This morning I woke up to two bizarre things: three coyotes merrily walking around the path between my back yard and the nature preserve in the full light of day.
For perspective, my neighbors often walk their dogs there. Add also my reason not to have dogs right now — though we kind of wanted to — is that two weeks or so after we moved in, a coyote got into the neighbor’s yard and eviscerated the dog. Who wasn’t small.
One of the things I really liked about hanging out in my backyard was seeing the other neighbors boxers (I think. Yes, I know they’re illegal in Denver. Yes, people still have them anyway) playing in the yard. Now they rarely come out except for a few minutes, under supervision, or while being walked because of the coyotes.
At the same time, a friend on facebook, and someone I know is not stupid (and who is a RL friend, because he keeps his mouth shut on politics around me) was talking about what a great thing it was that Trump administration people were getting harassed and refused service in the name of “keeping the nazis down.” No word yet on whether he wants to make Trump administration people wear an armband with an orange star. Yeah, I think we found the nazi, and it’s not the people getting harassed.
And it’s our fault. To a great extent it is our fault. Oh, not completely, and I’m not going to argue that it is. The guilt for being horrible people who wish to do violence and cause discomfort (for now that’s all) to innocent people is not ours.
But like someone in a bad marriage, the right has enabled the left. I was going to write “in the US” but that’s not even true. It’s worldwide, and arguably worse elsewhere in the world.
Why do I say it’s our fault?
Well, guys, every mother of a daughter should tell her something on her wedding day “If he ever hits you tell him ‘one more time, and I leave’ then do it.” This is not as much a danger in modern America, or in America really, unless you’re in certain sub-cultures, but in the village growing up, from what I heard of women talking, every man tried it on at least once. I’ve had friends whose mothers didn’t tell them that, and who stayed. The best of men, given disproportionate advantage of size and strength can become a bully to his woman, if there’s no enforcement. Those marriages slide down hill fast. I also have friends who were told that and left on the second offense. Some reconciled later. Some didn’t. Still better than the alternative. And the ones who reconciled did it on a new footing.
Women have their own form of transgression in an intimate relationship, and if a man doesn’t curb his lady’s tendency to bicker and pick him apart with words, that will also end badly, particularly because she’ll convince herself he really is no good, and either leave him or demand constant homage.
I knew looking for a partner that I needed someone with a very strong will or within a year I’d walk all over him. (Did it with boyfriends.) Then grow bored.
So what does that have to do with how the left is behaving?
Same thing. For years the partner in our political dance, had (still has in Europe) the full advantage of size and force. Oh, maybe there weren’t more of them (impossible to tell) but there were more of them connected to each other, and they had the advantage of controlling all mass means of communication.
Also because they are crazy *ss people full of their own righteousness, most of us have kept quiet in public and often in private social occasions. Oh, we weren’t crazy. We knew that it could cost us our jobs/families/friends to even make slightly-less-left counterpoint to their assertions.
How many conversations did I sit through in the eighties, where Reagan was derided and Carter sanctified and we were told the boom in the economy was Carter’s and “just delayed”? How many conversations did I remain silent in the nineties, when they said that Hillary would run soon and wasn’t that wonderful? Or that sex was a private matter, and so Clinton had been totally right to lie under oath?
The problem, guys, is the same as with coyotes. Or wolves for that matter. I had a well-meaning new agey friend in the nineties earnestly tell me that all the campaigns against wolves had been misguided, all the legends of wolves attacking people were slander. Wolves didn’t like the taste of people. We were perfectly safe. It took all I could not to yell in her face “We are made of meat, you dolt.”
But that’s part of it, you know, coyotes and wolves, and oh, hell, bears (there was a pub crawling one on the west side of the springs. He hit bar dumpsters) and even deer (don’t get too near the large bucks.) There is a number of custard heads who think they’re “cute” or “sweet” and “would never hurt humans.”
So we let them get closer and closer and proliferate out of control. And we don’t even hit them with salt on the rear quarters, which would keep them away from people. They lost their fear.
The same goes for the left and their constant bleating about “evil nazis.” If they really thought we were that, they’d fall on their knees and lick our feet. I know it with certainty because they do it with every totalitarian mass murderer from Che to Mao to Chavez to even the crazy mullahs.
No, what they’ve done is lose all fear of us. And that has tempted them to act like the nazis they claim we are.
Look, sometimes just a dusting with salt on the butt of a wild animal (or super soakers with water with soap, which we’ve used on aggressive raccoons) keeps them away, makes them think twice.
Second civil war?
Sure, if we don’t start fighting back in other ways now. How? Complaints to the police for disturbing the peace/harrassment. Talking back in less dire circumstances. Hell, if it comes to that and you’re feeling assholish, confront them for wearing t-shirts with mass murderers. Bone up on the facts and statistics and get in their face with them.
But mostly, at home and at work, politely and firmly point out that these tactics are Nazi tactics, and that they are no part of a civil society. Point out they are deluded and crazed partisans. Keep on it.
Expect worse before things get better. Part of the reason they’ve gone insane, other than our permissiveness is that right now they’re losing power, and — having cut themselves off from all feedback — they don’t know why. They lurch from conspiracy theory to conspiracy theory, unable to understand why they stopped winning. After all, everyone they know keeps quiet no matter how heinous what they say.
They have to realize we’re not fringe, and that they’re out of control. That takes figuring out not everyone agrees with them and silence isn’t consent. Sometimes it’s horrified incredulity.
Yes, this is your annual “come out, come out wherever you are.”
As you know I was in the political closet for decades. It twists your soul. But more importantly, it lets the left thing they already won and can go totally out of control.
I’m not judging anyone. You know your circumstances best. Like me, you might be quiet because baby needs shoes.
But if you can, where you can, speak and be counted.
Fight now with words, so we don’t have to fight later with physical actions.
And may your efforts be blessed.