Depressing Or Uplifting?

     Once in a great while, and usually through the assistance of another blogger – usually Gerard Van der Leun — I’ll stumble on a piece that “splits the uprights.” This is one such: a tirade that ruptures the categories and makes the reader ask himself, “What now? Do I unpack the Barrett .50 and the emergency box of Oreo DoubleStufs, or do I undress, fill the tub with warm water, and grab a fresh razor blade?”

     The whole thing is worthy of your reading time and consideration, but Gerard excerpts the Sunday punch, which I shall reproduce here:

     “These people are playing with matches… I don’t think they understand the scope and scale of the wildfire they are flirting with. They are fucking around with a civil war that could last a decade and cause millions of deaths… and the sad truth is that 95% of the problems we have in this country could be solved tomorrow, by noon… simply by dragging 100 people out in the street and shooting them in the fucking head.”

     Of course it was that which got my immediate attention. The utterer, according to the proprietor of Taxicab Depressions, is a former Marine who’s “obviously thought about this to some degree already.” While he doesn’t provide a list of names for to Madame De Farge to knit into her vengeance shawl, I find “Mr. Wheeler’s” thesis appealing. There are surely more than 100 people involved in the ongoing tyrannization of this once-free country, but were we to string up the most prominent hundred, the majority of the rest would choose to retire to some remote locale.

     Uplifting…because it would be so cheap and simple. Depressing…because the probability of its implementation is infinitesimally more than zero.

     That’s all for the moment, Gentle Reader. If you haven’t yet set to work on your preparations for the Big Day, here’s the list again:

  • Buy gold and silver, and tell no one that you have it.
  • Fill your pantry to bursting and keep it full.
  • Advance anticipated purchases of clothing. Emphasize practicality.
  • Keep your oil, gasoline, and propane tanks full.
  • Deal in cash, exclusively if possible.
  • Know the leanings of those you do business with.
  • Be armed. Be well armed. Before all else, be armed! (With copious thanks to the spirit of Niccolo de Machiavelli.)

     There is no time.


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    • Dan on April 9, 2022 at 6:48 AM

    The stated number of 100 being that which would solve the problem MIGHT have been accurate 30 years ago.  I now think that number realistically would be several thousand.  Aside from that….he’s not wrong.

    • MSG Grumpy on April 9, 2022 at 7:54 AM

    Dan, while I agree with the higher estimate…
    I also believe that 100 is a good start, and that not getting started is Worse than not saying the higher number.
    FWP, Agree on your list, but there is one very bad omission from that list that is related to:
    “Be armed”

    Because unless you enjoy clubbing, please add the reminder of:
    Get More Ammo, and when you have enough, realize that you can/should/must have more Ammo to feed the hungry sticks that speak Liberty.

    MSG Grumpy

    • Steve Walton on April 9, 2022 at 10:09 AM

    @MSG Grumpy: yes, get more ammo, but let us not forget the time-honored way of waging a revolution (which is strangely akin to making a sourdough bread starter):

    Pick up a rock, and hit a guy who has a club. Use the club to hit a guy with a knife. Use the knife to stab a person with a handgun. Use his handgun to get a deer rifle. Use the deer rifle to get an automatic weapon. Use the automatic weapon to get an antitank missile. And so on up the chain until you use your army and air force to get a nation back.

    All it takes is motivation and a strategy, and the willpower to see it through.

    Note that this strategy applies to all weapons, including economic and cultural ones.

  1. Depressing because the link was published in 2014 and there is no easier end in sight.

    • George Mckay on April 9, 2022 at 8:33 PM

    I worked for a large electronics company and started in 1973.  Upon my hiring we had to watch a video featuring a retired admiral explaining what he felt were the problems and solutions of the day.

    His concluding argument was line all the lawyers up against the wall and shoot em – all of em!  I was shocked but, this guy was the smartest guy I had ever heard.   I was 20 years old and full of myself.

    We could all learn from this admiral.

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