Yesterday there was a comment by someone here about how he wanted blood on the streets.
Sure. we all want blood on the streets. In a general and metaphorical way. Except some of us have seen blood on the streets. And those of us who have don’t want it.
Now is avoiding blood on the streets consigning ourselves and our children to the type of hell other countries have gone through for three generations? I don’t know. It might not even be possible for people like me. It’s always a bad sign when I wake up strangling the bed clothes and shaking them, which is the reason I’ve been up for two hours now and it’s not even 8 am. It’s a sign the anger is starting leak around the edges. And we’re nowhere at the level of oppression going on in Venezuela or even vaguely approaching the crap people put up with for 70 years plus in the USSR.
However people who lived in the USSR and people from Poland, say, might very well tell you it was worth to keep their heads down and quiet until they could be free again. After all if you’re dead you’ll never see freedom again anyway.
Which is fine, but being a live lamb might not be possible for most Americans in this day and age.
This in turn brings me to why we’re angry.
We’re angry because this is a gross violation of our country as constituted, our country as we’re committed to, our country as a country of laws.
Read that paragraph again. And realize that the fashionable habit these days of adopting a pose of the “the republic is gone, gone, gone” is bullshit. The only people who can think that are people who have never lived in another country as one of them.
I know. I did. And I remember thinking Americans were completely insane. I remember it as through a glass darkly, from the other side of acculturation. But that person and I did share a brain, and I remember my utter bafflement at the American people being mad at taxes — because well, every country levies taxes, right? It’s the price to pay for civilization? — and at American people being furious that the government wanted to take their guns away — what is it with Americans and guns, anyway? The government always takes people’s guns away, to keep them safe! — and at Americans getting all hot under the collar at the idea of a national id card, and…
I also remember coming to the states and being baffled and astonished at people leaving stuff outside, just lying there, and no one stealing it. And at the way you didn’t bribe the police at a traffic stop. And at the amazing amount of civility in everyday life.
Eventually I realized those were two sides of the same coin. The respect for the law in the US, specifically the respect for our fundational law of the constitution is woven all the way through.
Which is why places like Chicago of St. Louis, or other places where corruption is naked and in your face are jokes and bywords here. In the rest of the world with the exception of certain anglophone parts of the world, they’re “Saturday Night.”
And it’s why we’re outraged, frothing mad, chomping at the bit.
Look, let’s level set: I’m waiting for the boss over at instapundit to tell me I stepped over the line with my intimation that I want everyone who was/is involved in this attempted coup (against we the people who voted for Trump as president,) to be hanged, cut down while still living and their entrails burned before their eyes.
For those who didn’t get the reference, it was actually the Elizabethan punishment for heresy/treason, since the two were enmeshed in that era, and as such it fits the crime against the most basic beliefs that make us a nation. So, yeah, as graphic as that was, it was a reference joke. And I was being a nerd.
On the other hand, the reason that joke was made was that a part of me is frothing at the mouth furious and has nowhere to put it.
Because the guy who jacks your car might be showing a lack of respect for the law, but he’s not in elected office, and he most likely hasn’t sworn to defend the constitution. BUT most importantly he’s probably not doing it in the full light of day. His reach is limited. The assclowns in government right now, however, are screaming from the rooftops that they’re no longer our countrymen and they don’t want to live by the very same constitution they swore to protect.
And we’re not stupid. I’m no dumber than the next person. The immediate reaction is to view them as enemies, domestic. Which they are.
The anger has been building too. It started during the Obama administration with Fast and Furious, with Benghazi, with Hillary walking free after sharing state secrets with the Russians, with people not fully realizing the enormity of the Iran deal which might meet the definition of treason.
So, Sarah, given you’re as angry as anyone about this, how come you tell us we shouldn’t start the dance.
Because once the dance starts you have no idea how it will go. You might think you do, but you don’t. You might think that you have all the guns, and sure you do, but do you have all the indoctrinated youngsters willing to commit unspeakable crimes for you? Because the left does. And sure, most of those are useless, but not all. Psychopaths always thrive in this type of situation.
So, I’m a coward then?
No. Not for myself. I am a coward for the republic, and for future generations. And don’t tell me the republic doesn’t exist anymore. Do you think that it’s EVER existed as intended? Do you think men suddenly became angels and behaved perfectly according to the law?
If you think that the current abuses — egregious as they are — are the first of their kind against our laws and founding, you either don’t know history, or you really believed the unified mass media all through the 20th century.
Find contemporary writings and read them. More importantly analyze them.
The violations against the Republic, big and small, have been going on since we were founded. And yes, we came back from most of them.
We are now at the very beginning of a very LONG course to come back from the bullsh*t perpetrated upon the nation by Woodrow Wilson and FDR.
Look, just because we’re a constitutional republic, we’re not immune from the trends of thought and technology of the time we live in. And in the twentieth century the way of the future was a big centralized government with the power to plan everything.
Woodrow Wilson and FDR were “modernizing” the country to “compete” against the behemoths of the day. They thought.
What they did was nearly annihilate the republic.
But the only reason you know that, the only reason you don’t revere their memories is because the times they are achanging and you have access to other means of information.
The fact we’re this angry, the fact that the shampeachment has lost any and all hint of legitimacy to the point they’re now thinking of not sending it to the senate because reasons; the fact that the stand off in Virginia is a powder keg; the fact that we want heads on pikes is paradoxically proof that the Republic still exists and that things are getting better.
Before you become a Boojahideen, consider that fifty years ago, with the information that would be available to the people then, Obama would be considered a national hero, who had brought us summer of recovery. It would be in school books and no one would even doubt it. Consider the Shampeachment would sound very important and real and we the few who doubted it wouldn’t dare open our mouths for fear of being thought crazy.
The culture war takes time. Frankly, we’ve come so far so fast that I’m shocked. I’m shocked that I’m not alone in my anger. At the same time I’m even more shocked that people in Europe, who I thought were so far gone as not to have a sign of self determination, are rebelling against their internationalist socialist masters.
Our anger against the current outrageous abuses demands simple, immediate solutions. Heads on pikes. Blood in the streets.
But that’s the way to lose simply. It’s the way to make the whole context: who is more ruthless, determined and has better weapons or can get in foreign mercenaries with better weapons? Not: who can govern best under the law of the land?
First of all if the dance starts say hello to the Balkans, because it will burn long enough and hot enough to destroy everything you love. It might last way past the time a memory of the Constitution remains. It will also be seized upon as a reason the Constitutional Republic was a failure. Just as any aggression initiation on the right will be seized on as a reason for complete repression. (What are you guys? Stupid? Why do you want to do what the left keeps praying for every time there’s a mass shooting? Why do you want to be a “right wing terrorist?”)
No, this doesn’t mean being quiet forever. No it doesn’t mean we’ve already lost.
Impatience is not a civic virtue. Those who yell about the first revolution don’t seem to realize how LONG that fuse burned. Nor that a great part of the legitimacy of the revolution was that they’d TRIED EVERYTHING ELSE. They’d been reasonable and trying to reign back abuses for DECADES.
Americans are slow to war. We’re a people of law. Also we’re hells own bastards when the war starts, so it’s well that we delay.
Yes, the current abuses are egregious. Perhaps not the most egregious ones (trust me on this, okay?) but the most nakedly so.
The idiots and their shampeachment and their socialism-gargling candidates are nakedly, in the full light of day, trying to destroy everything we are and everything we believe.
Understand they’re doing that, because they’re desperate. They’re insane with anger. Baffled that what they’ve always done is suddenly not working.
And they’re losing. They’re losing at pretty much everything and showing themselves as incompetent ass clowns in the bargain.
Taking this thing hot now is to give them a dignity they don’t deserve. Do you remember the end of Princess Bride? Let them stay alive and listen to the laughter of derision, and know the Republic lives past them, and that we’re still Americans. Let them know they failed.
Now, should the elections go sideways with truly massive naked fraud; should they try one of their clever idiot tricks to put say Nancy Pelosi in as president, well then… the situation will be different then.
But we’ll have done all we can to preserve the Republic, first. And then if we lose it, it remains only to keep the idea alive till another generation can pick it up.
Take no counsel of your anger. It is not a wise counselor.
As much of the Republic of Laws as is lost, it was lost before I was even born. And yet, even flawed and maimed it is the best thing humanity has ever created.
Take no counsel of your fears. They’re lousy counselors.
Yes, there will be reverses, there will be battles lost, but we’ve turned the corner on the culture war. It is as yet a small and tentative corner, and most of our youngsters are still indoctrinated into oikophobia and socialism. But it is changing. In something as big as a culture, n a country as complex as the US, it takes time to change.
Speaking out is not glamorous. And yes, it will cost you many things.
But before we consign the last best thing on Earth to the chancy flames of revolution, don’t you feel we should give the current cultural revolt a chance to succeed?
We can always have heads on pikes tomorrow. But once we’ve set the country on fire, we can’t get it whole again.