I never thought I’d say this, but I’m getting really tired of the crazy.
I mean, look, I’m aware that none of my characters is exactly sane. I am aware that none of my worlds is exactly rational. That’s because reality isn’t.
But when my countrymen take a plunge into crazyville, I start getting worried. Oh, no, I’m not worried the country will be set on fire. Also, I’m not worried that — in compliance with the dictates of some Hollywood celebrities — there will be a revolution. Let’s face it, if Hollywood celebrities succeed in getting some kind of action it will be twitter action, and #revolutionnow is about as far as it will go, which will have as much effect as #bringbackourgirls, and count for exactly nothing.
No, I’m worried about our international image and also, to be honest about our more ignorant, backwards, incapable of thought co-citizens — in other words, those indoctrinated in the most prestigious universities in the country — because both foreigners and glitteratti seem to be blissfully unaware of a) reality b) that they’ve been spun and c) about the SIZE of our magnificent beast of a country.
And both of them might be led by the displays of… idiocy to believe that we’re weak and it’s a great time to attack. In both cases they’ll end up hurt. And I’m afraid of what that will do to the rest of us, too. I mean it’s not just that we might pull something from laughing so hard. It’s also that foreigners, specially if they attack by stealth or terrorism, will get casualties. And the innocent and misguided among us might unleash that same backlash they’re convinced is coming and which, as far as I can tell, there is no chance of as of right now. OTOH if they do something sufficiently heinous to unleash it, our society will never be the same.
So, I’m here to offer some perspective:
1- our country is fricking enormous. NO ONE in Europe gets just how big, and neither does, apparently, our coastal elite.
Yeah, sure, some people have been called “racist” names, and there have been “racist” spray paint incidents…
This is me, rolling my eyes so hard that the cats are chasing them through the floor.
Holy insanity, batman. Is it not written “The assholes, you shall always have with you?” I can tell you there have always been “racist” incidents somewhere in this great country. Because, yeah, not all of our co-citizens or even the marvelously diverse foreigners living among us, legally or not, are angels of virtue. In fact, few are.
There have always been assholes shouting things at people who look different, and depending on the neighborhood, trust me, the “different” can be any color of the rainbow, up to and including blond.
Being, depending on what I’ve dyed my hair that month and how straight it is, a sort of racial chameleon, I have been called every racial thing in the book over the last 30 years. I was also once called a sodomite and followed two blocks by a crazy preacher ranting at us, while walking in snow with my friend Charles. (I’m going to assume it was because, its being friggen cold, I was wearing an irish cap and a shapeless leather coat. It was however an amazing experience. I guess I seemed effeminate… I wonder why. Anyway, this was 24 years ago.)
Mostly it’s bravado and stupidity. Ninety nine percent of assholes just want to feel powerful by screaming at people they think will take it. If they take it further, this is why we have a second amendment. Curiously, according to our constitution you have the right of self-defense, regardless of skin color, national origin or whomever you like to sleep with.
And the level of crazy and asshole is, as far as I can tell, the same as it’s always been. There are three hundred million of us, guys. A few hundred name calling incidents, or spray painted nonsense? Background noise.
Sane people stay out of crazy neighborhoods, shrug their shoulders at the fricking crazy, and are ready to defend themselves when things go pear shaped. Now, same as it’s always been, world without end.
And for the idiots following along abroad: yeah, we’re always this crazy, this is nothing new. And crazy as we are, we can whup your butt with both our hands and most our missiles tied behind our back by insane ROEs. Also, at our crazier, our incidence of “asshole” is far lower than yours. No, seriously, you can present a good face to those who don’t read your native language papers, or listen in on conversations in your countries. Here we call those people “naive.” But when it comes to “racist, sexist, homophobic” the only difference is that our press portrays us as badly as possibly, while yours tries to present your best face to the world. From all I’ve seen, you’re worse than all but our very craziest enclaves, so shut up and stop convincing our crazies you’re all that. You keep that up, we’ll ship them to you.
2- No, this is not all Trump’s fault. Yes, some of the craziness, mostly in the Republican primaries, where he did things like accuse Cruz’s father of time-traveling-presidential-assassination sort of pervaded the campaign season with teh crazy cakes and brought teh insane out of the woodwork.
But the insane has always been in the woodwork, and in time of neurotic fears, they come to the fore. So, the fault is more of the campaign itself than of Trump.
He has done his best to try to calm those fears, but since the other side is whipping them to a frenzy (mostly because that’s all they got. What else but terror could cause anyone to vote for a proven corrupt incompetent like Hillary Clinton?) he really can’t do much.
And when people are cataloguing every incident of assholery and ascribing it to him, one wishes to know if they ascribed to Obama — who btw did fan the flames with stuff like “if I had a son” and “police acting stupidly” — “polar bear hunting” and the racial riots in various large cities during his presidency.
If they didn’t, then I really don’t want to hear it about Trump.
3- I don’t want to hear it about Trump. No, seriously, I don’t want to hear it about Trump. I neither worship him nor loathe him, and am giving him enough space to shows what he will do, an event that’s still two months away. So far his preliminary moves are what I’d expect of a New York Liberal semi-mugged by reality.
His talks, his appointments, all boil down to “socially tolerant/economically conservative” and if that is how he intends to govern, I’ll be okay with it. As okay as I ever am with ANYONE in power.
And for the love of heaven, stop jumping when the media says “frog.” Wasn’t their bias on display through the campaign. Even if they report that he said he’s going to fry all gays in oil, or get top security clearances for his numerous progeny, give it twenty four hours. Both of those have pretty much been disproven in less than that.
Right or left, we’ll have plenty to complain about him. No, seriously. Washington has so much power, and he’s so far from a constitutionalist, we’ll have plenty to complain. But particularly if you’re on the right/liberty side, CHECK THE FRICKING PRIMARY SOURCES BEFORE JUMPING. The mainstream media is not only not your friend, it is your sworn enemy, and I’d think you’d have learned that through the campaign.
4- If you’re tempted to join the protests, or if you’re abroad watching our protests and wondering if the whole country is about to erupt… Rolls eyes.
Like most of the leftist “movements” there are good indications this is astroturf. Just like Occupy Wall Street, these people are given tons of press, here and abroad, but they are a tiny minority, in mostly extremely liberal cities (where it’s easiest to recruit them.)
Also, there is credible information about their being hired hands, recruited through Craigslist. This is all the more credible since a ton of the OWS was.
So if you’re going to join in, I have two things to recommend:
a) Think of what you expect to get. I mean in terms of reaction. You should by now be aware that you are a minority. Maybe not a “tiny minority” but a minority. So, let’s suppose you manage to abolish our restraints against majority tyranny. Tell me what you expect to happen. Use words, employ logic. If what you come up with is not “I will never have a say in our governance again” you must come from a world in which the sky is green cheese.
b) make sure you get union rates, because half the people around you are getting them.
5- Look, whether we want it or not — and us, the libertarians, have mixed feelings, as we do in any tense situation, since we tend to be odd man/woman/dragon out — what this election has proven is that the left can’t enforce COMPLIANCE. They can enforce SILENCE. But silence, when the price of speaking is real danger to your job, your standing in the world and your character, only means most people are hating them in silence, and will strike at the first opportunity.
I’m very worried that their reaction to this is more shouting “shut up”. They’ve learned nothing and forgotten nothing, and if this keeps up, they’ll court backlash. OTOH they are, right now, mostly venting, and I say we give them some space, until they can stop screaming and start thinking.
And to the right too, take a deep breath and give it some space. Yes, I know what the last week has been like. It’s been a week of years, and everyone is emotionally tired and caught between laughter and rage, and still very worried about the creature that is now the president elect.
We’re mostly relieved we didn’t elect the one the media dotes on. BUT we have to remember the media doesn’t dote on him. And so, they’ll try to whip up the panic and the trouble.
Ignore them. Someone quoted the Arab proverb “the dogs bark, but the caravan passes.” Keep that in mind, even when the dogs are little insane chihuahuas who will not SHUT UP. It’s all noise and fury signifying nothing.
Go back to your places or work and your places of leisure, live normally. Even political nuts, like us, need a time off now and then. Enjoy a slight respite from being on the edge of seat. Adrenaline is invigorating. And deadly. Take a deep breath. Our worries start again, soon enough. For now, read a book, write a book, have a party, have some time with those you love.
Soon and very soon there will be real reasons for worry, and an economic crisis, and unless I’m very mistaken, (pray G-d I’m mistaken, please) a world war.
Enjoy the summer respite before winter comes.
And be not afraid.