Grateful to Glenn who links and offers, “Remember, they want you to be depressed, and to respond stupidly and impulsively.“
In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Treebeard said that his motto was, “Dont’ be hasty.”
In the wake of last Tuesday’s debacle, Ace, aware that “the entire movement is depressed — almost suicidally” offers similar counsel because
. . . it’s never a good time to make important decisions with far-reaching consequences when you’re in such a state. I think we need to get some perspective on things before committing ourselves to wholesale changes. We need some data, and we need some thinking.
It strikes me that the public made a similar impulsive decision under emotional stress.
Maybe we shouldn’t be as hasty.
He’s right; we shouldn’t be hasty in deciding the way forward. That said, we’re already beginning the process of considering the way forward. Now is perhaps the time for consideration, to put ideas out there. Later will come the time for action, choosing which ideas to adopt and determining the best ways to put them into practice.
UPDATE: In a similar vein, Peter Wehner believes . . .
. . . we should use this moment to encourage fresh thinking and not vilify those who engage in it. At the same time, it seems to me that trying to fully understand the consequences of this election and what it means for conservatism 72 hours or so after the vote is probably unwise. We have plenty of time to sort through the exit polling data and think things through in a prudent manner.
And because politics has taken an orientation not favorable to us now doesn’t mean that is a permanent condition. As Gilbert reminds us, “Central to Churchill’s belief was the conviction that the public would respond fairly to a good case, well presented.” Nor should we grow weary as the struggle proceeds. Because there are still things worth fighting for.
Read the whole thing.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Going on a tangent, but he’s onto something, patrick1 find it . .
. . . embarrassing is that conservatives are acting the way liberals did in 2004. We are better than that and should act that way.
Now we move away from the conspiracy theories and the silly season of the loss and start doing what we do best, think.
We will come to the correct conclusions just as we did in ancient times (2010).