There is very little I can add to Jayde’s and Ben’s comments below or to those left by the loyal supporters of Governor and Ann Romney. However, I will attempt to articulate what is in my heart at this time as my last post here at Mitt Romney Central.
First, I am most grateful to Mitt and Ann Romney for the countless sacrifices they made as they endured the grueling campaigning of 2007/2008 and 2011/2012. Nobody knows how intensely draining this experience has been except them. I have known from 2007 that Governor Romney is the best man and most qualified person to ever run for the office of president. Based on my knowledge of the likely future Republican candidates, I believe Mitt Romney will remain the most qualified person to run for the office for a long time. To Mitt and Ann, thank you for all you have given this nation as true patriots.
Second, I wish to publicly thank the MRC team. It has been a great privilege to be a part of this team in our mutual efforts of contribution. They are all true professionals. Most who read this will never truly understand the tremendous sacrifices in time, resources, and time away from family members that Nate Gunderson (owner) and the other early trailblazers of MRC made for the cause. We are all grateful to them for their dedication and sacrifices.
Since that Tuesday night in Boston, I have not accessed any news of any kind. I read a brief article sent to me by Jayde, but other than than that, I have no knowledge of any national or regional news since Tuesday. Frankly, I have no desire to see Monday morning “expert” analysis (whining).
I am guessing that my experience in this mission was like many of yours. I was privileged to meet many truly incredible American patriots who all love America, including many of you. My interactions with them/you changed me for the better. Many are struggling with the “why” of the election outcome, especially after pouring their hearts out in mighty prayer over years. To them I have this to say. Since I was very young I have had an immutable knowledge of the power of prayer that is rooted in the faith of Jesus Christ. This I know without any doubt whatsoever: That God always answers the prayers of the righteous. ALWAYS. The fact that the specific outcome for which some of us petitioned did not result, does not mean He did not answer our prayers. But this I know, our prayers for this great nation of America will be answered by God. Our puny minds cannot understand right now, but I know we will one day understand how He answered our prayers for this great nation.
Some of you may recall from my writings here that I would sometimes refer to our work as feeling like “war” or “combat” to me. It is difficult for me to properly articulate why this work felt that way, but every night when I would sit down to add a little something to the MRC tome, I often felt like I was entering a combat zone. I never served in the military so I well understand that stating this may come across as overly dramatic and if so, I apologize to all of you that have served our nation in the armed forces; I would never wish to offend. I do not wish to be dramatic in the least.
Many I have spoken to this week are in a sort of mourning. That does not accurately describe how I feel, but I understand the sentiment. There is a poem penned by a Native North American known as Chief Tecumseh I wish to share with you in parting. It is a sort of “warrior creed” adopted by many in the American military, especially those in special operations. Please focus on the positive message of the poem in how to live our lives after one experiences a set-back along the road of life. For me, the poem simply conveys the tremendous value of living every moment with passion and intensity for those we love. All of us want what is best for this nation. I know I will fight again for this great nation:
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Since before the birth of this great nation in 1776, individuals, families, and communities struggled to make a better America. Early American patriots like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams disagreed vehemently even to the point of animosity, but they were patriots. They were prepared to give their lives for our nation. We must all retain that same intense Spirit of America as we all work to build her up and to fight for her another day.
I know Mitt Romney will.
American Values: “In God We Trust” — “Liberty” — “E Pluribus Unum”
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