Susan Stamper Brown

So, guess what? I'm disappointed, along with the other 57 million people who voted for Mitt Romney. Even still, disappointment and failure is never an excuse for any of us to give up. From that first big slug in my gut after my husband was killed in 2001 until this day, the one thing that has kept me grounded is my faith in God and the knowledge that things will get better over time.

Mindboggling is the word that comes to mind when I swallow the fact that a majority -- almost 60 million people -- voted to affirm the antithesis of America's Judeo-Christian values and sound economic reform. It is as if people checked their brains at the door prior to pulling the polling booth's curtain.

The chickens will most certainly be coming home to roost in America, so it sure would be nice if there were a way to protect those of us who voted with all our faculties intact from the looming collateral damage. But it doesn't work that way. Until the bottom drops out and we become Greece West, we are still America, and Americans do not give up just because times are tough.

Failure is not a bad word -- just as long as it is followed by a comma or semicolon and not a period. History is filled with examples of failure transformed into achievement. The 2012 election should serve as an opportunity for introspection as well as inspiration because conservatives can do better.

One takeaway from Romney's defeat is we conservatives must invest our time and energy on America's youth. Analysts say more youth voted in 2012 than in 2008 and Obama was the recipient of more than 60 percent of the youth vote.

While many of us have been preoccupied making big bucks and moving up the corporate ladder, liberalism has wormed its way into our school systems and universities; hence infiltrating our children's minds. We've been too busy for family dinners during the week and no time for worship on the weekend. We've sent our kids onto the battlefield unarmed and defenseless. No wonder so many of them voted for Barack Obama.

How easy it is to cast blame on everyone but ourselves when bad things happen. Sure, 60 million people decided to give Obama a second chance, but until conservatives take responsibility for their own missteps, they will never become the better version of themselves America's children deserve.

Susan Stamper Brown

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