In Pursuit of Optimism, by Andrew Joppa

In Pursuit of Optimism

by Andy Joppa


I’m not interested in blind optimism, but I’m very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, ‘This is not enough.’ But it takes time, more time than we can sometimes imagine, to get there. And sometimes we don’t.

Colum McCann


First, let me start out with some explanatory comments about my last blog…America Will Always Be America. Then I’ll expand into some of the ideas that I left inferred but not clearly spelled out.  At the end, I’ll ask for your input. I presumed my intent in that blog would be obvious without this additional commentary. However, some of the feedback has shown that that was not, at least, universally true.  I apologize to anyone who accepted my sarcastically offered optimisms as being my actual positions.  I know some are so desperate for positive projections of America’s future that their rational filters are shut down and all comments are accepted at face value. This highlights my primary contention…optimism may blind us to reality and necessary courses of action.


In that blog I presented a series of existential threats (and a few for comedic relief) facing America; all followed by words of chronic, and unfounded, American optimism, “America will still be America.”  This optimism ignores the reality that institutional America; comprised of the media, educational and federal bureaucracies, are all committed to the destruction of our historic nation and its values…and there is scant push back…if any.


Every year the internal Leftist forces aligned against our future deepen in their number, their ferocity and their insanity. Our nation is having its heart eaten from the inside out. Each graduating class from our universities puts tens of thousands of mal-educated robots into our cultural system.  These Leftist automatons will be our future lawyers, judges, politicians and bureaucrats. Demographics are working against us as well, as seemingly unlimited numbers of unfiltered aliens continue to penetrate our system, while our congress, charged with legally controlling that influx…does nothing.


Vast hordes of these unwashed are given support by the political Left to the detriment of American citizens.  All, in some ill-conceived conspiracy to harvest their votes when they are extended that allowance…and it will happen…if we stay the course.


The patriotic, but baseless, presumption of the providential inevitability of America to survive this assault on our nation, in a circumstance where our leadership is thin to invisible, and there is no cohesive unity focused on “destroying” our enemies, is extremely perilous. Those that believe God will save us, somehow think that God is in the business of helping those who are unwilling to help themselves. I don’t think he is. Our nation is in the greatest danger in its history and all that is offered are romanticized notions that America, in some inexplicable and ill-considered manner, will maintain its quality of life for a free and prosperous people.


Optimism is good…except when it blinds you to the dramatic actions that are needed to save our country. I am deeply concerned that the depth of our problems is not being identified and, when identified, ignored. It is my presumption that if we merely “stay the course” our nation will be lost. Yet, I feel that no sense of urgency exists…no unity of purpose…no emerging plans…nothing…to do anything other than “stay the course.”  A constant series of one step forward and two steps backwards. Just examine the last thirty years; a period that shows a rapid and dramatic decline in this nations culture…and people.  There is nothing preventing this from continuing.


What is “staying the course”?  As I describe the elements of that process, I am not suggesting these things should be ignored or do not have importance.  I am suggesting that if we are successful in every area of our current political investments …it will not be enough. If we win some current elections and manage to name some constitutionally committed judges, we will still be overwhelmed by ideologies that are foreign to American values and destructive to its people.


Whether that is next year…in four years… or in eight, is impossible to predict, but it will happen… that is, if we just stay the course. You saw part of that last Friday when millions of near frantic school children went into the streets of America in their feigned anguish regarding the climate change hoax.  Many of these frantic school children in twenty years will be frantic childish adults leading America.


We’ve seen tens of thousands of women screaming their indignancies about their lack of empowerment…when they have power that men can only dream about. We’ve seen and heard every minority group in America screaming for social justice when really what they want is social mercy…justice being what you deserve…mercy is receiving the undeserved.  We’ve seen a nation where “whiteness” in itself, is defined as a negative attribute.


Think…where would be if the remarkable Donald Trump had not won the presidency? He didn’t win it because of the Republican Party…he didn’t win because of devout Conservative ideologs…he didn’t win because of Republican political elites.  He won by hammering his message home to about 40 percent of the American people. He won…and he alone, won. Many Republicans have never forgiven him for just that. However, he was running against, perhaps, the worst presidential candidate in our history…a little warped gnome still lurking in the background wearing her modified Nehru jackets. Yet…she almost won. Trump is now being attacked for his greatest sin. That sin is that he loves America and has dedicated every fiber of his being to doing what he can to undo the horrors that we have allowed to exist. The elite have never pardoned him for attempting to dislodge their control of America.


The Democrats were so sure of Clinton’s victory in 2016 they invoked few of their devious and often illegal manipulations.  The mid-terms of 2018 showed they had learned their lesson.  2020 will be a classic manifestation of everything we can call “political dirty tricks”. 


I see little reason for optimism…if we merely stay the course. My question for you, and where I want your counsel, concerns that statement.  Am I wrong in my sense of pessimism pertaining to America’s future?  Am I wrong that almost all variables are working against American values? Am I wrong that there seems to be little sense of urgency…with but a marginal commitment to only stay the course?  Please, no platitudes…concrete reasons that I should become optimistic about our nation’s future. I want to be optimistic, but I need a rational basis to take that position.


If you agree that our nation is in serious peril…what can be done to alter that outcome?  Where will we find the type of leadership we need when they have witnessed the unethical assault on the President and Judge Kavanaugh.  Who will want to expose themselves to that personally process? Where will find leadership to espouse and live by The Constitution?  Where will find anyone willing to penetrate the brick walls of faux racism, sexism and anthropogenic climate change?  Where are they?  Other than the great Donald Trump there are very few raising their voices against the destruction of America. If you think it’s bad now…”you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”


The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

Oscar Wilde


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