A few days ago, I was on the book of faces, on a thread started by Brad Torgersen, in which we’d already had at least three progressives come by and scream at us that Hillary had won the popular vote and why weren’t we making her president, when progressive #4 came by to announce that it just wasn’t fair we weren’t giving the presidency to Hillary Clinton, despite her popular vote in. By that time I’d grown a little testy (who, me? Nevah) and my answer was “Another constitutional scholar!” after which I gave a cursory answer about the electoral college protecting us from being dictated to by California, and, in the long run, from ending up in a civil war.
The lady (!) arguing with me came back with one of the most bizarre answers I’ve heard in a long time. She said since I’d first resorted to ad hominem, she won. A few of the other people on the thread asked her WHAT she’d won, and that’s, indeed, the material question. Never mind that, to my knowledge so far “constitutional scholar” is not yet a recognized insult, she seemed to think she could win an argument about FACTS (i.e. does the electoral college exist? Can it be said to have a beneficial purpose?) because an opponent used a logical fallacy.
That is not how the world works. If we’re both arguing over whether the sky is blue or bright red, and I call you the corrugated son of a whorish slug, it doesn’t make the sky bright red. That she thought it did alarmed me more than her belief that the electoral college was somehow unfair. But that doesn’t mean her ignorance of our fundamental structures as a nation and the reason for them was any less alarming.
And then a friend on the book of faces posted this video. If you have time to see it, the gentleman who calls himself Big Joe, schooled the derpapotomi in style, but in the middle of this, one of the shrieking ignorami who presumes to tell him that he needs to “educate” himself, also tells him he’s so “ignorant” because Trump wasn’t elected, he was “selected” by the electoral college.
At that point, the hair was standing up at the back of my head, and I immediately went to the phone and called my two millenials to ask them if they knew what the electoral college was, and what its function was.
Older son said he knew but only because his last History Teacher in High School was a retired Navy Commander who, upon discovering that they knew nothing about how the republic was constituted, and after he was done blowing a gasket, took them through an accelerated course on what the founding fathers had wrought. Before that all they really knew was that the founding fathers had owned slaves and therefore all their opinions were tainted.
Younger son said he learned about the structure of government from PJM and from the books I flung at his head when he said something particularly stupid. (Sometimes literally flung at his head.) In school he learned only that the founding fathers owned slaves and were rich, and therefore all their work was tainted.
I’m not going to pretend my sons are representative of their generation. I’m not even going to pretend the derpapotamus who thought Constitutional Scholar was an insult is representative of the generation between mine and my sons’.
I’m just going to say that while a lot of people are taught about our system, they are taught about it wrapped in a lot of scolding about the founding fathers owning slaves (and there will be a post about slavery next week, because Americans have SOMEHOW got the bizarre idea it’s uniquely American, and this is a stick the Liberals use to discredit the whole American experiment. A stick that must be wrenched out of their hands and used on their own backs. I don’t despise Barrack Obama because he’s descended from slavers on both sides or his family — no, truly, research it — but because he’s chockfull of socialist ideas which are a re-institution of slavery and just as offensive to the human spirit as the original.)
Experimental questions to less politically involved young people got me answers about our system that ranged from its being a democracy (which is about as accurate as saying it is a monarchy) or — and this is a doozy — that we live in “capitalism” which is not a political system, it’s not even, really, an economic system, more what emerges when government doesn’t screw with the economy.
Look, this is the problem we’re up against. Back in the nineties, I found Rush Limbaugh’s habit of referring to America under Clinton as occupied America, annoying and thought of it as a schtick. (Even though I hated what Clinton did on most fronts, starting with Motor Voter.)
But in the last ten years, I’ve come to realize he was right. America was and largely still is an occupied country. Foreign agents (natural born, but recruited early by Soviet Agit Prop) control our media, our education, our entertainment. And most of what the occupiers have done is try to destroy that which is uniquely American: our individualism, and our system of government. They also try to inoculate against people finding about our system on their own and thinking it’s brilliant, by tainting the character of the founding fathers and the idea of America as a nation AT LEAST as good as any other, if not better.
It is important, as we face the difficult task of rebuilding, to look towards the countries that came out of occupation by the enemy for examples.
As in France after World War II it might be convenient, as the tide turns and people pretend they were always in the resistance to the occupation, to let them pretend, and to not forget but turn a blind eye to their acts while under enemy influence.
But most of all, and above all, it is important to storm the bastions of the enemy, and to start teaching facts to young and old; it is important to start a great work of teaching citizens about our system.
This is more important in America than anywhere else, since our polity depends on at least a decent percentage of informed citizens. (It will never be all of them.)
Now I don’t see any point in storming the schools or the bastions of current culture. Due to what Iowa Hawk defined as the process of the vile progs taking over an institution, gutting it, skinning it, then wearing its skin demanding respect, all those institutions are in great trouble, and thanks to technology all the gatekeepers in such institutions will be taken down in the next ten years or so.
So, build under, build around, build over, and make sure you teach and explain as we go.
A lot of the people behaving very badly aren’t stupid. They just know a lot of things that just ain’t so. And a lot of them aren’t evil: they were intentionally corrupted by enemy agents, and turned into weapons against their own country and their own form of government.
Not all will be reachable, but a lot of them will be. Yeah, this will call for you to be patient, when it’s the last thing you want to be.
But we’ve already started the most important part of this work: we’re talking back, and letting them know we’re here.
Yeah, this is sending a lot of them into a blind panic. This happens when the foundations of your world shift under you.
But once they calm down some percentage will be reclaimable. And we need to reclaim them, because our country needs them.
Be not afraid. Go forth and work and teach as you go. In the end, we win they lose. But it doesn’t absolve you from doing everything you can. Go and do it.