Accentuating the Positive

One of my favorite bad thinkers never tires of reminding his readers and listeners that a negative identity is not a strong position to be in.  In other words, if you define your identity by what you are against then you lack a basis for defining what you are for.  This is the charge he lays at the feet of Conservative Inc.  By defining themselves as only against progressivism they are constantly addressing whatever new outrage the Left cooks up but they fail to define what they themselves do stand for.  If you’re always on the defensive you never have a chance to advocate for the things you actually want to see implemented.

Far better is to look at what you do believe in and formulate it into a clear and coherent statement.  That way when someone asks your stance on this or that example or scenario you have a rational basis for your answer.  And also, it gives you a logical basis for formulating an agenda of actions for the future, a plan.  Now my identity is relatively innocuous since at heart I’m just a garden variety civic nationalist.  What I would want is a return to normal American society with plenty of allowance for individual differences in background and culture.  Plenty of room for normal people who want to raise their kids as good American citizens.

So, that all sounds reasonable but when you look at our present situation it becomes much more complicated.  For instance, the Boy Scouts of America was an organization with the specific mission of providing boys with a fraternal organization to help them become physically fit, mentally awake and morally straight.  And because of that mission it was hounded by homosexuals and feminists until now it isn’t for boys and soon, I’m sure they’ll have to remove the word straight for fear of offending the delicate.

My example is meant to show that trying to define a positive identity makes you a target for those who hate what you are.  They will see what you stand for and try to destroy it.  The same thing has been done to almost all other social organizations.  The US government has forced women into every fraternal organization with the sole exception of religious organizations.  And of course, many of these have surrendered too.  One of the only exceptions I know of is the Knights of Columbus which is a Roman Catholic fraternal organization which excludes women as anything but auxiliaries.

Well if that is the only exception then that will have to be the path forward.  It’ll have to be a religious fraternal society.  The organization must utilize the Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment to protect it from the invasive forces of the federal government and may need to restrict itself to states that do not regularly harass conservative organizations.  The mission of the organization can be loosely grounded in the usual fraternal agenda.  Service to the community, family activities and religious or ethical training are all things that fall under the purview of a religious fraternal organization.  The thing that has to be carefully defined is the religious requirements that define the organization such that you can avoid all the latest abnormal behavior.  Luckily the Christian Bible (at least the one used up until the 1950s) has scriptural authority for avoiding the whole LGBTQ agenda in one fell swoop.  The only thing I’m not sure of is whether it can be structured so that any member from one of the remaining traditionalist sects is eligible or whether a separate religion will need to be founded in order to give it legitimacy.  In other words, is it enough for me to be the Grand Exalted Master or do I also have to be the Pope?

All of this sounds crazy but maybe that is what this world actually requires to permit men the freedom to live their lives as they wish to.  When the churches themselves become corrupt and controlled by the insane maybe it’s not crazy to think that new churches need to be formed.  This sort of dovetails with my earlier talk about the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club.  But of course, as time goes on it becomes less of a joke and more of a necessity.  And if anyone knows of an existing fraternal organization that already covers all the bases, I’m interested in let me know and I’ll look into it.  Until then I’ll order Camera Girl to make me some sandwiches while I think up secret handshakes and build a mystic decoding ring.

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Jason
Jason
7 months ago

How the heck did I miss the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club post? Are there any new rules added to the list now after it’s had a year to percolate? Maybe something like… those with legal concealed carry permits get two votes, or some other add’l benefit (this would exclude me as I don’t have mine… yet) Otherwise, I have to agree with you regarding the “positive” message here. I’m not exactly an “old-school” guy, but I grew up in a time and place where country music was king. When I was a teenager, Aaron Tippin released a song called “You’ve… Read more »

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