Once upon a time, when I still thought people were reasonable and convincible, I used to spend a lot of time on my fave site Ordinary-Times.com trying to patiently explain to liberals how scary and threatening some of their behavior appeared to everyday folks like me in the hopes that I could somehow help to encourage détente. Because I understood that a whole lot of conservatives just wanted to go about their lives and mind their beeswax, and were perfectly willing to let others do the same, but that was awfully hard to do considering the levels of hostility and even outright aggression that seemed to be coming from liberals.
This mostly fell on deaf ears which has brought us to where we are today, on the brink of a civil war, just like I predicted it would.
Somewhere along the way, I said the following:
Cornered snakes bite.
One of the things that people assume about me is that because I point out some stuff that’s going on on the left, that I never have problems with anything people on the right are doing. And that, of course, is complete nonsense. I often complain about the stuff people on the right are doing here in my blog, I just don’t do it on Ordinary-Times.com for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that I have a limited amount of time and there are already enough people on Ordinary-Times.com doing exactly that. I literally cannot write about every subject I’d like to write about, there just aren’t enough hours in the day and most of you think I write too much as it is, so why would I not simply let people who want to do it, do it instead of me?
The reason I blather on about the stuff on the left so much is because so many otherwise smart and awesome people are willfully ignoring it, and for too long conservatives just tried to pretend it was all going to go away while we were busy doing other things. But while we were living our lives, the Woke Fascist doctrine has been embraced by the media, the corporations, tech industries, the educational system, and virtually every too-powerful American institution that there is. Seriously, regardless of your personal politics, we ALL should have some very grave concerns about this development of what is tantamount to a religious movement being in bed with so many American institutions, and I find it incredibly concerning that people who should have those concerns, don’t.
Here and now, I feel my limited energies are best suited by focusing my energies on the Woke Fascist elephant in the room, no matter how much some of you would prefer to ignore its existence.
None of that means that I ever think that the right is above reproach. Far from it. There are some gross and problematic people on the right, just like there are gross and problematic people in every dogma. Gross and problematic people are not rare, but fortunately, the grossest and most problematic people in any given dogma do not necessarily represent widely held beliefs regardless of how many “news stories” “journalists” “write” where they take a tweet from a freak with six followers and act like it’s some sort of a trend. No, when it comes to fascism, it’s the fascism of the powerful we should be concerned about rather than the action of a couple Internet cranks.
Thus, when people take me to task for pointing out Woke Fascism, and assume that because they can come up with some example of a lone wolf whack job that did something evil and terrifying that they’ve negated my argument, they’re entirely full of shit. Like I’ve said in the past, the difference between conservatives and liberals is that both of them have some fucked up and troubled people in their ranks because fucked up and troubled people abound. But the conservative ones are mostly outside the mainstream while the liberals allow these people to rise to positions of prominence in their movement – you can tell by the blue check marks by so many of their names.
All that having been said, ideas…even ideas that come from gross and problematic people…have a way of being contagious. Some wacky norm-destroying notion…say, I don’t know, getting rid of the electoral college, or packing the Supreme Court, for example…appears on the fringe, and then it enters the mainstream, even infiltrating to the intellectuals, the leaders, the people who are supposed to hold themselves to a higher standard. We’ve certainly seen that happen again and again in the past. (Personally I think this phenomenon dates back at least until the Clinton administration, but hey, let’s just do something we all can agree upon and call it the past four years.)
Beyond that, even non-gross and non-problematic people do have the undeniable tendency to get caught up in moments, and once the mob mentality takes over, independent thought evaporates. Thus there’s wisdom to be had in making a stand whenever you see something that just cannot be allowed, even when you kind of understand the reasons why people might have gotten caught up in something they didn’t especially think through. Because ideas spread even better than coronavirus does, and they aren’t killed by disposable wipes.
The last couple days it’s been a thing for Trump supporters to show up to Biden rallies and heckle them. While I don’t think this is at all necessary, and in pretty much any other set of circumstances I’d call it enormously bad form, I’ll admit that after seeing many major media organizations celebrate things like armies of Tik Tok teenagers requesting tickets to Trump rallies to prevent people who wanted to go from being there, and protestors surrounding people just trying to eat a meal in a restaurant or get some sleep before work the next day and screaming into their faces or their windows, and censorship of media organizations and journalists for running stories unfavorable to Biden whilst having spent years running any rumor about Donald Trump a homeless man outside CNN muttered, it felt a little bit to me like turnabout is fair play. Like this time maybe it’s the Right who gets to indulge in one of the raw displays of cultural power the Left constantly trucks in.
Because that’s what it is. These things are meant as a display of power, that’s why the left engages in these practices and why the leftist media celebrates them, to remind conservatives how little power they have in the Culture War. These acts are acts of aggression, meant to cow and intimidate, let there be no mistake. Alinsky’s First Rule of Radicals, people.
Well, speaking of trucks, this happened:
Come on guys, that’s no good. That is not badass, that is just bad, ass.
That’s not the way politics (even the bare knuckle brawling “Look Fat” type politics both Trump and Biden excel at) is meant to work. You just can’t DO stuff like chase your political opponents on the FUCKING FREEWAY. ARE YOU EVEN KIDDING ME WITH THAT? You think the leftists are shattering norms? Well, they certainly are, but you can’t deny that surrounding a campaign bus on a public road is shattering norms too.
Can you imagine what would have happened if one little thing went wrong with your little convoy there (aside from the liberal’s white car veering into the pickup, either accidentally or in my opinion, accidentally on purpose?) There could have been a horrible accident, people could easily have been killed, and for what? Dunking on the libs? Even setting aside issues of right and wrong and looking at it from a purely political PR perspective, do you think that would have played well in Peoria if a bunch of “crazed Trumpists” caused a multi-car pileup?
It wouldn’t have. It simply gives fodder for those who would try to bring us to heel. And while I understand that even if they didn’t have fodder, they would simply have manufactured some in Fake News Labs, surely we don’t have to play into their hands by actually doing shitty stuff to people. Make em spin their lies, don’t willingly offer up examples of the flights of fantasy the cosplayers on the left love to engage in.
Don’t sink to their level, because this IS their level. They’re the aggressors. They’re the ones destroying our country and shattering the peace. Not us.
I mean, what would have happened if the bus had been forced to stop by traffic or a flat tire or even one of those fringe whack jobs we were talking about earlier? Y’all gonna pull someone out of the bus and threaten them? Make them kneel on the freeway like Black Lives Matter did and swear a vow of fealty? Reminder, it was DISGUSTING that BLM did that. It was DISGUSTING that the media celebrated it. It TERRIFIED me seeing that happening and watching as the Democratic leadership shrugged not only said nothing, but also bent their knees. How DARE YOU, Texas conservatives, mimic the Woke Fascist’s shitty, awful behavior in my name? Using threats of violence to intimidate your political opponents is the act of power-drunk totalitarian pigs and NOT conservatives who believe in the rule of law.
That is NOT the type of people we want to be. It’s not the type of people we ARE.
Look, I get it, ok? I have written about it in the past, how the liberals keep pushing their agenda forward, even as the conservatives have tried to meet them part of the way. I know that it feels like all we have done is retreat and retreat and retreat and yet somehow still get called the aggressor by the lying and deceiving Democrats and their media lapdogs. I have written about how scary it is for so many of us the sentiments coming from not only rank and file liberals, but from powerful people who have real control over our lives and livelihoods. I understand how tempting it is to respond to violence in the streets, to harassment and intimidation in kind.
I really want my compatriots to understand that it is NOT that I don’t understand. I do understand, boy howdy do I ever.
This has been a long month.
But someone has to be the adults here. If we can’t push back on Woke Fascism without engaging in this type of shit, then we’ve already lost, because if conservatives don’t maintain our full commitment to the rule of law at all times, there are two possible outcomes of this Civil War we have coming at us, and neither of them is good.
Either the Woke Fascists win (and we simply make that easier for them by helping to erode the rule of law and the norms of civilized behavior), or we win, and because we are no longer dedicated to the rule of law and the norms of civilized behavior, we become the monster under the bed. Neither of these things is a desirable outcome for our country, for liberty, for the American way of life…which I know, conservative pals, that you love and value just like I do.
Protect it. Maintain it, in your thoughts and in your deeds. Even when it isn’t easy.
Now, a shout out to the liberals who probably think this is a pretty great essay right about now.
Again, I say, cornered snakes bite.
The reasonable people among us (kristin waves at like 3 other people) can appeal to the better angels of everyone’s nature only so far. If a person has turned every cheek in their body and not only gotten slapped, but gotten a Molotov cocktail that is then somehow called “free speech” thrown at them, at some point, that better angel goes back to heaven, abandoning us in hell on earth. Liberals, if you well and truly think that conservatives are fascist gun-toting whack jobs with hair triggers and a sinister agenda, my advice is to quit poking them with a stick, you fucking morons.
Up until now I have been stunned, wowed, and amazed by the level of self-control conservatives have engaged in, in the face of some major provocation. Kudos, guys, kudos. I’m proud of us. But even I have started to feel pretty fed up of late, and I am, contrary to popular belief, very far from a hothead. I know that a good number of my con chums have got to feel way more fed up than me, and are also hotter-of-head. Again, truly, you have done so, so very well keeping the darker instincts that all human beings have within us, in check.
But cornered snakes bite, and so I call upon liberals to grow some self-awareness and self-control, stat, even though I know this call is pointless and many of you are completely incapable of it. Because as I keep trying to express to you, every way I know how, you’re not going to like the world you’re creating, and I don’t just mean by lovingly nurturing that adorable baby gorilla, which is now a surly teen gorilla, called Woke Fascism with HGH, testosterone, and radioactive waste because it’s only going to get bigger.
No. You’re not going to like the world you create when the sleeping conservative basilisk (even though technically a basilisk is a kind of lizard, those of you who read Harry Potter growing up, which is apparently all liberals until you cancelled JK Rowling for Badthink, know that a basilisk is ACHTUALLY a really big snake) that you have spent the past 30 some-odd years dancing around, mocking incessantly, throwing spitballs, then water balloons, then flaming bags of dog shit, then frozen water bottles, and now, finally, Molotov cocktails at, wakes up.
No step on snek, seriously.
I couldn’t stop a basilisk even if I wanted to, and the funny thing is, after four years of being treated pretty shabbily by some liberals (not all, some of you are quite lovely and I joyfully and hopefully in perpetuity count you as dear friends) I repeatedly tried to reach out to and find common ground with, I’m not even sure I want to. I am about the most reasonable conservative person you’re ever going to find, libs, and you’re losing even ME. By “you”, I of course mean, the notion that there is a peaceful resolution to any of this mess we’re in, and not “you” personally, because I know you personally don’t care about losing me even a little.
But losing my vision of that peaceful resolution is a loss, whether you realize it or not, Woke Fascists. You may have this fantasy of how you’re going to win and it will be easy like flying into the big alien ship and destroying the queen, and all the conservatives will poof into dust. Then everything will cheer from happy happy joy joy and people like me will crawl back into Middle America and continue providing you, the glorious citizens of Panem, my rulers, my betters, with food and other consumer goods.
But you see, the thing is, when you unleash a giant monster, like a radioactive fascist gorilla on steroids, for example, the only thing that can fight it is unleashing another giant monster, like a basilisk that really just mostly wanted to drink beer on the weekends and watch some football, but you couldn’t even let it do that, you had to fucking get in the basilisk’s program on everything all the time and wage your stupid Culture War in every walk of American life regardless of the consequences.
And cornered snakes bite.
3 thoughts on “cornered snakes bite”
One of the exchanges that illuminated things for me was discussing back in 2017ish about what compromises might be made.
The counter-argument was something to the effect of “why should *I* have to compromise? He’s the one that sucks!”
So no compromise, then. And a performative rejection of compromise in theory.
That’ll make the next time everybody goes to the table to work out a deal unpleasant. “They won’t compromise with us!”, I can already imagine hearing.
Mostly off-topic, but a little on topic: I’ve been having a lot of reservations about BLM ever since the riots. I realize I can’t/shouldn’t blame the whole “movement” (by the way, I really, really dislike the word “movement” here, but I’m not sure what a better word would be) because only a few BLM supporters happen to endorse the rioting. (At the same time, I know one person who insists white people like me cannot judge the rioting.) But I guess I do blame the movement, at least on an emotional level. I really resent the tendency of my local business to start sporting BLM slogans in what, to me, is more of an attempt to say, “okay, we’ll do what you tell us, just don’t rob us or burn us down,” a move that while understandable, strikes me as revealing an ugly underside of the movement, even if I know on an intellectual level that’s not what the movement for the most part is about. I hadn’t heard about forcing people to kneel, but I’ve also kind of been living under a rock, so no surprise that I haven’t.
On a less tangential note, I’ll say that you know I’m voting very differently from you, that my hoped-for outcome is different from yours, that I have different policy preferences from yours, and that I probably discern what is and isn’t fascism differently from how you do–But I do share your wish that we all choose not to go down the road of civil war, etc.
I agree completely. The snakes are being corralled now, and something really bad is about to happen. I don’t know what.
Perhaps the snakes are going to be converted into good little leftists. I doubt it.
Perhaps the extreme snakes will make fools of themselves by striking back and cause the rest of the snakes to pretend to be good little leftists. Maybe.
Perhaps the great middle will see through this and force the left to leave the poor snakes alone. Maybe.
Perhaps the snakes will just start biting.
It is crystal clear that most of the people on OT want to see the snakes cornered. They are going to get what they want, or think they want. Whatever comes though, they will blame the snakes.