When you look at the waves of uncivil discussion and over-the-top hyperbole and discourse (online and elsewhere), one has to wonder how is it that we all manage to keep it all together?
The answer is actually very simple: continuity of the actively enforced rule of law, and the non-breaking food & water supply chain. As long as people are assured that they can get their basic needs met (and that includes the SECURITY that they won't be taken away), then all is well in the world.
But, remove those first two levels of the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs pyramid, and you have sucker punched the first world, sending it back in line with the third, and further.
Your saintly neighbor, the one who bakes those nice pies for you during the holidays, won't have any compunction to slice your throat if it makes the difference between starvation and feeding their kids should the sh*t hit the fan (SHTF) and/or the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI).
Here is what is REALLY bothering me today: this online article from Red State which essentially concludes that the ends justifies the means, ESPECIALLY IF THE OTHER SIDE DOES IT.
So I join with Dr. Fish in affirming that “fairness” is for suckers and that our first loyalty is to our allies.
Many moons ago, the inestimable Thomas Crown wrote
Should the entire American Left fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.
That is my philosophy moving forward from today.
Really? Are we actually going to go down that road of honest-to-God lawbreaking (not peaceful civil disobedience which is done out in the open for all of the world to see) in order to win the next election cycle?
For the record, I am very uneasy with this. No, strike that. I am not willing to go down that path to the Dark Side.
I will not apologize for pointing out evil, double standards, bad behavior, and other forms of insanity from the other side of the aisle, but I will always do it in a civil manner. I'll avoid the personal attack, and I won't sully my name in the tactics of my political opponents.
For me, the trick is to engage the other side, if not the scant undecided, and convince them of the rightness of our argument, and not just snark them on the wrongness of theirs.
This really matters. This is what is going to make the difference between turning the car around while there is still some road left in which to do so, or watching it drive off into the abyss (the Left will do it at 88 mph, while the Ruling Class Right will do at 55 mph).
We have to actively enforce the election laws on the books. We need to be smart and agile enough to make common sense corrections as needed to ensure that the innocent does not get short sheeted on their Constitutional rights. And we absolutely must remain vigilant of foul play from our side, lest we lose the moral high ground.
To borrow a metaphor I once heard on the Mark Davis Show, if you open up a can a Coke, and you see a rotted fish head in it, I assure you, it will be a LONG time, if ever, before you'll want to drink a Coke again.
An aside: if the GOP fails to govern like they advertise in their coming fall campaign, they can be assured that they are finished as a political party, and not just because their brand will be ruined. The Democrats will stack the Supreme Court deck with like minded associates that will make the extinction of their political rivals that much easier to fulfill.
There is a storm coming. And pretty soon, there will be no bystanders, and no civilians, especially if both sides of the political aisle engage in mutually assured destruction just to win elections.
It still spells MAD to me.