A desire to defend the homeland is an intrinsic part of human nature. It’s a universal instinct, not something unique to those on the political right. To the contrary, the story of the last several years has been one of rightists stepping onto leftist land and getting a comeuppance for the trouble. Aggressors come, they see, and they are conquered.
The latest and most spectacular example of this occurred yesterday in Washington DC. The residents of the capital are further left than virtually any other population in the country. The city went for Biden over Trump 93%-5% in November. The MAGA marchers were an invading force. And when the marchers invaded, they were lured into a trap, engulfed, and set upon. During the melee, the Capitol Police killed an unarmed MAGA maid in cold blood. Vice president and DC denizen Mike Pence predictably threw in with the defenders of his realm:
Thank you to the incredible Capitol Hill Police Officers and every Law Enforcement Officer for keeping us safe today. Thanks to your service, the Capitol was secured and we are truly grateful. pic.twitter.com/urDMpQBB7n
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) January 7, 2021
He made no mention of Ashli Babbitt, the woman killed by that same police force, and he never will.
Pence had no words for the Minneapolis police force that had a man die in their custody last May, but he had praise and prayers for the deceased:
Our prayers are with the family of George Floyd and our prayers are also with the family of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. We have no tolerance for racism in America. We have no tolerance for violence inspired by racism. And, as President Trump said, justice will be served.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) May 29, 2020
Who poses the more imminent threat, a female trespasser or a convicted felon driving under the influence, trying to pass counterfeit money, and resisting arrest? With the qualified exception of the DUI, neither pose imminent threats to anyone, but the parenthetical about policing practices is a digressive distraction at the moment. The point is one will be portrayed as having played stupid games to win stupid prizes, the other to have joined the choir of angels in heaven. The miscreant was invading, the martyr invaded.
In Portland, Boston, Seattle, Charlottesville, Louisville, and several other leftist cities across the country, right-leaning public demonstrations have reliably ended in disaster. When the police departments of one of these cities gets tangled up in a controversial killing, civil unrest spills into the streets. The protests, peaceful or not, go largely unmolested. Few are arrested and even fewer are charged. The residents of these cities don’t want cops killing people they are sympathetic to. More power to them. Those are their cities, let them run them how they want to run them.
There was one notable exception to this trend. In Lancaster, the police shooting death of a man wielding a knife was followed by a night of angry rioting. Only a single night. The police, backed by the justice system and supported by the conservative residents of a red Pennsylvania county, came down hard on the rioters. Unlike the cities listed above, Lancaster is not a leftist stronghold. What was celebrated elsewhere not only was not celebrated in Lancaster, it wasn’t even tolerated.
The differences between Seattle and Lancaster are what separate countries are for. The US is an empire with several countries crammed together inside of it. It doesn’t work, and it’s working ever worse by the day.
It is self-defeating futility for the right to keep trying to loudly proclaim itself on leftist turf. Don’t antagonize the opposition. This doesn’t just apply to the geographical. The right needs to get off hostile platforms. They must stop using social media giants that hate them. Stop focusing on changing Washington DC and start focusing on separating from it. Forget the national, focus on the local. Don’t join the military; if anything, join the sheriff’s department. Cut the cable, don’t pay for sewage streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu. Employ agorism wherever and whenever possible.
There is no hope for traditional Americans to reclaim control of the country. They voted for border control, trade barriers, and an end to foreign wars. They got a tax cut for multinational mega corporations who view America as a shopping mall, four more years of facilitating Yemeni genocide, and borders that will be more porous in a month than they were when Trump was inaugurated. Despite coming up short, they tried to vote for it again. They lost. When they thought things looked fishy, they asked for their concerns to be addressed. They were dismissed without standing. When they assembled to air their grievances, they were treated like terrorists for causing an infinitesimally small fraction of the damage that leftist protests caused day after day over the better part of a year.
The civil rights struggle of our age is one for self-determination. This doesn’t mean civil war and the hell on earth that would unleash, it means working towards civility in separation, equity in ending the empire. It doesn’t mean mocking CHAZ and it certainly doesn’t mean invading CHAZ. It means wishing CHAZ well enough and ensuring CHAZ doesn’t come to flyover country. Your county commissioners have that power. The president of the United States doesn’t. Put your efforts into the former and forget about the latter.