To love an addict is to run out of tears. -Sandy Swenson
I’ve seen addicts, am related to addicts and well aware of the devastation and heartbreak that comes with their behavior. In the coming weeks, the nation will be subject to much the same treatment as the husband, wife, sibling or parent of an addict. I look at the unrest and just sheer insanity of the statements made by those disappointed by the election results and it bears an increasing resemblance to the kind of behavior both addicts and codependents exhibit.
The pundit class and millennials blocking interstates are flip sides of the same coin. Codependence is the need to control others for their own good to the detriment of everyone involved, and is worth taking a look at in the DSM-5. Those in the halls of power are absolutely codependent or simply bad actors. We’ve seen calls from several groups and prominent members of the pundit class to refuse to respect the electoral college. The original argument was that Trump failed to win the popular vote. ‘You really didn’t meant to elect Trump, we are your betters and you should trust us. Democracy!’ Never mind the fact that a) we aren’t a democracy, and b) nothing says democracy like rioting and usurping the rule of law. Wait, that is democracy. This is classic codependancy, it’s for your own good, even if it kills you. An apt analogy is the crazy cat lady. She feels bad for the cats in the rescue shelter. She continues to adopt more and more cats despite the health risks for her and the cats. A rational person would not adopt cats only to kill them in squalor if they cared about the cats. It’s not about the cats, it’s about the cat lady. That satisfaction of she feels dragging another one out of the shelter overrides any and all evidence that she is doing more harm than good. Tell me that is not the current state of progressivism in America. The real cherry on top is that it is equally the hue and cry of the ‘conservative’ movement. I’d be encouraged if the calls for secession were met with equinamity on the right, but in true Lincolnian form they are committed to killing a goodly portion of the population if need be to keep a few stars on the flag. There’s nothing like an idea so good you have to threaten people with death for them to agree.
Snowflakes. The millennials are wholly different in their perception of politics. While at least the pundits and grifters of the political elite are somewhat Machiavellian in their machinations, or like Pelosi are obsessed with ‘helping’ us despite ourselves, the millennials had me stumped for the longest time. So far, it’s been a roller coaster ride of nonexistent logic, confusing and often contradictory ideology and an absolute plethora of made-up words. Everyone has a guiding principle, something around which the majority of their decisions revolve, so it was puzzling to me to find it so difficult to pin down. I think the millennials are the addict generation. The victim mentality pushed by the statists for so long is now bearing fruit, and it’s rotting on the vine. The radical professors of twenty years ago are now tasting the bitter cup of a generation that has moved well beyond any ability to culturally coexist or control themselves. One of the biggest things I learned about addicts at an early age is their preternatural ability to prey on normal human emotions like sympathy. I witnessed almost sociopathic behavior of people more than willing to cash in any meaningful relationship, tell any lie and steal anything to obtain what they wanted. It was Clausewitz’s Total War on an emotional level. Normal people are shocked how someone can be screaming for something one day and totally against the exact same thing the next day. A rational person cannot explain how an individual can chant ‘Love Trumps Hate’ while burning things in the street or beating someone half to death for their political views. An addict is more than capable of that about face without a second thought.
What could hundreds of thousands of people of every race, color and creed be addicted to? Victimhood. We have grown up understanding that being a victim in the statist sense of the word means you are not responsible for any and all actions you do. Commit a crime? It’s poverty, education, systematic racism. Office assistant doesn’t make as much as an underwater welder? Gender wage gap. Crap on cop cars? Wall St. made me do it. Beat someone half to death? They were microagressing me with their thoughts. Financed $100,000 in underwater basketweaving? Capitalism’s fault I don’t make $50/hr at Hot Topic. It’s an admittedly alluring concept, a life of consequence-free living. It’s not real, but don’t tell poor Bernie that. What happens when you aren’t a victim, however? The obvious answer is to invent a debilitating something, wave your affliction around and now you’re in business. We used to admire people for excelling in a field or a discipline. The millennials have taken that same approach to victimhood and what we watched in Portland was the Victimhood Olympics.
The entire sham becomes much more logical when looked through the prism of addiction. Rather than answer the embarrassing question of why you thought underwater basketweaving was worth sinking the equity of a small house into, claim you are quadgendered and can’t get a job because sprinkles are a patriarchal construct to keep non-binary peoples down. Our mistake has been focusing on defending sprinkles and taking the argument at face value. By all standards, there’s a very select few of the millennials that are true victims. The kids stabbing themselves in their haste to put safety pins on aren’t being thrown off buildings because they are gay. I guarantee few, if any of them know what it’s like to truly go hungry. The kids in Aleppo (that’s in Syria for all you Libertarians) are victims. The Afghanis hopping around on one leg thanks to Uncle Sam are victims. The Haitians drinking raw sewage thanks to the Clinton Foundation and the UN were, and still are, victims. The purple haired screaming he/she/it thing losing their mind on the road because they didn’t get their way in an election is about as close to a victim as I am to a White House bid. The vast majority of us are in the top 10% of the world’s wealthiest people, and a whole lot are more well off than that. Our focus should be on what the Victims Inc. employees are trying to obtain. The nonsense made up to get there is unimportant, but rather, what is the goal? If you look closely, the goal is that of all statists, ‘revolutionaries,’ progressives and whatever other flag they fly. Coercion. Do what I say, give me your stuff. I want no accountability, you may have no voice or contrary opinion, and I am entitled up to and including your very life if I am displeased with you. There is nothing new under the sun, and this is just a reiteration of an age-old problem. Still think Trump is the answer? You just wait until the Millennials make it to power. In the words of Bob Hope, ‘now we’re cooking with gas.’ You own you. No one else. Never forget that.