They hate you.
Conservatives don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you need to be ready to do.
You are normal, and therefore a heretic. You refuse to bow to their idols, to subscribe to their twisted catechisms, to praise their false gods. This is unforgivable. You must burn.
Crazy talk? Just ask them. Go ahead. Go on social media. Find a conservative – it’s easy. Just say something positive about Obama or Black Lives Matter and they’ll come swarming like locusts. Engage them and very quickly they will drop their masks and tell you what they really think. I know. I keep a rapidly expanding file of Twitter conservative death wish screenshots.
They will tell you that all Christians are brilliant and every veteran is a hero.
That liberals are subhumans whose role is to labor as serfs to subsidize the Wall Street elite and its clients.
That you should die to make way for the New Populist Man/Woman/Other.
Understand that when they call Donald Trump “legitimate,” what they are really saying is that our desire to govern ourselves is illegitimate. Their beef isn’t with him – it’s with us, the normal people who dared rise up and demand their right to participate in the rule of this country and this culture.
They hate you, because by defying them you have prevented them from living up to the dictates of their false religion. Our rebelliousness has denied them the state of grace they seek, exercising their divine right to dictate every aspect of our puny lives. Their sick faith gives meaning to these religious weirdos, giving them something that fills their empty lives with a messianic fervor to go out and conquer and convert the heathens.
And the heathens are us.
Oh, there are different conservative sects. There are the reverse racism warriors who have manufactured a bizarre mythology and scripture of oppression, privilege, and intersectionality. Instead of robes, they dress up as congressmen and kill minorities as a blasphemous sacrament. Then there are the climate denier religion oddballs convinced that the end is not near and that we can drive forever in our SUVs. Of course, the “we” is really “us” – high priests of the climate denier cult like Rush Limbaugh still jet around the world while we do the ritual sacrificing of our modern comforts. Then there are the ones who simply worship themselves, the elitists who believe that all wisdom and morality has been invested in them merely because they went to the right college, think the right thoughts, and sneer at anyone living on the American coastline.
But all the conservative sects agree – they have found the revealed truth, and imposing it upon the benighted normals like us is so transcendently important that they are relieved of any moral limitations. They are ISIS, except with hashtags instead of AKs, committed to the establishment of a conservative caliphate.
You wonder why the right is now forced to turn to violence? Because they think that helps them right now. Today it’s suddenly OK to punch a “Rioter.” But the punchline is that anyone who opposes them is a “Nazi.”
They are fanatics, and by not surrendering, by not kneeling, and by not obeying, you have committed an unpardonable sin. You have defied the Right, and you must be broken. They will take your job, slander your name, even beat or kill you – whatever it takes to break you and terrify others by making you an example. Your defiance cannot stand; they cannot allow this whole #Resistance thing to get out of control. They must crush this rebellion of the normal, and absolutely nothing is off the table.
We’ve seen them burn UC Berkeley disguised as anarchists and how the police controlled by the state government of California stood by and watched as Americans were beaten by the mob. Why? Because the government of the State of California approves of the violence.
The Right won’t say it out loud – at least not yet – but make no mistake. If violence is what it takes for them to prevail, then violence we will have. You saw it, and you were meant to. And they seek to hold sway everywhere
How to we respond?
The first step is to end the denial. Open your eyes. See what is happening. Don’t allow yourself to be deluded by false nostalgia for a past period of cultural peace that existed. They hate you. Look at Twitter. Look at Facebook. Try and tell yourself that conservatives are just nice people who disagree with you on a few policy details. Stop fooling yourself.
Understand that this must get much worse before it can get better. We may wish to stop the cultural/political struggle, but they can’t stop. Their religion tells them we are greedy, minority, female, homosexual morons who hate America and love socialism. How could they tolerate us? How could they ever allow us power?
They can’t. Their sick ideology and false theology requires that we be enslaved or exterminated – we can’t be tolerated, and we certainly can’t be allowed to hold the reins of power.
So the only outcome is that one side wins and the other loses. There’s no truce to be had, no possibility of a tie. And the frightening thing is that the Right is so foolish, so stuck in its bubble that it has no understanding that it can only push so far before the people with all the votes and all the love push back. That’s the problem with kids who were raised on football and who settled arguments with a fistfight – they don’t consider the possibility that they will lose, and lose hard.
We must ensure they do. Understand your enemy. Understand that the Right will exploit your principles and morals to make you disarm yourself – figuratively and literally. Don’t play their game; don’t fall for their manufactured outrages. Never concede their lies, never take their side against the people defending your liberty. Most of all, accept the truth that if we let them win we will spend the rest of our lives on our backs with a shotgun pressed into our collective face.
They hate us. And however they come at us, we need to be prepared to fight.