I'd be a lot more comfortable with the calls for such if I thought more than one in ten of those calling knew how to throw a punch in the first place.
Or if I thought more than one in a hundred knew when, when not to, or why.
I don't doubt the cause or enthusiasm. To hell with Nazis.
But the last thing that applied diplomacy needs on the national stage is amateur hour. Exhibit A would be 45 himself, but the punching calls ain't helping.
In the long term, neither is the doxxing. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've read the meme. They wanna be Nazis, let 'em be Nazis 24/7. Good to go.
Get 'em fired, get 'em expelled, whatever.
You DO realize you're not banishing them into the wilderness to starve or freeze, right?
They're either dropping to shittier employment or a societal safety net. Only now they've been knocked down there with yet another reason to hate AND time on their hands to do something about it.
Congratulations, you've cleansed this workplace or that campus and foisted the problem off on someone else.
"But... but.." you say, "what do you want us to do? Hug them?"
I do know that I'm personally not up to going around to hunt down and slaughter them all. The logistics alone would be a nightmare.
And I don't see anyone else stepping up to that particular plate yet, thank the Gods, so there NEEDS to be another option out there.
I sat down and watched about fifteen minutes of video, before the big fight and before that shitbird decided to kill a lady with a Dodge charger. Some of the things I'm noticing... (video itself is in the first comment)
... The Alt-Right crew is really, really outnumbered.
... That said, they're ten times as organized. Look at this shit, shield walls, formation commands.
... All these guns and not a single shot fired by anyone the entire weekend. Either the individuals in question have some serious self-restraint, or there's some tight command and control going on. Or both. Or nobody's ~quite~ willing to take that step yet.
... I don't see anyone visibly holding a firearm in the shield wall. And a lot of them seem to be interacting with each other than spread out. I'm wondering how much the whole 3% crowd is in tight with the Alt-Right, or if they're on some sort of loose contractor basis here?
... Oh, FFS, a guillotine on one of the boards? You're not even trying to hide it, are you, Defarge?
... So many crappy shield designs. Somewhere, a herald is crying.
... The big guy in the black vest, looks like me in 20 years? I think I've found command and control.
... The whole mob looks ready to hit back first. But that sums up every clash I've seen so far.
They're ready to hit back first. And they want the world to know they hit back.
Look, ever since the election, I've been telling people to back off and calm the fuck down. And nobody seems willing to do that.
I don't want to live in another civil war.
Especially one that I can't get on a plane and leave to go home, because it's right here.
Honestly, if it was just Antifa and the Alt-right? They deserve each other. If those packs of dueling shitstains were just out to kill each other, I'd just lock 'em all in a stadium and let them have at. We could hose the place out later.
But that's not what's going to happen.
We keep going down that road, sooner or later we're looking at a slaughter.
If the alt-right crew I saw in that video had what they saw as legit reason to open fire, the body count would have been in the dozens at bare minimum.
And after that?
It gets smaller, but wider. And a lot more personal.
Because when you can't get to whoever's pissing you off on a screen, you go after the closest "sympathizer" you can find. And if it's a neighbor? A coworker? A family member? Oh well.
Don't believe me?
We've had over fifteen years since the towers fell. How many times have people gone after random Muslims when they couldn't find an Al-Quaeda or a Taliban or even a random Salafist Takfiri to go after?
And if they couldn't find a Muslim to attack, they settled on a Sikh or anyone remotely brown.
Are any of you screaming "there is only one side" listening to yourselves?
If you wanna raise the black flag and can't find a Nazi, what are you gonna do, go find a Republican and convince yourself they're a sympathizer? Or even settle for someone living in a vaguely red state?
And that terrifies me.
I'm scared that I can't stop it.
I'm scared we're too late.