I was going to call this post “What Do You Think Will Happen?” then I realized our problems are much, much bigger than that. But hold on to that thought, as it is what has been going through my mind these last three days, while watching tantrums and hectoring, fake hate incidents and real attacks on people whose only crime is being suspected of being Trump voters, and most of all while watching the parade of bullies scream “you scared my child by not voting the way I wanted you to.”
But that last one is more of a problem, and we’ll go into it in a moment.
First, let me acknowledge that the fervent Trump supporters, the ones who started campaigning for him in the primaries, roughly a group co-valent with those calling themselves alt-right, often were bullies on line, and bullies in a particularly stupid way, where they thought inventing insults for various minorities was an argument. This, more than anything else, the fact I couldn’t go to a right-leaning blog without the comment section being filled with people using the witticisms “halfrican” “cuckservative” and “neo-cohen,” or — in the way of insane idiots my entire life — blaming all our problems on the “international bankers” or “the trilateral commission” delayed my even considering voting for Trump. It took listening to the man’s speeches to realize that while many of their ideas were misguided, it wasn’t his fault he had got this kind of following. Well not really. No, he did nothing to openly discourage them, but I think he wasn’t discouraging ANYONE. I suspect his victory was as much a surprise to him as to the rest of us, and he needed every vote. It has been suggested and, for all I know, it might be true, that a lot of these people, or at least those egging them on, were part of a Russian campaign AGAINST Trump. It’s plausible.
The second part of this is that there will be incidents from those people, yes, but they will be pretty much indistinguishable from background noise.
We got the same sort of idiocy and the same sort of incidents when Obama ran. No? Oh, sure, yes we did. I had my fill of idiots coming into blogs screaming “a black man is going to be your king” thereby both ascribing opposition to Obama to Racism and showing they didn’t get the American system of government. My favorites were the people saying he was descended from kings (Who isn’t?) and should “rule” us. All of it based on race.
And I don’t know if anyone here experienced this — I did, and was between amused and aghast — but for about a month or two after the election, I had black people in retail and other positions act very badly (as in ignore the customers) and then say something like “I don’t have to help you, because a black man is president. We’re in power now.”
The amused part was that I realized they had seen things like South Africa electing a black government and making whites second class citizens and did NOT realize South Africa was majority African and very minority Caucasian, and that here they simply lacked the numbers for that kind of insanity. (BTW the media doesn’t help with this when it keeps talking about how we’ll be minority white. Sure we will, if every white person with one-drop is encouraged to identify as something else. What we are mostly and have ALWAYS been is mutts.)
Note that though there were incidents like this, and the far more serious ones of Polar Bear Hunting (really? not the administration’s fault? Are you sure? Not even after Obama encouraged young black people to think the whole world was against them?) I don’t recall any of us doing long posts about how our children were crying in fear of being sent to camps. And I certainly don’t recall any of us rioting and demanding the election be changed right now, because it didn’t go way the we thought it should. Intimations of fraud, sure, (and you know what? telling us there is no fraud is no proof. If they really want to put that to rest, they need to start taking measures to assure the integrity of the votes) but no riots, no threats, no “I’m scared, so you owe me” and no name calling. (Okay, I might have called them liberals and commies, but they call themselves that.)
NO ONE took to Facebook in hysterics, to demand that everyone who thinks otherwise unfriend them. Not one of my friends decided their family was now the enemy because they voted differently.
We hunkered down. We thought of strategies to survive, if it turned out as badly as we expected, but …
But nothing like we’ve been watching these last few days, with the full sanction and egging on of the media who keep magnifying every incident of bullying and unkindness (akin to what I experienced after 08. Note it died down quickly) and refusing to report on the orchestrated nature of the riots, or the ads on craigslist hiring rioters.
The ones that disturb me most are the people posting “my gay/black/immigrant friend is terrified, and this proves that Trump is bad and wants to put everyone in camps.”
There is a syndrome, well known to any mental health professional who deals with children, of parents making their kids sick, so they get attention/benefits. It’s called Munchausen by proxy. Someone at Ace of Spades has coined “Trumphausen by proxy” and those of you who are on Twitter really should be answering every claim of “my gay three year old cried himself to sleep” with exactly that.
Because what I’m watching is by and large not gay/black/immigrant people having kitten fits. Oh, sure, some, but they are the “activist” type, and the activist type, gay or straight, is its own thing. No, by and large what I’m watching are parents (mostly mothers)/siblings/friends/totally unrelated people using their children/friends/acquaintances as human emotional shields and telling us we’re terrible people because we’re scaring this or that person. In most cases, mind you, this or that person either is not scared, voted for Trump him/herself and is having a hard time not snapping (I know at least three friends in that position) at all the patting on the head and offers to protect them, OR is only scared because the “helping person” made them so. This is particularly true in the case of everyone under twenty five, which is what got both Nicki Kenyon and I very upset at the same time.
And watching this craziness, I keep thinking of terrorists who hole themselves up in mosques or hospitals with women or children, so that, should we seek to stop them, the innocent will suffer and we’ll be forced to do things like adopt insane Rules of Engagement, which then give them a leg up in combating superior forces.
These are, in other words, terrorist tactics, and, should they go wrong, it won’t be these “helpers” who’ll suffer, but the object of their “care.” I.e. if people get so tired there is a backlash — we saw this in at least one comment here, yesterday — it will be the gay/tanned/immigrant people who suffer, and not the “activists” holding them as human shields.THOSE people obviously don’t care. They wanted Hillary (one wonders how anyone sane or insane can have wanted Hillary) and having been denied this, they’re going to use every person who might be EVEN REMOTELY inconvenienced by a Trump presidency as human emotional shields, secure in the knowledge that the worse that can happen is other people getting hit.
That in the republic so constituted there is close to zero chance of institutional harm coming to these people doesn’t matter. That the second amendment which protected us from real attempts at the left’s long cherished hope for a race war, will also protect them from the online-trolls bullshit (should they attempt it in real life) doesn’t matter. These terrorists in the body politic want us all to do as they wish, and to be shoved into some sort of “progressive” government in which they think they’ll lord it over us. And if we won’t, they will actively magnify any incident of background assholery and young people being idiots, in order to terrify the most vulnerble in society. Then tell us the only way to stop the terror is to knuckle under to the terrorists’ demands.
I came of age in the seventies, the golden age of high jackings. It didn’t stop until President Reagan said “We do not deal with terrorists”. Which is what we need to tell these snow flakes. When they realize they can’t get what they want by this, they will stop.
What they want is to push those nominally on the right towards attacking these vulnerable groups held up as “human shields” and then to use the resulting chaos to tell us that we really NEED political correctness, and “social justice” and bureaucrats lording it over our thought and our entertainment, our economy and our every move, in order to assure we’re “fair.”
Deny them their wishes. If attacked, defend yourself and your property and highlight the rent-a-mob aspect of these “riots”. If told you’re scaring someone, mock it. If called names, point out the white knight is guilty of gross projection and either malice or idiocy (depending.) Do not pull punches. Explain the situation every chance you get. Explain what will happen if this continues. Ask them to explain exactly what they expect to happen, just as you would a two year old in full tantrum.
And then explain to them that we’re not under Hillary’s obnoxious media-cum-government regime. If Trump EVER did anything vaguely stupid against a minority (protected or not, because we don’t care about that) we will, as a whole, know about it (the media is more likely to exaggerate it than cover it up) and most of us, constitutionalists, stand by to defend the affected. Which wouldn’t have happened under Hillary, since the media would happily hide any of her offenses against the constitution. Or really anyone. which is ultimately why I voted against her.
Meanwhile, even as I’m cautiously optimistic about Trump — he seems to be interested in fulfilling his promises of bringing back jobs by doing the only thing that will do so, a brutal cutting of bureaucracy and regulations — I will note for those following at home that any attempt to prune back government will be met with yet more Trumphausen by proxy, this time from government employees, telling us about all the poor people who will be starving on the streets, or who have to, for the first time in their lives, take the voluntary charity of individuals, instead of the government teat to which “they are entitled.” Feel free to deploy the fact that no one can have “positive” rights without infringing others, and that a government that can give you everything you want, can also take away everything you have.
Stay calm. Try not to roll your eyes so far they drop out of their sockets. And have no dealing with terrorists or those who employ human shields.
Be not afraid.