ToDaZeD Pendulum Swing?

A story of intellectual growth:

At the time, I was 20 years old, self-righteous and half-erudite (which is worse than being illiterate).

I regarded moral order, beauty, human nature, even truth itself as the impositions of power — specifically white, male, “heteronormative,” colonialist power.

The right thing to do, then, was to question or “subvert” the Western canon and to disrupt the oppressive structures baked into language itself.

Thanks to those kids and their parents, I matured intellectually.

The position that minority children deserve to wallow in classroom disorder or incorrect English is itself downright racist.

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Some thoughts sent to me by a pal for your consideration… Interesting what people send around these daze, eh?

It’s not about coronavirus masks or BLM protests, it’s about 2020 being an election year. Plain & simple.

In 4 months, the U.S. transformed into an obedient socialist country. Government dictated what events are acceptable to attend. Violent protests that instill fear are OK but church services, family funerals and patriotic celebrations are dangerous. And you bought it without a fight.

Standing in a graduation line is a “safety hazard”. Small businesses were forced to close but crowds to support the corporate money machine at WalMart, Lowes and Home Depot are OK.

Come on. It’s “just a mask” & “safety precautions”.

How about a little hush money. Here’s $2,400 that we stole out of your pay check in the first place. Enjoy. Buy something with it. From a big corporation.

Cash is dirty. We can’t give change. There’s a coin shortage. Use your card. In 4 months, they convinced you to use a traceable card for everything.

In less than 4 months, government closed public schools then “restructured” education under the guise of “public safety”. In less than 4 months, our government demonstrated how easily people assimilate to “guidelines” that have NO scientific premise whatsoever when you are fearful.

In less than 4 months, our government successfully instilled fear in a majority of the population in America that allows them to control every aspect of your life. Including what you eat, where you go, who you see and your toilet paper.

And the most dangerous and terrifying part? People are not afraid of the government who removed their freedom. They’re afraid of their neighbors, family and friends.

And they hate those who won’t comply.

It’s absolutely terrifying to me that so many people don’t question “authority”. They are willing to surrender their critical thinking skills and independence. They just… gave up without thinking. Without a fight.

Do you know what’s coming next?
“It’s just a vaccine. Come on. It’s for the greater good”.

Wait until you’re told that you can’t enter any store or business without proof of the Covid-19 vaccine. Wait until you can’t go to public events or get on a plane without proof of receiving the vaccine.

To everyone that doesn’t believe this is possible – DO YOU UNDERSTAND that government successfully dictated to people WHEN they were allowed to be outside, where they were allowed to go, and how their children would be educated in less than 4 months? And that a majority of the population followed blindly because they were told to do so.

You’re kidding yourself if you think this behavior won’t be repeated with a vaccine. Or whatever the next step is.

“I don’t follow politics.”
“Who cares about that stuff?”
“I don’t like to think about it.”
6 million Jews were exterminated in Germany because 97% of the population cowered to populist control. Nobody wanted to think about it. It’s easier to just ignore it.

But that couldn’t happen here, right?

They got you. Without a thought. Without a fight. Just like France. Just like Russia. Just like China. Welcome, comrade.

Show me your COVID papers….
(Certificate of Vaccination Identification Document).


  1. blake
    Posted August 1, 2020 at 11:43 am |

    The biggest disappointment of all of this? The number of ostensibly Republican governors that have freaked out and mandated masks.

    I’m looking at you, Gov. Ducey and Gov. Abbott.

  2. Posted August 1, 2020 at 12:27 pm |

    Ok, aside from an instant violent personal revolution*, just what does the author of the essay suggest we do? Every business in my state has a sign on the door, wear a mask or else be subject to expulsion, fines, or arrest because of Executive Order 104. Which is an edict of the governor, not duly passed legislation.

    * a personal revolution is also known as a murder spree. Not exactly the best career enhancing or life prolonging activity.

    I’ve tried to rationalize all of this by assuming that everyone secretly believes this was an engineered bio-weapon that got loose or released, so a fallout shelter reaction was mandated. And I do believe this was a release of an engineered disease, but it turned out to not be the global death bug it could have been. But the panic and fear has been fed to us 24-7 for more than half a year, while forces of darkness feed us lies and hide and castigate any number of effective or partially effective cures. How can you fight back against that? Oh, I know, I’ll post something on my right-wing blog, read only by other right-wingers who already feel the same way as I do. Maybe I’ll put up a comment at CNN or MSNBC or FB, something well thought out and fully referenced, that shows my doubts about the situation. Whereupon I’ll be edited out, have my account canceled, and be subjected to the insane vile ravings of the rabid online horde, all of whom are convinced that President Trump created this germ in his bathtub, because Russia. You can’t converse with these people. You can’t sway them or inform them, debate them or discuss with them. They aren’t listening, and they want to kill you after they destroy you. For real. Because you have a different opinion or life view.

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted August 1, 2020 at 1:38 pm |

    ^“They aren’t listening, and they want to kill you after they destroy you. For real. Because you have a different opinion or life view.”
    For at least 19 years, we’ve been calling people like that “terrorists.”.

  4. DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜
    Posted August 1, 2020 at 1:52 pm |

    Yeah, even Americans are made out of human beings;
    and most human beings can be easily pushed (fear) and pulled (lies/bribery/corruption), unless the prevailing culture values freedom, individualism, and character above social safety and comfort.

    For those who think “it can’t happen here”, think again

    In more-naive days, I couldn’t understand how totalitarian states got cruel thugs to man the gulags and concentration camps. What kind of people would do that to their fellow humans?
    Look around you.
    Some of ‘em are right there

    One hopes that the villainy displayed this year will scare us straight…
    if it’s not too late

  5. DougM ☞ crotchety and judgmental ☜
    Posted August 1, 2020 at 3:20 pm |

    Personally, I think the only way to rid ourselves of this fetid political pollution is to landslide-defeat woke office-holders and to crash woke commercial offenders’ market share.