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.)