Knowing people who have or have had cancer in their lives, I know one thing for sure. The person going through it is more often than not, more calm than those family members around them.
It is human nature to become emotional when something happens to a loved one, to ask the Lord, "Why did this have to happen to _____?" "How could you let this happen?" We can't imagine the worst, losing that person in our lives, or second to worst, the horrible pain they will have to go through. Some of us pray, some of us weep openly when the subject is brought up.
But, usually, the person who has cancer is logical, trying to find out just what they have to do to get rid of it, to fight it, and to survive. And, then, they just do what is necessary to save their life.
Some people get cancer from unknown sources. For instance, it is more likely you will develop lung cancer if you are a smoker, but there are plenty of people with lung cancer who have never smoked. But, sadly, when a smoker gets cancer, people are less likely to feel bad for them, and help them through, because presumably, the warning signs were already there. So, instead of just being sad for the patient, they are also judgmental and upset that their loved one wouldn't quit. The, "you kinda knew this would happen" attitude takes hold, and that is unfortunate, because it does not help the patient get well.
I think of our current anti-American policies that are, as Obama put it, there to "transform" America, as a kind of cancer. He didn't start the policies, he just heaped on one ludicrous catalyst after another to make a malignant tumor. It seems like his thoughts were, "Bush had $9 trillion in debt? How can we double that?" Or, "People are happy with their health insurance? How can we screw that up?" Or, "We borrow how much from China? Let's spend a few trillion we don't have, just to see what happens." All the while, citing previous presidents, and recently, the fact that he has a pen and a phone and believes he can do pretty much whatever he damn well pleases.
There is a growing number of people who are openly weeping for America. Books are written about just how it happened, through years of policies designed by selfish politicians who, on the one hand, swear to uphold the Constitution, and on the other, shred it to pieces. Our history is distorted by the media and rewritten by an education system that wishes to subvert American ideals for the mediocrity of the rest of the world, attacking the very principles that created the most superior nation on earth.
People are frightened and fear that America is over with, that she's a goner, and they are hysterical with the stress of what the future holds. And, some say it was bound to happen, because Americans of the past didn't fight when they should have, casting the same aspersions on the men and women of yesteryear as the friend of a smoker who has cancer.
But, just like the family members of cancer patients, being afraid for - or saying, "I told you so" to -America won't help America survive.
As I said, it is human nature to identify the problem, and then understand the consequences, and then become bereaved. But, just like it takes courage to go against human nature and run toward a fire, as firemen do, Americans must screw up the courage to fight this cancer upon our land.
How do we save America?
Well, the first thing you do, is stop weeping, fly the flag, ignore those who say it can't be done, and remind those around you of what America stands for. Remind them of how our nation was founded, as a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. This nation fought the most deadly of tyrants, and won, repeatedly. This nation created opportunity for all, making even those stricken by poverty better off than those in other countries. The people of this nation are the most charitable people in the world. We are not taking Obamaville lying down. Look around you, find the good, do as Abe Lincoln did, "pluck a thistle and plant a flower" in the people that you meet.
People are wont to say that the era of Reagan is over, yet, it was his optimism in the midst of gas lines and high unemployment and high interest rates that pulled us through. Helping the patient believe they will get better is more useful than weeping, and you never know if there is a way forward until there is.
So, do not weep for America. America is constant, she is calm, her inner strength will pull her through, because her inner strength is all of us who know what she faces and stand ready to help her fight.
"Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But, what they overlook is that in America, every day is a new beginning, and every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming." - Ronald Reagan