If you ask any libertarian/conservative/Republican/Christian person today to identify the major issues facing the nation, you will get a myriad of responses including: I.R.S oversight, ISIS, God no longer in our public schools, gay marriage, Obamacare, budget deficit, and/or the wrong party is in charge of the senate.
This post is not to rank each issue on its importance or to dissect them. Rather, it is to tell the libertarian/conservative/Republican/Christian to abandon the notion that quick fixes are necessary in order to change their direction. So very often, I see "talking heads" on TV or listen to them on the radio or read them in print or online championing their cause and rallying the troops to do something now. They come across as arrogant, ill-prepared, and cocky; and for the most part, they turn people off.
At times, the issues that are held so dear to the libertarian/conservative/Republican/Christian seem so daunting that the only way to fix them is through a quick fix or to not try and fix them at all. The tortoise obviously was up against a faster opponent and beating him seemed almost impossible. Does this sound familiar in light of the issues facing this nation as noted above? Issues like the budget mess or NSA spying seem so very lost that we don't even want to try and change them.
In order to beat the hare, the tortoise when about his business. He used proven methodology that wins in the end -- preparation, have a game plan, stay the course, don't look at your opponent, and don't look away from the finish line, no matter how far it seems to be. “Slowly does it every time!” said the tortoise after beating the hare.
My advice to those like-minded conservatives out there is to pick an issue - one - that is near and dear to your heart. Fight the issue like the tortoise -- be patient and don't worry about what the hare (the party, culture, etc.,) is doing. Stay the course. Slow and steady is the way to win over people's hearts and to change the direction of this country. And keep your eyes peered toward the finish line at all times.
- Believe that the tortoise always wins in the end
- Act on that belief by being slow and steady
- Serve others with kindness (even those who disagree with you)
Be the tortoise - "slow and steady" wins in the end.