“Nothing is more frightful than ignorance in action.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe~
I haven’t written anything for awhile because, quite honestly, I just haven’t felt like it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been paying attention to what’s been happening – close attention – but just haven’t felt inspired to write; I feel like nothing I say is going to change the final outcome, so why bother? However, this morning I watched a video that shocked me to my core, and it got the gears going again, and here I am pestering you once more with my thoughts.
I hate to burst anyone’s bubble, (actually I don’t), but life isn’t easy; it isn’t a Hollywood picture show where good always prevails and the good guy rides off into the sunset with the girl. Life can be dark, it can be ugly, and it can be brutal; and I think we are heading into a period of darkness in this country that many people aren’t emotionally prepared for, or equipped to handle.
The video that broke my silence shows a Black Lives Matter protester grabbing a woman’s dog and then begins swinging it by the leash; using it as a weapon against the woman she took the dog from. All I could think of after having the image of that dog being abused like that was; what kind of subhuman savage would do something like that to a poor defenseless animal?
In the film V For Vendetta, there is a scene when the protagonist V says, “Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.” While that is true I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that people don’t care about the truth in this country; or at least hear any words that threaten the fragile truths that form their beliefs.
If I were to ask you what sets man apart from the creatures on this planet, what would be your answer? I think what sets man apart from the animals, (aside from the fact that God gave them to us to have dominion over), is the fact that we are endowed with the ability to think, to use reason and logic, and the ability to examine facts and form opinions based upon them. If we can’t do that, or if we refuse to do it, then truthfully, we’re no better than the animals.
It is our ability to think, to use logic, to believe that all mankind have certain rights that should be protected that sets us above the animals and controls our baser instincts. I hate to bring movie plots into a serious discussion of what is currently happening in America, but the film The Purge has been the subject of much thought lately.
In the movie, to preserve peace, those in power decide that, for one night a year, the people would be free to commit whatever crimes they want; to get that violence out of their system so that, for the remainder of the year, they would be better able to act in a peaceable manner as members of society.
What I see happening in this country is akin to that in that some people are just out there committing all manner of offenses without any consequences whatsoever; all under the guise of protesting against police brutality; which has morphed into a protest about systemic abuse of blacks by all white people – making white people, and all they hold dear targets for violence and aggression.
I’m all for protesting against the abuse of power by, not only the police, but government in general. But there is a difference between what is currently going on and protesting…a big difference. How does looting address the issue of police brutality? How does burning down a Wendy’s (where a case of supposed police brutality took place) address the issue? How does tearing down or defacing monuments, desecrating graves, and assaulting people who had nothing to do with this police brutality address the issue?
While I continue to believe that the tensions that have led to this are real, I also believe that there are forces behind the scenes that are using these tensions; pouring gas on them if you will, to further their agendas. What those agendas may be I’ll leave up to you to decide. I’ve always had such suspicions, which were confirmed when pallet size stacks of bricks miraculously appeared overnight at the scenes of the initial riots after George Floyd’s death.
Spanish novelist George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” What I see happening in this country is quite similar to what happened in Russia in the early 20th century with the Bolshevik Revolution which placed Vladimir Lenin into power; thereby creating the Soviet Union.
During this period in Russian History there was something known as the Red Terror where upwards of 1.3 million were executed for one reason or another. Martin Latsis, who was head of the Cheka, (an early form of Soviet Secret Police), wrote, “We are not fighting against single individuals. We are exterminating the bourgeoisie as a class. Do not look in the file of incriminating evidence to see whether or not the accused rose up against the Soviets with arms or words. Ask him instead to which class he belongs, what is his background, his education, his profession. These are the questions that will determine the fate of the accused. That is the meaning and essence of the Red Terror.”
What basically happened was that anyone who held to the old ways, old beliefs, was targeted as an enemy of the State and either sent off to the Gulags, or executed. I see the same thing happening here in America right before my eyes, and I feel powerless to prevent it.
The same economic hardships which led to the initial protests in Russia are similar to the economic hardships felt by Americans due to the lockdowns and social distancing guidelines enacted due to the Covid virus. On top of all that we have generation after generation who have been indoctrinated into socialist beliefs by the public fool system; ignoring the fact that socialism always fails. All it took was for someone to strike a match to this powder keg, and then we have the beginnings of an uprising that could very well mean the end of our republic based upon the concept of individual liberty.
In the initial phases of the Bolshevik Revolution the military was ordered to quell the rioting; whether it was something they either could not effectively do, or something they refused to do is of little concern. What is of concern is the similarity between what happened in Russia back then and what is happening in America right now.
Right now we are seeing the police basically standing down; giving protesters, rioters and looters a free pass to commit whatever crimes they want. Could it be due to the fact that they are fearful of making things worse? Possibly, but regardless of that fact, these protests, riots, and destruction of public property are going on pretty much unopposed by the power structure; almost as if they want it to continue.
Then, to make matters worse, we are seeing instances of individuals seeking to defend themselves, or their property, being charged with crimes for doing so. Recently a couple in Missouri saw the gate to their property broken down and protesters began harassing them on their property. This couple, the McCloskey’s, were arrested by authorities for brandishing a firearm on their own property; which according to State Law, is not a crime in Missouri.
Even if it were, that law would be a violation of Natural Law, as explained by Samuel Adams, “Among the Natural Rights of the Colonists are these First. a Right to Life; Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to support and defend them in the best manner they can–Those are evident Branches of, rather than deductions from the Duty of Self Preservation, commonly called the first Law of Nature.”
If a person loses the right to defend themselves or their property, what recourse do they have against common criminals and tyrants? Yet here we see an example of an overzealous, or politically motivated official, seeking to ‘make an example’ of the McCloskeys; who were only defending their property against intruders.
Then there is the case of Jillian Wuestenberg of Michigan who was confronted by 3 angry black women when she supposedly bumped into one of them while exiting a Chipotles. An argument ensued, and when the McCloskeys tried to peacefully leave the mother attempted to block their exit by standing behind, and pounding upon the vehicle. Both of the victims in this confrontation were registered CCW carriers, and when the mother attempted to block their exit Jillian exited the vehicle and drew her weapon telling the woman to get out of her way. She has also been accused of a crime.
If people cannot defend themselves, or their property, then we are basically in a constant stage of turmoil and danger; a real life Purge in which those on the side of whatever is politically correct at the moment is allowed to do to further their cause.
I’m not saying all black people support what is happening, but nevertheless the motive behind it is based upon supposed systemic racism against blacks…at least that is what they are saying. They see whites, and everything the whites stand for, as their enemies; and nobody will be safe if this movement grows into a nationwide conflagration.
All this could have been avoided had we been taught the truth in school, if our parents and their parents had been taught that same truth. People aren’t taught the reasons why government exist; not to provide them with things, but to stay the hell out of the people’s way and let them seek success through hard work; while protecting their rights and liberty. People aren’t taught the truth about the Civil War either; being taught that it was fought to end slavery; turning it from a war for independence into a war against the institution of slavery.
Since people have not been taught the truth, they fall for the lies and become unhappy, discontented, when they don’t get their slice of the American Dream; meaning riches and success. This leads to either class or race warfare; one of which we are witnessing now.
The unfortunate thing is, those who are behind all this think that socialism is the cure all for all that ails this country. Once again, their ignorance of history blinds them to the truth that socialism never succeeds in elevating the people out of poverty; it lowers everyone into it, while elevating those in power above them. The rich and well connected never suffered under the Soviet regime; it was always the common people who suffered. It’s the same in Venezuela right now; those in power are doing just fine, while it is the people who suffer.
I honestly don’t know if there is any light at the end of the tunnel, or if we’ve placed ourselves into a situation where we must, as Winston Churchill said, “You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” That is why I began this by saying that I don’t think people realize the dark days that lie ahead in their future, or if they are emotionally prepared for them. Prepared or not, they are coming; and maybe vindication may be my only reward, as I have failed miserably at waking enough people up to prevent it from coming.
I do know one thing though. If an all out race war does come to this country, whatever the outcome may be, I know that Thomas Jefferson predicted it. In his Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XIV Jefferson wrote, “It will probably be asked, Why not retain and incorporate the blacks into the state, and thus save the expense of supplying, by importation of white settlers, the vacancies they will leave? Deep rooted prejudices entertained by the whites; ten thousand recollections, by the blacks, of the injuries they have sustained; new provocations; the real distinctions which nature has made; and many other circumstances, will divide us into parties, and produce convulsions which will probably never end but in the extermination of the one or the other race.”
I fear it’s coming to this country folks; all it will take is for some hothead to pull the trigger to start it. The truth, facts, they don’t matter anymore. All that matters is how people feel; they are running on pure passion and emotions; making them nothing better than the beasts of the wild.