I’m getting really tired of the creepy clowns.
No, I don’t mean the ones everyone keeps seeing around schools, though that fad interested me enough because it resounds with visions of strange things in times of trouble, like seeing UFOs in the seventies. In fact I went so far as to look up the sightings, but couldn’t determine if, as when one sees UFOs (or in the olden days fairies) there were the after effects of burning eyes and what seemed to be a mild cold. Years ago, in a summer of insanity (I’d just given birth) I read everything I could about UFOs and fairies and determined they were similar phen0mena and possibly had some sort of intelligence behind it.
Anyway, none of the accounts of the creepy clowns is detailed enough to mention that stuff, so other than as a sign of our slow national psychosis, I am not interested in them.
I’m not even talking about the two creepy clowns running for president, each more profoundly unserious than the other and each in many ways children in adult bodies.
No, it’s the creepy clowns on Facebook, who are starting to terrify me.
There’s a posse of them running around everywhere telling everyone how we’re doomed, doooooomed, dooooooooooooooomed and the republic is already lost and there’s nothing we can do.
I honestly don’t know if these people were convinced Trumpites (I think so) who have now lost faith in their figurehead, and therefore everyone must be doomy and gloomy with them. I know some of them were. The others are probably just general purpose ass clowns.
There is one person I respect who thinks we’re all lost — but on a longer timescale than the assclowns — because of a Marching Morons scenario. I.e. he thinks we’re paying the least competent to reproduce, while our most successful/competent/responsible people can’t afford kids after all the student loans.
I respect him and like him but I think he’s wrong, even if he’s probably smarter than I. His perspective is distorted by his job, where he deals with the fast-reproducing dregs of society and also for his failure to see the effects of dependency on human intelligence and ingenuity. It’s not that those living off the system are the dumbest (some aren’t dumb at all, since the system is a labyrinth to navigate.) It’s that their natural wit and ability has been turned to sponging off society. Cut the oppressive “net” around them and quite a few of them will shock you with how smart they are. Most of those irredeemably dependent and tame will die, in some way or another.
No, differential reproduction doesn’t worry me. There have been periods like this before and it tends to be a self-correcting problem.
And that’s the ONLY legitimate reason to be worried about our society and our republic in particular. Yep, the only one.
What about the creepy clowns running for president?
Well, honestly, they’re more a symbol of how much grip the left has lost on our society. There was a time when they could run a Republican and a Democrat, both fully accepted, both with “deep credentials” and both statist to the core. No? If you think Nixon was a champion of liberty, you need your head examined. Ford? Not even.
Nowadays they can’t do that. And the left was aware of a protest vote of seismic proportions building, and the BEST they could do was push it to the only “republican” likely to lose to Hillary. The fact that this turned the race into a spectacle worthy of an insane asylum didn’t worry them. It was their hail Mary pass.
But they should worry, because in vulgar terms, they’ve shot their petard. However this turns out, this is the last time they could pull this maneuver. And, given how pressure cookers work, and Hillary’s inability to understand the national mood, they not only will never be able to do it again, but they might have bought themselves the mother of all backlashes.
As for the rest of society, if you think that a love of freedom is at its lowest ebb, you weren’t alive in the sixties and seventies. And if you think this is the worst election evah, you haven’t read enough history to be aware of FDR, or Woodrow Wilson for that matter.
I’m not saying there’s nothing to worry about. I’ve never lied to you guys and said that we’re not going to go through a pretty rough period. We are. If our different beliefs were divided by geography, we’d already be in a civil war. As is the idiots on the left, who are convinced if you just shut the valve on the pressure cooker, it will shut up and you can do whatever you want with it, are going to create something very like. And it’s not even far off. I thought it was going to erupt over the stand off on the cattle ranch. And that’s without the left running around trying to fan the flames of a race war they’re sure will finally bring about Marxism. (Because if you can tan, you’re naturally Marxist, don’t you know. You’re born with a little hammer and sickle tattoo on your rump. Those racist idiots who think your skin determines your thought disgust me.)
I told you, and stand by it, that we’re going to go through blood, sweat and tears, and we’re going to see some things we thought were impossible in this country come to pass. I just think in the end the trend of the technology and the trend of the nation is towards more individual liberty, just like the trend in tech and thought in the early twentieth century was towards mass production and therefore standardization.
I believe in the end we win, they lose, I don’t believe it will be painless or without problems. The very fact that the left believes history comes with an arrow and they’re “on the winning side” guarantees we’re going through a decade or two or awfulness. (Which might very well be the rest of my natural life.)
But I do NOT believe all is lost, or that we should abandon the ideals of the republic and sit around telling each other how everything is doom and gloom. Doooooooooom, I tell you.
The people doing this seem to have drunk the left’ koolaid, and think the arrow of history points away from them. Which would also explain why so many of these creepy clowns are worried about things like corporations. (Bad news, guy, the family is a corporation. Why? Mostly so that if I drop dead tomorrow, the guys can control my literary estate without a hiccup. Also so I can be publisher to all of them.) This corporation is, like all others, run by humans and suffers from the faults of humans. It’s not an alien lifeform oppressing humans.
At least one of them is also terribly concerned about income inequality, which is Marxist claptrap. Because free market has inequalities. The only way to make everyone equal is to make everyone equally poor.
What really bakes my beans is the latest from these assclowns. When challenged (the last one just informed me our country is terrible, and he’s not proud to be an American and then bristled when we suggested he find some place he can be happy) they bring forth a new and bizarre argument. I call it Argumentum Ad Enlistorum. I.e. they will parade before you the fact they did military service, that they served x terms, and tell you that if you didn’t you can’t be/aren’t a real patriot.
This argument would make plenty of sense in Prussia, but it really doesn’t do much in America. Most of the founding fathers were NOT veterans of any military service. Nor are we organized as a military dictatorship.
I will say that I have a lot of friends (probably 2/3 of them) who are veterans, and that as a rule I trust veterans more than I trust any other group.
However, I also taught military people. And I know for an absolute fracking fact that they have their share of idiots, problem children and *ssholes.
What is more, learning to shoot back when shot at, and even giving years of your life to serve the republic does NOT make you an expert in history and political science. It might, if you served in Heinlein’s military in Starship Troopers, so if that’s the case be sure to inform me, okay?
To use your service to the nation as a way to try to make people believe it’s uniquely horrible is a betrayal of yours and other people’s service and of the nation and of civilians.
Also, it’s liable to get you pointed at and laughed.
When you tell me things like you’re no longer proud to be an American, but resist any thought of going abroad, what you’re telling me is that you know d*mn well that the rest of the world is worse. So what you’re demanding of your nation is that they be PERFECT to fit your… perfect self? Really, if you believe that you need meds.
And if you carried your point and convinced everyone everything is doom and gloom and we should sit back crying and wailing, and let the country go totally to h*ll, what would you gain by it? The ability to say I told you so? Yeah, I hear that keeps you in advanced medicine and food, when a society collapses.
No, if you’re acting like that you’re just a creepy clown who is too cowardly to put on make up and scare little kids. You should keep your doom and gloom to yourself, and, perhaps, see a psychiatrist for that depression.
Because the rest of us would continue fighting EVEN IF, like in the beginning of the 20th century, it looked like technology would drag culture away from individualism and freedom.
We’d continue fighting because we know while you’re still fighting there’s still hope, and history doesn’t come with an arrow.
We also know even if we win this, there are no permanent victories.
The price of liberty is to fight for it. Not just physically, but philosophically, in the culture, in your family, in our schools, and everywhere it can be betrayed.
And those of us who aren’t dead will continue fighting.