In 2003 Iraq, myself and a few other Marines were settling down on our cots on a rooftop in the town of al Aziziyah. Musing about the happenings of the day as we rested in a pool of our own sweat, we heard a commotion below followed by one of our buddies walking up to his cot steaming about the fight he almost got in with a fellow Marine. Perhaps our minds were warped by the heat or we were just really bored, but instead of talk our buddy down we started joking about how the other Marine, who was quite goofy, punked him out and he was probably downstairs bragging about it right now. A few minutes later, our buddy then said he forgot something and was heading back down, where sure enough we heard the commotion of another fight and we just laughed. We were then joined by our friend who had a small mark on his face, but otherwise was smiling and we all laughed it off together. Whatever, its grunt stuff and fights happen. But let’s talk about all the Patriots out there who goaded the Oregon “militiamen” into a fight and then abandoned them at Malheur.
Not a Fan
If you peruse my previous writings on the matter, you will realize that I am not a fan of what those guys tried to pull off in Oregon. I made it clear that they had zero legitimacy to claim that they were speaking on behalf of the American people, because when they appealed to the American people for support they got a bunch dildos instead. The screaming fat man from the video who I lovably named, General Twinkies McHoHo doesn’t seem like the kind of cool customer I’d like to go to combat with and perhaps despite all the YouTube videos watched, they were tactically in over their heads. I’ll take a pass on this revolution thank you very much but at least my words wouldn’t have led you to believe anything else.
For a few hours, I listened to the Live Stream call that was sent out when the police surrounded the last holdouts this week. And I have to tell you, I actually developed a little compassion for them and not for the reasons you might think. They are all grown adults who own the responsibility for their decisions and not being a fan of their desired revolution, I can stomach their arrest quite easily. I do empathize with certain tenets of their argument as many with a conservative vision do and I appreciate that they were serious about it, just foolish, misguided, and most tragically misled.
But in the call, it became clear that they were truly shocked, dazed, and traumatized that their fellow Patriots were not coming to join them. Honestly, the whole movement from where the guy got mad on video for all the dildos, to the death of Lavoy Finnicum, and down to this last stand these people had the same look on their faces that Braveheart had when he realized Robert the Bruce betrayed him. They really believed the Patriots were coming and you could hear the despair in their voices when they realized it was never going to happen. So I have a simple question for all the people who lit up social media to support this doomed action and attempted to make the rest of us feel guilty and less patriotic for not doing so.
Why Weren’t You There?
As I wrote my fairly harsh criticisms of these people, I would get push back from time to time by fellow Patriots claiming they were making an honorable stand, the Government is to blame, and the time to act is now. However, that line of thought could always be shut down with one simple question, “Then why aren’t you there?” I consider myself to be a “Patriot” as much as anyone, but I wasn’t there because I thought their actions absurd, doomed to fail, and entirely unwarranted. We are all adults and we can just agree to disagree about the stand-off, but if you supported it then why weren’t you there?
Because the screaming fat man yelling “Kill them” and “there are no laws in these United States anymore” was bad, but I’m starting to believe the fat guy above might actually be worse and somewhat to blame. You see, the people in Oregon were shocked and heartbroken that no one showed up because if you spend 20 minutes on conservative social media you would think it is time to raise an Army, cross the Potomac, and march on Washington. Rhetoric matters and if you rattle the crazy cages long enough, don’t be surprised when a few take it too far and cause a federal building to be flooded with firearms, flags, and flopping dildos.
The actions of the people at Malheur were their own, but if you preached armed revolution when you had no intention of joining them then you are no better than me and my Marine buddies goading our friend into a fight. Except the consequences here are devastating to the lives of those who attended. General Twinkies Mc-Ho Ho will spend time in prison and I don’t think they let them have Twinkies or Ho-Hos in that place. Lavoy is dead and apart from this standoff would have likely been a solid contributing Patriotic member of American society for decades to come. These men did not have the support of the American people, but I sure know why they thought so.
A Call to Tone it Down a Notch
I love the 2nd Amendment and I do believe there could come a day where the need to fight for liberty arises. But I’m confident there will be a mass awareness because true “Patriots” come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you have to guilt the American public on YouTube to join the revolution, then you don’t have a revolution but there is likely a bright future ahead of you in the sex toy industry. Calm down your rhetoric to match the actions you are actually willing to take so as not to fool a fool into believing you and the cavalry are coming. In fact, if conservatives continue to operate as the boy who cried tyranny it will actually make it all that much harder to recognize the wolf when it truly gets hungry.
I think it is incredulous of certain elements of the Black Lives Matter movement to use the rhetoric they wield and then act shocked when some nutjob assassinates a cop. Same premise here. If you had no intention of ever joining them at Malheur, then you had no place to goad them into this fight. Words are powerful creatures and when wielded well, they will fight for liberty and when chosen poorly will send foolish men to their demise with your assistance. This is not a call for more action, but wiser words so that we can be as one and at our best when liberty is at its most vulnerable and the time for action becomes self-evident to the masses. Until then how about we all take it down a notch before more otherwise good men are misled and lost. My buddy who fought that evening in Iraq made his own choice and handled himself fine, but I know exactly the words we used to help walk him down that path. At least my example was funny grunt stuff while Malheur was a tragedy for everyone involved. Simmer down and if someone comments on this article but clearly didn’t read it, I want you to tell them “Bea Arthur wants her panties back.” I’m still trying to make that a thing.
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