I’m going to be a spoil sport. Fortunately that’s easy. You see, I raised two children, and boys at that. Once you get the mom knack, you never go back.
This is the third post I wrote. In the other two I got impolite and unseemly. I had decided to take time away from all social media, but while having coffee — the stuff to make me sleep yesterday made my head ache this morning, though it had the advantage of amusing younger son who’d never seen me tipsy — it came to me that getting impolite and unseemly was all wrong.
This morning I was faced with the expected gloat from those to the alt.right (not the right, right, you know?) of me, and those to the left of me (because now they can get Hillary) and from those stuck in the middle (hey, when did unrepentant libertarian/classical liberal become the middle?) with me, I met with various flavors of defeatism and “burn it all down.”
I’ll be honest, the last ones are the ones who annoy me the most.
Do let’s suppose there’s nothing we can do. Hillary or Trump there isn’t an ‘aporth of difference between them. (Yes, I know respected people on the right say Trump will be fine. I respectfully disagree. His entire life he’s been a spoiled rich boy with only one interest: onanism. Sometimes he uses others for his sport, but the world is a vast canvas in which only Donald Trump exists. No, the type of business he does, in our current business climate requires neither intelligence nor common sense, only that one be born rich and with the right connections — there’s a whole post on that and the pernicious concept of “winners” and “losers” who are born so — and even then he’s not half as successful as he portrays himself. Now, is it possible that someone like that can turn on a dime and be a great president? Sure. If you believe in miracles. And no one would be more grateful for one than I would. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening and find the firm belief that it will akin to that of the child who closes his eyes and wishes for a pony in the firm belief it will appear.) So, one of them wins and–
Yeah, there is a good chance it will precipitate us into civil war. Because frankly they’re both paranoiacs who will try to crack down on those who dislike them: i.e. most of the country. Yeah, there’s a good chance of an economic crash. Yeah…
So let’s suppose all those happen. They don’t happen the way you think they do. We’ve talked about that before. Even Lebanon at its worst did not revert to the stone age. It’s just slow immiseration and life becoming massively more difficult.
So, life becomes more difficult and the US keeps electing dumb asses. And you’ve given up, because you know they’re dumb asses.
Please understand that unless you’re very very very lucky you’re not going to get a glorious martyr’s death. You’re not going to set yourself on fire in front of tank. That’s not how these things work. You might die in a reeducation camp. You might get shot while resisting arrest. Even those are unlikely. The most likely thing to happen is that you live in a world that is increasingly grayer and more despairing, and in which you have less and less of a say. That’s the way Europe has gone, and this election is turning out very European.
So, what are you going to do?
Give up? Giving up is for a long time.
Shoot them up?
And then what? There’s a million insurgences around the country every day that you never hear of. You won’t even be a statistic.
So — I’m looking at you — what are you going to do?
Put away the bottle and the defeatism. Give me the Kalishnakov. Yes, siree, running around the hills with an AK-47 is way more fun than what I’m going to propose. It’s also how you get Cuba. So, put the machine gun down. Take a deep breath and listen to the mom-voice, the voice that tells you that you must do unpalatable things like wash behind your ears, and eat broccoli, not because I’m forcing you to do them, but because you know in the long run you have to.
The country didn’t get where it is in a day. Or a year. Or ten years. Or twenty years. The take over that destroyed our youth’s ability to read, our government’s ability to leave us alone, and our populace’s ability to reason took at least a hundred years. And it was so slow that until about thirty years ago most people were in denial of it.
Yeah, things are pretty bad, sure, but none of the works of Man are permanent, and what others did we can undo.
What it will take is a lot like eating broccoli, but it’s the only thing we can do. The alternatives are death in one form or another. So, here it is a modest program to take back our country. Note I not only don’t expect to see the fruits of it, but my grandchildren might not see them. On the other hand, our great grandchildren might get to live in freedom and prosperity. It’s worth a try. What do you have to lose? (Other than the AK-47, and I’m keeping that safe till you cool down a little.):
1- If you’re out politically, enjoin people not to give up. Provide encouragement and support for those who can’t be out, and who will often be discouraged. Be aware in either case your career is going to take a hit. It’s going to happen.
2- If you’re not out, take a dramamine and infiltrate. Infiltrate the alt.right. Infiltrate the left. Seek positions of power and influence, and start subverting. Remember to take it slowly.
3 – If you’re an artist, create. Particularly if you’re subtle enough to get under people’s shields. Remember Heinlein had thousands of children, some of them overseas, where we read him in translation and his words were so STRANGE. But we kept reading, because the stories were good, and little by little our minds change.
4- If you’re a teacher, teach. Teach as much of the truth as you can. I realize you’re hemmed in, but there are ways.
5- Anywhere else, gird your loins and educate others. Around the coffee machine at work, or in the park, watching the kids — cast doubt on the narrative, and be prepared with facts.
6- Whatever you are and whoever you are, take care of yourself and those you can “carry.” Times are about to get very, very (very) rough. We’ll have to step in and keep things going as well as we can. Sure, monetary help, if you can, but also knowledge and emotional support and… all of it. Find out what you can do and do it. Immiseration from the top down only works if you let it. Find ways to get around destructive regulations and crazy enforcement, and build/create/make it work.
7- If you’re a parent, homeschool if you can, but if you can’t, consider what I did “homeschooling and deprogramming” after school. It can save your child’s sanity, it can save your child’s life, but more importantly, it will assure the work keeps going another generation or three or ten. As long as it’s needed.
This is not the end. This is not even the end of the beginning. We survived Woodrow Wilson, we’ll survive Trumplinton or Clinrump.
Our flag is still there. Teach your children well.
Now go and work.