Back in September of 2016 I read an essay that continues to provide me with insight into the state of present day America. That was Angelo M. Codevilla’s, “After the Republic.” His thesis was that regardless of whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump won the presidency, thinking of restoring the United States to the same kind of governance that existed before the 20th century crises was futile. As sad as this conclusion makes me, I agree with it. Even if the appearance of our government remains the same, what we are now dealing with is not one where the loyal opposition negotiates with their partners across the aisle to give the American people the moderate government that made American life feel temperate and fraternal. The Democrats (and to a lesser extent, Republicans) are a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cultural Marxist Combine and to think of them any other way is delusional and suicidal. With the advent of the #metoo tactic even their own pawns and bishops are now sacrificed to capture the opposing King. We have reached the level of conflict where it is hard to imagine any action so heinous or bizarre that the Democrats would not use it if it provided sufficient progress in their war of attrition.
In such an environment of total war the priority is to destroy your enemy. During war you set aside the normal priorities of growth and equilibrium and marshal all your resources and strength to dealing a fatal blow to your enemy. Because if you don’t, he will.
So, the strategy is clear. But the details of the landscape make tactics complicated. The enemy knows full well what is going on. But the American public is still only partly aware that a war is in progress. Fully half of our nominal allies are sleep walking through this battlefield under the impression that we are at peace. Of course, they realize that these are troubled times but they think we are still one nation under God with liberty and justice for all. They must be awakened. In the meantime, they are part of the problem. They can inflict damage to our side through ignorance and gullibility. This complicates things. Subterfuge and misdirection becomes part of the tactical palette. An extremely Machiavellian environment is inevitable. So be it.
We have reached a very sad state of affairs. We must adopt the tactics of the enemy in order to defeat him. Honesty and chivalry won’t work. Power politics and deals with the devil are the order of the day. Look for a leader who can hold his own against the lies of the press and is undaunted by their attacks. Forget flowery promises of future victories. Measure actual results. Be undaunted by minor flaws in your allies. If you need reason to work with them just look at your enemies and the goals they embrace. That should convince you of which side you should be on. The politics of personal destruction will become the order of the day. It is much easier to destroy the man than the idea. Polarization will increase. Friendships will be destroyed across the divide. Sides will be chosen inside families. Many men will lose wives and girlfriends as women will be the last to awaken to reality. Jobs will be lost as cultural-Marxism converged companies purge the unbelievers. It will get much worse before it gets better. So be it.
How do you enjoy life in such an environment? You build new friendships and associations. Reach out to kindred spirits. Support them. Network with them. We are not few. We are many. We just need to be connected. Form some recreational or cultural groups with like minded individuals. You can even pick activities that self-identify the participants. For instance, how many left leaning hand gun target shooters do you think there are? Or Bible study groups? I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to come up with a few more. And even relatively neutral activities are enhanced when shared with people who won’t throw a moral hand grenade at you from time to time. For instance, I have a co-worker who shares an interest in photography with me. Our relations are friendly. When the Las Vegas shooting occurred, he spent a measure of my time that I’ll never get back trying to get me to say that gun control laws were the answer to this problem. It was a futile conversation that left a bad feeling between us. Wouldn’t I rather spend time with someone who wants to talk about something we agree on, like photography? Yes.
And it doesn’t matter how unzealous you are for the cause. You don’t have to be a hero. You can tend to your own garden and just throw support of whatever kind to our side. Even if it’s just friendship. Just don’t be part of the problem. Don’t attack to the right. Are there people on the right who are outside of your comfort zone? Fine. Just don’t engage with them. But don’t make it your mission to attack them. If you need someone to attack look to the left. It’s a target rich zone. Every variety of degenerate and sociopath is represented on the left. If you need something to strike go there. My current project is to identify right-leaning businesses and organizations and maintain a list. That way if I have a choice between Amazon or someone who wants to fend off a future solely inhabited by blue-haired cat ladies and footsy pajama wearing latte boys I can consciously make that choice. If you know of any businesses or groups like that then stop by and add them to the list. Be part of the solution.