John Mosby, AKA Mountain Guerrilla, generally knows his stuff. As if he or anyone needed me to say so.
But when it comes to analysis of the Left, and things in general in his latest post, IMHO, he's leaving out a few salient details.
Other rants, from the grievously unhinged, were partly why I posted Get A F***ing Grip a couple of days ago.
So let's dig in to this one, and see if any chips fly.
#1) I can train a fucking monkey to run an AR or an AK in three days. Give me ten days, and I can bring a complete novice to a near-expert level of proficiency with the gun. That’s fucking easy. The hard part? Convincing somebody to actually use it. Convincing someone that they actually need to overcome the culturally conditioned aversion to interpersonal violence that Americans have been spoonfed for the last sixty years, is far more challenging than teaching someone the mechanics of gunfighting. Guess which side has already overcome that cultural conditioning? I’ll give you two hints: first, it’s not the guys typing away on FB about how they’re gonna “slaughter” Leftists, as soon as they get permission from their Mommy. Second, it’s the people that are already cracking complete strangers in the head with bricks, then putting the boots to the unconscious victims, before throwing a Molotov Cocktail through their car window.
Yes, John, you can, as one would expect given your former SOF MOS, and countless sincere AARs of your classes would well attest.
But the million dollar question is, do any of the fuckwits like we saw at Berkeley have anyone remotely of your caliber doing their training?
Nothing from that or any other recent clown show would indicate anything like that.
Second, the monkey would have to have an AK or AR, wouldn't he?
There is, to date, zero evidence of wide-scale (or even narrow-scale) up-arming by today's Che wannabees.
By contrast, as noted by others, the Right in this country buys enough small arms every three months to completely outfit the current Russian and Chinese militaries.
Third, those monkeys would have to invest three to ten days into that training (as if they could defer their vente lattes and iTunes long enough to afford such).
There is zero evidence that any of them have invested that much time even learning to use spell check, let alone training, hard, with guns, under expert tutelage, and investing any sweat equity into anything. That would be too much like a j-o-b.
Whereas a notable percentage of the Right already did boot camp once upon a time, and many if not most regularly practice and train with weapons, from paper-punching to Three-gun. To the point a whole industry exists to cater just to that itch.
(Maybe not as much or as realistic as you or I would like, but it's orders of magnitude more than the Leftists in this country have ever done, from 1917 to present.)
Fourth, what culturally conditioned aversion to interpersonal violence?
That's the same nonsense Dave Grossman has been burping out for a decade or more, with about as much evidence. Americans whack people and beat the ever-loving shit out of each other at a prodigious rate, both in the ghetto, and in suburbia, as any homicide detective or beat cop will tell you. As Casey Stengel said, "You could look it up." And Grossman's pet bugaboo that in his fevered mind indicates we're becoming a nation of hardened killers is First Person Shooter games, which sales have skyrocketed since his silly hypothesis was first spawned. The murder rate, high by first-world standards, has mainly decreased. So we're neither over-conditioned to avoid violence, nor averse to actually using it when it is called for.
What intelligent Americans do have (which lets out about 99.8% of the criminal class), is an aversion to jail and prison. They'll still happily cap bad guys at 3 to 10 times the rate the trained and authorized cops do (and with better marksmanship and a higher kill rate), but it's in self-defense. That's not "permission from Mommy", John, and you know better, but you're letting your mouth run away with you before engaging your brain. Dial back the snark, turn up the brightness, and take another whack at it. Please.
The people cracking other folks in the head with bricks, putting the boots to them, and throwing Molotovs, are doing so only and entirely because there is a chance approaching ZERO that they'll be stopped, investigated, pursued, or prosecuted for doing so. And just in case, they're doing it wearing masks, because why risk TPTB having a change of heart later on?
Calculating? Certainly. Dedication or bravery? Not so much. Chickenshit? Five-starred.
NO ONE in Berkeley or anywhere else was getting cracked in the head with batons or taking LTL beanbags, which is precisely why that shit went on unabated. And everyone, then and there, here and now, and coast to coast, damned well knows it.
And they'll stop this nonsense the minute they start catching lead in the face, which was exactly what stopped an entire city from rioting during Rodney King. I was there, and I saw it happen. I also watched the ineffectual Ole` Policing (watch them go by with an armload of Nike shoes or color TVs) fuel the first three days of that like throwing jet fuel on it.
#2) The Left has won far more dirty civil wars and insurgent conflicts than the Right has won. There are a host of reasons for this, but most notable is the aversion, on the Right, to give up the security of law-and-order. As long as there is a politician telling them, “Now, now, let’s all keep calm. Let the authorities sort this out,” the Right is content to sit at home and bitch about those juvenile delinquents. The Left? They’re all, “FUCK THE MAN! LET’S MAKE IT BURN!” As long as there is a police officer in uniform…even if he is, like so many are currently, telling people, “Hey, we’re probably gonna be busy with other catastrophes when your personal catastrophe happens, so you’re on your own….” as long as he is on the job, the Right is going to say, “Meh, we’ll let the police do their job.” The Left? They’re going, “FUCK THE MAN! KILL THE PIGS!”
A) Not in this country, it hasn't. Not anywhere, not ever in our history. That masthead pic is the Class of '73, one of the few to even make a serious effort, and most of them went down in the same blaze of glory that saw the LAPD invent the idea of S.W.A.T. Leftist Winning!
B) The Left is really good about talking trash, but the minute they try it, they end up in short order on the "Most Wanted List", and that's usually the last you hear from them before they're seen pleading that "it was all a mistake!" just before they're dragged off hogtied to do 30 years in the pen. See A, above.
Just about everyone who's been paying attention gets that, and has for years, which is why you've got book sales and classes and a website and writing articles as a gig, instead of doing something mundane like stacking hay, or whatever. And I hope you prosper and keep on doing it as long as you feel like doing it.#3) The government isn’t going to save you. The government isn’t going to save your neighborhood, your city, or your state. The government MAY try and save itself. Those piranhas in the Beltway, on both sides of the aisle? They don’t give two shits about Mayberry RFD, until Mayberry RFD isn’t paying it’s taxes anymore, and by then? It’ll be too late for Sheriff Andy, Deputy Barney, Aunt Bea, Opie, and all their friends and neighbors. You want to be saved, you’d better be looking around and building what SF once upon a time called “CIDG,” or “Civilian Irregular Defense Groups,” among your neighbors and friends and families….you know…your tribe: the people in your local community that share your values and traditions. There’s a couple of really good books available that tell you exactly how to go about selecting those people, and training them. Let me see if I can recall what they are, and where you can fucking buy them……
Mayberry, OTOH, will pretty much settle down to taking care of itself, with or without either your guidance or Washington D.C.'s help, just like they have since someone hacked it out of the wilderness anywhere between the Cumberland Gap and the Golden Gate.
While I hope they'll pony up for some of your wisdom and training, I doubt you'll find many waiting for a handout from the Beltway, or expecting any of that. This ain't 1932, and no one sees the president as FDR, outside of the vote ghettoes of the inner city.
So where does that leave us?
The Left tore up Berkeley, with official permission, or at least the concerted efforts of TPTB to look the other way. So fucking what??
That would be the same Berkeley that told Marine Corps recruiters they weren't welcome in that city, at the height of the recent SWAsian War Games? Fuckin' A, I hope the whole piece of shit leftist town burns to the ground, and I'll send 'em my Chevron gas card if they need more gasoline to git 'er done.
That's a far cry from coming to my town, and I'm already right here in Califrutopia.
They'd get about 50 yards down the street if they tried it hereabouts, and if the cops let them continue unmolested, the rounds flying in from outside their perimeter would be no respecter of badges or uniforms, at that point. Given the choice between being in the middle, or cracking heads, I have little doubt where the cops' natural sympathies would lead most of them.
That riot would end in about ten minutes, either way. Getting shot in the face, or a sucking chest wound, tends to take the wind out of rioters' sails, and lungs, with equal rapidity.
We can ask Rooftop Koreans if I'm F.O.S., or spot-on with that assessment.
There's plenty of room for preparing for a host of problems, not least of them the non-human disasters that will always be with us. But there's no room nor reason for getting anyone's underpants in a twist over the antics or imaginary capabilities of the Free Shit Army.
I'm all for getting ready for the day that changes, but right now there's more reason for concern over the Sweet Meteor Of Death wreaking havoc than there is over the trust-fund kids who lack the courage to ship out for Whale Wars, let alone pose and front that they really want to go toe to toe with The Man.
And have even less inclination to mess with their Old Man, or his buddies from the Water Buffalo or Leopard Lodges.
That's why they stay off his lawn, and hang out at the campus instead.
The brighter ones (and there's damned few of those) know if they tried it, they'd have picked the wrong damned rec room.
You can have fun with that, John, and you can mock it all you want; it's easy pickings.
But even Hollywood didn't pull those memes out of its ass, they got them from a few thousand examples of people who behave exactly like that, and have in this land, since shortly after settlers debarked in Virginia in 1607. Despite the lack of knowing how to be tactically operating operators, they seem to have done okay, albeit granting that anybody could always use a few pointers from professionals. Especially from quieter professionals.