Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Speak up. Now.

Joan of Argghh! at Primordial Slack hits it out of the ballpark with this post. Of late there have been too many chest-thumping, full-throated roars about the injustices and overreach of our government. I have even lent my squeak to the chorus. But an open revolt is not in the cards, I believe. We will lose this country slowly, as we have been doing for over 100 years. Like a handful of sand that you slowly allow to slip through your fingers, at some point, the sand is gone, no matter how impossible this may seem when you hold it full and heavy in your cupped palms and only the barest few grains are slipping through.

At some point, it's all gone.

However, ALL OF US are already being made examples. Daily we comply with all sorts of indignities and insults to our sovereign sense of human rights. We answer intrusive questions, we suffer molestation in public by the TSA, we sigh at bureaucratic sand in our economic gears.

But here’s the thing: Obama won’t send an army, he’ll send your neighbor, the one with the IRS job. Or you’ll try to travel and a local NHS satrap will show up to investigate you, express serious doubts about your online comments, and ask you to get in his car, quietly please, as your wife and kids look on– and your neighbors whisper, “I always thought something was strange about him.” Some municipal quisling will bring four or five officers and arrest you for making a video, or for refusing a smart-meter on your home. You will be shamed in the local paper, not the New York Times.

 Read it all. It's very, very good. And it's worth some thought.

H/T: Primordial Slack


  1. *curtsey* I do my best work when angry. That depresses me, but whaddayagonnado?


  2. Damn straight, Joan.

    This problem is exactly why I get so infuriated with non-liberal friends and family who know what is happening and understand the importance of it, but refuse to say anything about it out loud to anyone who might disagree because "arguing about politics is pointless" or "I don't want to offend anyone or lose that friend."

    GAHHHHHHH! It is this silence and this fear of offending anyone that is going to destroy us. If a liberal cousin says something stupid and no one says anything because "we don't want to cause rifts", then that liberal cousin thinks everyone agrees with him, and goes about his merry way, voting stupidly. And it's not just that one stupid liberal cousin - it's millions of them, thinking what they think because of the little bubble that no one dares burst because they don't want him to feel "judged", don't want to have "awkward" Thanksgiving dinners.

    Well fuck that shit. I decided a few years ago that I will never, ever remain silent if someone I know personally says something untrue or ridiculous about any political issue. It has cost me a few friends, and has ended a few distant family relationships, and that sucks but tough shit. I refuse to sanction the kind of dangerous stupidity that gets us presidents like Obama. And being silent about it is sanctioning it.

    Anyway - sorry for the rant tangent but I think it ties into what Joan's saying. We gotta TALK OUT LOUD about our beliefs and about the consequences of liberal/progressive policies, and to NOT CARE if our neighbor is offended or if Aunt Beatrice gets mad. We have to make them see that there are very many good, decent, educated, intelligent, thoughtful people out there who are conservative and/or libertarian, and that we're not gonna put up with this progressive bullshit.

    Gah. It's all so frustrating, and frankly scary lately. I need a drink.

    1. Possibly a good sign for the future: "Seventy percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 24-34 year-olds indicated the government 'should allow the private ownership of assault weapons.'”

    2. That's 'cause they're all growing weed, RG.

    3. Fine with me as long as they're too mellow to vote. :)

  3. Been reading de Tocqueville's Ancien Regime about the political conditions that led up to the French Revolution. How all the real authority and creativity slowly moved from the aristocracy and provinces to Paris and the central government. We aren't that far along but there are parallels.

  4. Thanks Rachel!

    On the brighter side, I watched "For Greater Glory" last night. Then today the WSJ has an article about Mexicans that have taken their villages back from the drug gangs, kicked out the Federales, and have dozens of prisoners awaiting a trial by the people of the villages. The businesses are no longer being shook down by both sides of the conflict and peace and order have returned.

    I miss Mexico for just these sorts of reasons.