And always, he fought the temptation to choose a clear, safe course, warning ‘That path leads ever down into stagnation.’ -Frank Herbert, Dune
The euphoria for half of America is going strong, even as I write this, and the other half are sitting in stunned silence or screaming with signs. While admittedly pleased watching the emotionally stunted SJWs suddenly make a pivot and decry democratic elections, I am concerned that many in the patriot movement may be drinking the Kool-Aid. I really try to avoid being a contrarian, but I suppose someone has to be the voice crying in the wilderness. The rise of what you can now call the Renegade Right is encouraging, at least still enough people care to vote in self defense of what few rights are still recognized by the Leviathan. While heartened that Trump obviously reads me and refused to play inside the controlled opposition box, the systemic issues are just that.
Short term, everything changed two days ago for rather obvious reasons. Marginalized people, by all accounts that includes blue collar union people in the Midwest, managed to redraw the election map in a way none of the talking heads predicted. A new voting bloc was formed, a new media and its concomitant personalities rose to prominence, and a level of bare-knuckled identitarian rancor not seen in my lifetime became the norm. Memes are the new yard signs and TV ads, and appear to have better results than the dinosaurs on ABC, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. Hillary’s image was destroyed on Twitter, FB and other social media faster than they could censor and ban users. This was legitimized as soon as a presidential candidate discussed a cartoon frog in a campaign speech. The hue and cry of racist, sexist and other pejorative terms reached market saturation and have lost nearly all currency in our language, particularly now that Trump has shown the ability to shrug off the epithets and do better among minorities than the last two and a half decades of Republican candidates, with the exception of 2004. The social divide has increased to an irreconcilable distance and by all accounts looks to be widening. The phrase ‘there will be casualties on both sides…people have to die to make a change in this world.’ was uttered on live TV in response to the election results. I don’t doubt the seriousness of the statement, but I do wonder about the ability of those scared of pronouns being effective at visiting violence upon me. Most importantly, many disgruntled souls have blown off steam and we look to be backing away from social critical mass.
Long term, nothing has changed. In fact, this election may provide the impetus of the millennial crybabies to galvanize into a political bloc and hammer into their thick skulls that a hashtag is not the same as standing in line and voting. The systematic problems have not changed one whit. An uneducated populace incapable of self-government? Check. Federal budget and pensions that are insolvent and based on a mountain of debt to maintain current expenditures? Check. Racial hatred? Check. NSA and DHS Übersurveillance? Check. Same FBI that said ‘we don’t see nuthin’? Check. I could go on, but you get the point. We have the opportunity for a respite and perhaps a smaller size boot on the neck of our economy and populace, but happy days are not here again. Constantine reunited the Roman Empire briefly, and managed to solidify it for a couple decades. Despite a momentary pause, the cultural inertia could not be stopped. Let us contemplate who has the future…the millennials. I’m on the bleeding edge and I’ve been voting for over a decade now. The fact of the matter is that millennials were voting for statism at a rate of almost 2:1 in 2012 and nearly the same this year, despite the baggage and the Wikileaks and four bodies in Benghazi. The non-white voters are even more of a monolithic voting bloc. If you throw in GOP statists like Ryan, Gingrich and the ilk infecting D.C. since Bush Sr., then I shudder to think what the ratio becomes. We will not make the difficult choice and we will self immolate as a result.
I want all of you to realize the fleeting opportunity we have here. Trump did not change the fact that we are ungovernable under our current model of government. People don’t want freedom, and you are greatly mistaken if you think this election was about anything other than jobs and keeping the weakest, and arguable the most corrupt, candidate ever to run out of the White House. Would I that every American had the willingness to endure the economic chaos of a sudden deregulation and the disappearance of subsidies. That political capital will never materialize, and the people threatening to kill themselves over not getting their way in an election will not be the generation to pony up and pay the bill. The solution here is not to roll your eyes, drink the Kool-Aid and go back to the NFL. The solution is not to curl up and cry. We take this opportunity to grow as people, grow the movement and grow our abilities. Develop some long-term goals and create a 6 month, 1 year, 3 year and 5 year plan. Write it down. Make that move, learn that skill and be a better version of you if we wind up facing someone more of a statist and with even less scruples than HRC or the past four presidents four years from now. We saw rain on the horizon and now we might have some more time to work on that ark. If the last year or two hasn’t impressed that upon you, then you have a terminal case of obliviousness.
The statists are not going away, as hard as that is to hear right now. Those of you who heard my praise of Hannibal may not know how the story ended. Hannibal couldn’t win enough battles to win the war, and wound up leaving Italy with Rome intact. Lee had the same problem, Chancellorsville did not win the war, despite how stunning of a victory it was. Half the country was willing to elect a professional grifter at best and a felon at worst. A sizable number of them hate you on a visceral level and see you as the number one problem with the world. A generation of people who have grown up seeing the government as an economic vending machine are seething right now and we are foolish to think Newton’s Third Law is not applicable in politics. We didn’t poke the Leviathan, we kicked it squarely in the nuts and it’s insanity not to expect a more virulent, vile and violent version of statism to take root and begin planning for the future. Use this gift wisely and don’t fall back into complacency. Also, please don’t get too excited about the reality TV star. I’m wishing him the best, but there’s been better men fall victim to the siren’s song of Mordor on the Potomac. I’ll take what I can get, but history demands I trust no one in or around that office. Shrewd is the operative word here, dear reader. Be smart. Be cautious. Be diligent. Be honorable. Be deadly. The statists are making the best of this time. Are you?