And maybe someday we’ll figure all this out
Try to put an end to all our doubt
Try to find a way to make things better now that
Maybe someday we’ll live our lives out loud
We’ll be better off somehow, somedayRob Thomas, “Someday“
(listen to the music, but skip the video – it’s pretty sappy…..)
In the last couple of days I “figured all this out”. Not really. But I did decide to “live my life out loud”.
I’m going to say a few things here, about myself and my beliefs, to clarify my position on some current social issues, and on the direction I see that our nation is headed. I do not want anyone to misunderstand my position, even if I hadn’t articulated it very well yet. I’m not doing this for shock value. I just think it’s becoming time where everyone now has to figure out where they stand, and to be able to describe it to yourself – and to the world – well enough to figure out which side of the lines now being drawn you stand on.
Here I Stand.
Please read this very carefully. All generalizations were precisely chosen; you may want to consider if or how you fit into any of them. I also make precise use of quantifiers, like “none”, “any”, “some”, “most”, etc.
I am one of The Deplorables. Although I haven’t ever made a serious living working a so-called “blue collar” job, and I have a lot more college and ‘credentials’ than many of my counterparts, I am much closer philosophically to them than to any of the ideas current in The Right Circles. No, I don’t watch Nascar (would rather watch my nephew race his cart, or move up to bigger rides); no, I don’t go to church (I’m a relaxed and mostly non-practicing ‘techno-kitchen-witch’, with a strong flavoring of Zen-lite and Discordianism); I’m not a huge fan of country music.
But I would much rather listen to country than to most of the self-important posturing that comes out of the Kennedy Center. I have lived all but two and a half years of my adult life in Flyover Country, and much prefer it. I have earned a bit of a side living doing manual labor repairing and rehabilitating modest rental housing, so I understand what it takes to work with your hands and your brains, and not just your fingers on a keyboard or mouth in front of microphones. I get “working for a living.”
I wouldn’t start a “Let’s Go Brandon!” chant. But I would happily and loudly join one. And I think I’m going to start using that phrase in day-to-day conversation as a general curse – “Letsgobrandon, this damned toilet is stopped up – again! Whatinthell is the tenant flushing?”
This nation – its foundational ideas, and the people who still try to adhere to them – is under direct attack by An Enemy. They are essentially all domestic. In fact, they occupy most of the very top tiers of the government, the organizations that lobby the government, the mass media (traditional print/video, ‘web based’/’streaming’, and so-called ‘social’), and nearly all of higher education. They are effectively Marxists. Their goal is to dismantle the traditional economic and political systems in this country and replace them with a mechanism that eternally rewards them, their sycophants, and their serfs/shock troops, and pisses on the rest of us. They are reaching the climax of their effort to get to that goal, but I believe (I hope, I pray) that they are falling short. It is up to all the rest of us to make sure they never achieve their goal.
The weapons of The Enemy are the big lie, censorship where the truth starts leaking through, social isolation and atomization, and normalization of anti-social and perverted behavior.
Donald Trump did not, nor did anybody on his campaign, conspire or collude with any Russian agents, either explicitly in or out of their government, before or during his 2016 Presidential campaign.
Joseph Biden did not legitimately win the 2020 Presidential election. The Democratic Party, working from the highest levels on down, forged enough votes in five or so notoriously corrupt, long-time Democratic stronghold cities respectively in five states to tilt the Electoral College. (Any three or four would probably have been sufficient.) It appears to me that they are trying to position themselves and the election machinery of this nation (which is supposed to be controlled at a very local level, by partisan struggle and balance to remain locally honest and transparent) to ensure They Win Forever.
(Note: I do not believe that all rank-and-file Democratic voters are individually corrupt. But I would implore any thinking Democrat to scrutinize their local and national parties very, very carefully.)
It has been well-reported on just how much Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other ‘Big Tech’ suppress search results unfavorable to The Enemy, censor any discussion or mention of this, and additionally censor any ‘social media’ discussion of Trump in particular, but anything unfavorable or threatening to The Enemy in general. Moreover, this censorship had the additional effect of preventing people who were not all ‘gung-ho’ for The Enemy and its propaganda to even find each other in the first place.
The descriptions in the mass media about the “mostly peaceful demonstrations” in major American cities that were in reality riots, arson, looting, and bodily assault are yet another facet of The Big Lie. The worse gaslighting is when “Defund The Police” and similar propaganda is used to make it impossible for the legitimate local authorities to respond appropriately to riots, looting, arson, and assault.
And when a young man, at the invitation of his friend, comes to stand in the breach – to take up his role as part of the legally constituted “unorganized militia” when civil order was breaking down – when he is forced in self-defense to commit the most awful acts – all the jackals can do is throw mud at him and try to get even the right of self-defense annulled.
Kyle Rittenhouse got effectively and maliciously Convicted and Condemned To Die in the Court of Public Opinion (at least that’s part of The Big Lie), but legally he received exactly what he deserved.
So did the three people he shot.
Above I said I think that The Enemy has reached the climax of its effort to try to overthrow this nation. So far, it has not (mostly) been by overt violence.
But I see things like vaccine mandates as de-facto work permits. I see people who want to work who can’t, and people who we need working, not doing so, all because The Enemy wants to exert that last bit of control. This cannot end well.
We have to acknowledge the truth – COVID is not a pandemic anymore – it’s endemic, like the flu or the common cold. (Fun Fact – some percentage of “common colds” are already caused by coronaviruses. Check it out……) We’ll get vaccinated (if we can, if we want – just like the flu), some people will get sick, and a few of them will die.
But dying of the flu sucks, too, and dying of cancer because medical treatment was deferred or rationed or … “””because””” of Covid sucks even worse. And dying of a breakdown in the supply chain or of social order in general “””because””” of Covid Restrictions not only sucks the very worst, but is totally unnecessary.
It’s time to put Covid behind us. And any attempt to set a New Normal with mandatory masking or social distancing, or forced jabs –
my only answer must be – Fuck All That Shit Sideways. Forever.
By the way – I am fully vaccinated – because I thought it was a good idea. I have good friends who wouldn’t get vaccinated, and I fully supported them, even when they got sick (ouch!) and then better (fortunately). I wear face masks when I believe I am an explicit medical threat to others (like when I was just getting over my common cold the last week or so), or at the request of a personal friend who knows my reluctance but provides me convincing reasons (like the friend of nearly 40 years whom I hadn’t seen in almost 30, who is immune-compromised from cancer treatments). But I made and will continue to make these decisions for myself. And any of you little wannabe Marxists who want to make me do or not do something in particular “””for Covid””” can Fuck Right Off.
AND I am armed and (to the wrong people) dangerous. You Have Been Warned.
I expect saying this may cause me to lose some friends on various social media. It may well lose me some real-life friends, too, and foreclose me from some social opportunities that I’ve been trying to get into. Oh well.
And for those of you, who thought you knew me well yet were surprised with this, and are now shocked or dismayed at ‘what you think I’ve turned into’ (especially my family members and closest friends) –
Consider this. Were you shocked or dismayed with me four or eight months ago? Or five or six years ago? Because I assure you I have felt these ways and believed these things for at least that long. And you were willing to be friends with me – then, and presumably still, up until you read this post.
I’m not going to push these beliefs into anybody’s face. I’ll answer questions if asked, but I probably won’t bring any of these topics up again initially. You do you – let me do me. I just wanted people to really understand a bit better who I really am.
‘Cause sometimes we don’t really notice
Just how good it can get
So maybe we should start all over
Start all over, again“Someday“