I’m pausing the “Our job” series to talk about what’s going on now, which is so bad it might become good.
When you thought about your line in the sand I’ll bet you never thought about this.
I bet you thought about gun confiscation or internment camps or invasion by blue-helmeted “peacekeepers.” Maybe you believed your line in the sand would be reached if your religion was outlawed or your son or daughter was drafted to fight in one of the empire’s future foreign wars. Your personal line in the sand could be any one, or two, or three of a million acts of government overreach.
But who thought of this?
I’ve asked around and nobody I’ve spoken with has said, “I thought I’d reach my line in the sand when the government ordered millions to submit to an inoculation — or else lose their jobs and potentially starve.”
That it’s an ineffective treatment unworthy of the appellation “vaccine,” and the most dangerous pseudo-vaccine ever produced only make the current moment more surreal. That the orders disregard all issues of freedom, conscience, epidemiology, law, common sense, and science … yeah, that’s surreal, too. All that contributes to the line-in-sand. But the deep, universal issue, so defiantly expressed by protestors is “my body, my choice.”
Even you freedomista readers who chose to be vaxxed know that. Informed choice? Fine. Force and threat? No.
We the People have put up with a lot from the federal government. At times it’s looked as if we’d put up with anything, forever.
But when it comes to telling us, “Submit to having an experimental chemical injected into your body or lose your job …” well, I think TPTB would be shocked, if they were paying attention, at how many millions answer with a big, “Let’s go, Brandon.” Or its less polite original.
The layoffs/suspensions still go on, even as a few companies and agencies give up trying to enforce self-destruction, even as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals steps in with a no-nonsense judgment. And the defiance goes on, too.
Millions are willing to give up their livelihoods. Willing to put their futures and their families at risk. They have reached their lines in the sand.
Who are these people?
As the final scene from V for Vendetta implies, they are all of us.
Yet, most of them are not US — that is, not we the fringe-oids, not we the habitual outsiders, not we the radicals, not we the wingnuts, not we the freedomistas who’ve been observing with dread, waving our arms and shouting our Cassandra warnings, and literally expecting to reach our line in the sand.
Oh, no doubt some resisters are as determinedly libertarian as thee and me. But not all the millions now risking everything to defy a totalitarian mandate are “us.” If they were “us” in the sense of being diehard freedomistas, we’d have had a lot more freedom, a long time ago.
By ourselves, we’ve rarely ever been more than a curiosity, an annoyance, or one aspect of the vast, mostly imaginary “domestic terrorist” bogeyman.
Millions are just ordinary people who’ve had enough. Who will go no farther. And who are willing to risk all.
And that’s big.
It’s hard to say how big. But big.
Add to these newly bold resisters the newly awakened parents who are fighting school boards and pulling their children out of government schools and … we have a movement.
For the first time in most of our lives, we are not alone in resisting tyranny.
This state we’re in is obviously horrible. We are governed by madmen — or if you’d prefer, by religious zealots (their religion being government power) who can’t see beyond their dogma. Or we’re ruled by ancien regime aristos who speak only to other aristos and confidently believe the peasants can always be ordered. (Sarah Hoyt has some encouraging things to say about our disorderliness.)
Whatever. It’s dire.
A stupid, venal, corrupt, and now senile president lectures us as if he were supervising five-year-olds. An energy secretary shrugs, laughs, and says she can’t do anything about energy. A transportation secretary takes endless leave during the biggest supply line crisis ever, returning briefly to give another helpless shrug and say we’ll just have to live with things as they are. A nutty fan of the old Soviet Union is nominated to regulate banks. People with no clinical experience or credibility claim authority over our health. A woman who qualifies for office solely by virtue of her sex and combo of races brays, giggles, over-acts, and expounds on global issues with all the wisdom of a contestant in a minor beauty pageant. Various apparatchiks tell us first that inflation is temporary, then that it’s good for us, then that it’s our fault because we buy too much, and always that it’s not really a big deal because of course all the right people can afford to pay more for food and fuel. The peasants (and their children) wear masks and serve the elite, who party on … and on … and on.
But the real masks — the blinders people have been wearing over their eyes all these years — are being stripped away.
We see …
We’re being ordered about by totalitarians.
And the totalitarians are bloody eejits.
What will happen in the longer run?
If the Nazgul allow the ruling of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to stand and both THE mandate and many smaller mandates disappear, we may watch most of those marvelously defiant workers plod back to their jobs.
If the currently roused parents win a few school board victories and a few more states crack down on nutty teachings and nutty policies, those folks too may relax and return to relative docility.
If a few loons are thrown out of Congress in the next federal elections and the loon puppet-in-chief leaves office eventually, along with his looney-toon subordinates, to be replaced by someone blessedly sane, we may experience a national sigh of relief. Ah, blessed normalcy again!
Any real awakening by We the People will die.
But. But …
Maybe it won’t happen that way. Or maybe it will mostly happen that way. Except that a few of the millions of the unwanted unvaxxed won’t go back to work, a few million of the aroused parents will either keep on agitating or feed burgeoning movements of homeschooling, unschooling, or (at least) intelligent local control of education.
Those who were not previously freedomista “us,” become US.
Or perhaps, as seem likely, the current mad, incompetent, uncaring denizens of high office and corporate control will break the country, break the world, break what’s left of the fiat money systems, break all the old institutions even more than they’re already broken. But instead of their much-desired Great Reset or Build Back Better, they will get … US.
We the People in all our ungovernable glory.