Today I woke up to a world remarkably similar to yesterday. The weather is mild and the sun is brilliant. I left my home to go out into the world to do the things I do in the world. All the joys, sorrows and mundanities of life were still to be found in all the places you normally find such things. I chose to count my blessings. While they may ebb and flow with the fickle tides of luck and power, my lot in life is magnificent. Not for the things I have but for the opportunities I have been given and the most sacred gift of the ability to pursue them. Most people in this country will find themselves in a similar situation today. Even if their lot is less and their future not so clear. Before you stands your future. No matter what choice you wish to make or ultimately make, there are forces opposed to that choice. You must endeavour to stand strong in your path. You must rise above the forces that, be they real or imagined, seek to hold you back from your dreams. Today, in America, even if it is, or just seems a little harder, your destiny is still your own. Choose wisely. Enjoy the the warm touch of the suns embrace upon you as you seek to build your life. These things are true. If it was easy, it would not matter. The path is hard, even in the best of times. Let your mind become tough as steel but keep your heart open and soft. Even when the world lets you down, do the right things, challenge yourself to always go one more step but make no mistake, there is a storm coming. In the distance, we can see the dark clouds of dispare and failure. One needs to be mindful that they are always there. The events of this day did not produce them, even if they made them grow or inch ever closer. Our fall or worse, our demise, is always near. Today, however, we chose to look at those dark clouds a little closer with more trepidation in our souls about what is to come. Let us set aside cliched words and ill timed poetry for a second and explore reality. If one reaches outside of their box to explore both sides of the issue, and one listens intently to what each side says, in spite of the myriad of details and exceptions, there is one ultimate truth, The Democrats talk about issues. The Republicans talk about principles. If you listen to Limbaugh, Hanity and others, outside of the blatant mouth piecing (your hear from both sides) their core message always comes back to principles. Be they fine and noble principles or not, still, principles. If you dare to turn on "the enemy" and actually listen to what they are saying, they are talking about issues. Finite, definable issues. Lets us explore this for a second what the difference really is. Abortion is "wrong" is a principle. "This is how abortion will effect this person and that person and this group and that group" is an issue. How you think children should be raised is a principle. Your neighbor doesn't give a damn about your theories on raising children, he does care about the actual, day to day functional ISSUES with raising his children. There are so many ways to describe this but I am sure most people understand. Most people in this country are center to right. The math shows such trends...but those are peoples principles. People vote issues. Each of us has those things that are important to us. Each of us has our sacred cows. The left in this country continues to include as many as they can and avoid (most of the time, like guns) the things they don't want to. While the right goes forth with its principles. Principles don't include, they exclude. It you are trying to win, the choice is obvious. If you are a woman, if you are a gay man, if you are a minority, (and that is far more than half the people in this country) who do you think the real enemy of freedom is? the results answer that question. The Right sails a beautiful ship. It is a ship filled with ideas that have helped shape the most powerful and prosperous nation the world has ever known. It is a ship that visits the ports of need where ever it may find it. It is a ship with a powerful cargo of enlightenment, tradition, humanity, history and dare I day it, dear a guiding principles that are for the better of much of mankind. The ship is sound and worthy. The course must be changed though. This ship must set sail for the ports of those who feel oppressed. This ship must set sail for the ports of those it has ignored. Otherwise, the magnificent ship of the Right will sail right into those dark clouds as well. Be not upset with the winners, you do not get edit the other teams play book. The only way to ever recover from a loss is to fix your own problems and win the rematch. Victory comes from beating than the other guy. Everything else is falure.