However, these problems are not going to be fixed in Washington. They are going to be fixed by the American people. Sometimes people need hope and belief in their cause. This is a conversation between Mr Frodo and Sam from Lord of the Rings when doubt and fear creeps into their thoughts and they question if they will be successful:
Sam: It’s like in the great stories, Mr Frodo, the ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger, they were, and sometimes you did not wanna know the end, because how could the end be happy, how could the world go back to the way it was, when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer. Those are the stories that stayed with you and meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr Frodo, I do understand, I know now, folk in those stories had lots of chances to turn back, only they didn’t, they kept going, because they were holding onto something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there is some good in this world, Mr Frodo and its worth fighting for.
The Conservative message of liberty, freedom and individualism is worth fighting for and is not a message to turn your back on. The American people need to fight for those rights and beliefs, because without them, you have nothing.