Tense Times

One of my rules for this blog is to not get political. In my day job, I have ample opportunities to do that, and I’m sure I can find a venue for anything they don’t want but I feel the need to say.

However, politics directly impacts the times, and right now, times are tense.

For the last week or so, I’ve been pondering the way our nation is heading, and it scares the crap out of me.

We’ve had riots regularly since the inauguration, and there’s been plenty of violence directed at people who share opinions pretty similar to mine. Further, this violence was directed at people who are often far less public than I am about those views.

Now, consider this video that’s made the rounds:

It’s been getting mocked pretty regularly, but I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.

You see, it’s easy to say that these guys aren’t that good, that their training is subpar, and they’re not really a threat.

Yes, the training we’re seeing is fairly laughable, but you know what? They’re training. They’re armed up and they’re working toward getting better.

While many of those folks may well be arming up for personal protection, I’m more than sure that there’s plenty of their ideological brothers and sisters who are ready to use that training to create the world they believe should exist.

As someone more familiar with war than I said in a discussion of this kind of thing:

Comment on Sam’s page: ‘A blood bath.

My response:Yep. Because only one side has consistently displayed a willingness to get violent, right now, right here, despite the blatherings of the Right about ‘Molon Labe!’ and ‘From My Cold Dead Fingers,” etc….Talk is cheap. It will be a number of blood baths, but 99% of the victims are NOT going to be the Leftist pseudo-Anarchists that are willing to fuck shit up, already, without quality weapons at their disposal.

That’s why I’m not ready to dismiss these guys. That gentleman, who goes by the name John Mosby on the internet, has spent a lot of time studying the nature of internal conflict and has written for years about the nature of a civil war on American soil.

Here are his thoughts on the nature of that war.

This is an actual civil war, as in a conflict between ideologically-opposed factions within the civilian and political population of a country. Like real civil wars, it is not going to be pretty. It’s not going to be armies, in pretty uniforms, fighting pitched, conventional battles. It’s going to be a matter of assassination, sabotage, hit-and-run raids, targeting ideological leadership figures, enemy families, etc.

As Matt Bracken pointed out in a recent Facebook post himself, we’re looking at more of a Balkans and/or Argentine “Dirty War” conflict. People just haven’t accepted that, because it doesn’t fit their mental images of what “war,” even “guerrilla war” looks like. That, in turn, is because, even the most devout conversions to the “Church of the Anti-Media” in this country today, have a lifetime of conditioning to the media’s portrayal of what “reality” is. From what a “proper” war looks like, to what “collapse” looks like, to what “bad guys” look like.

This actually mimics my own concerns on the situation.

So, if I didn’t intend to talk about politics on this blog, why am I bringing this up?

Well, I’m a writer who slaps the Antifa around on a regular basis for a living. I’m loud, vocal, and I know I don’t have the good sense to shut up about this kind of thing.

I know good and well that I’m a potential target.

Like Mr. Mosby, I have no intention of dismissing Antifa because they look a little silly.  Another comment from Mosby:

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.

They’ve crossed that threshold and they’re training with their weapons. All it takes is someone with a bit of knowledge to work with them, and while the vast majority of veterans are on my side in this, it doesn’t require many to work with them and get them up to speed.

“The only vets I’ve known who went liberal were REMF’s.”

That’s been my experience too.  However, keep in mind that we don’t know every vet. Furthermore, even an REMF Marine has been trained in how to fight. Get enough of those, and you don’t need a combat arms vet to train them.

I won’t lie, I’m worried.  As a potential target–I don’t think I’m high on the list by any means, but I’m fairly sure I’ll be on someone’s list–I’m concerned about not just me, but my family. Will they become targets too?

These times are tense, but I also don’t plan on being easy meat.  I also need to make sure my wife and son aren’t easy meat (my daughter gets a pass only because she’s five.  She, too, will learn).

Time to hit the weights again, that’s definitely for sure.  And the range.  And the punching bag.

Now to find a good knife training video or two…

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19 thoughts on “Tense Times”

  1. Yup, people on the right have been conditioned not to fight for what is right. While people on the left have been conditioned to kill anyone who disagrees with them.
    This is not how our fathers were, they would beat the crap out of the people on the left whenever they got out of line. Our Grandfathers did so as well. I know, because I heard the stories growing up. But somewhere in the 60’s we started showing ‘tolerance’ for people who have no tolerance and who deserve none.

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        1. He’s not whining.

          It’s counterproductive to attack every commenter just because his comment doesn’t exactly mirror what you would have said. The guy’s on the same side; wouldn’t it be better to simply engage him in conversation, and simply express your different view, than belittle him like that?

          Furthermore, nothing he said in that short comment suggests that he couldn’t “BECOME” more violent as you apparently wish, or in fact that he hasn’t already. This is another reason it was inappropriate to lash out at him. In the coming (“incipient” might be more accurate) civil war, Tom would be your ally. Keep your sights on the real enemy.

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          1. Oh, I’m fully capable of using violence when necessary, as my family can attest.

            Edited to add: The comment about us supposedly being the violent ones deals with constant accusations by the left that we are all violent thugs looking to kill anyone who looks at us funny. “Why else would they want guns?” they argue. Meanwhile, they viciously attack people who espouse different views.

            If that’s whining, well…

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  2. It is something to worry about, though I will note that they seem to really not like it when their victims hit back. So they may have been conditioned to think violent when dealing with dissent, but it’s the fantasy world violence where their opponents sit there and let themselves get beaten up and/or killed.

    Still, the preparations you are making seem wise. They can still kill a bunch of people if they decide to use more lethal weapons even if they crumple when someone shoots back.

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    1. I think that was more of a case of them being fully ready to visit violence but having never faced it themselves.

      Some will be winnowed out by that, but some will adapt and move past that fear.

      Of course, this is all speculation and I don’t think anyone is poorly served by overestimating their opponents. 🙂

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  3. My suggestion isn’t just to buy weapons, but ammunition and the means to deliver it (i.e. at least 10 magazines per weapon you own). Because if you have an AR15 and one magazine…you’re going to take a long time between magazines…having to reload while getting shot at isn’t a lot fo fun.

    THEN, get out on the range and start shooting at human targets. Shoot at more than 20′ (in the videos, just plinking away doesn’t do much for training (watch how most of these idiots hold their rifles, they don’t have anyone training them, etc. HOWEVER, they are starting to learn, and that is concerning.

    Being prepared to fight back is what the right has been for a while. Being ready to actually shoot someone is not something most people want to do. I think we conservatives are far more ready to do so, than the Left is…mainly because we have large numbers of combat veterans on our side. They really don’t want to do to Americans what they’ve done to our enemies, unless they are forced to by the Left. It will only take one or two shootings to really set things off and pull these people off the side lines.

    A Second AMerican Civil War, once the shooting starts, will make what is going on in Syria look like two children squabbling over a sand box. Millions will die, and while the Left is perfectly fine with that, Conservatives don’t want to be the ones who start it…we will be the ones who end it however.

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    1. I already have weapons and ammo,
      so there’s that. Need to replace the AR I sold several years ago, but I have plenty of weapons to cover me until then. More than enough to make your average progressive crap their pants, actually.

      And a ton of ammo for range time. 🙂

      I think we conservatives are far more ready to do so, than the Left is…mainly because we have large numbers of combat veterans on our side.

      See, I think this is what a lot of our side thinks, but I’m not sure I agree with it.

      Combat vets are plentiful, sure, and they have experience in these matters, but the left has an ideology that is deeply ingrained with the idea that the ends justifies the means. They see violence as justified so long as their socialist policies come into effect.

      Make no mistake, many of them have made the mental steps necessary to shoot someone. It’s just a matter of whether enough of them have within a single group to actually plan and coordinate something.

      Personally, I don’t want to take that chance.

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  4. All you need to know about current training and leadership ‘standards’ among conservatives is Bundy Ranch and the Oregon standoff.

    Study the internal bickering over leadership and tactics at Bundy Ranch among the various ‘militia’ groups and traditionally organized groups like Oath Keepers, etc. Also, closely examine the way each group tried to take credit for the ‘victory’. The Oregon standoff? A complete mess from start to finish. No one thought about logistics and combat first aid and medicine, in either example…until they already had it stuck in. Study their mistakes, carefully.

    Start thinking about these training and leadership issues locally, both w/i family groups and neighborhoods/local areas.

    Set aside part of your own family budget and family time for training. Self defense. Martial arts. Range time. Set up one or more types of tactical gun range. e.g. if an aging actor can do it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yk7K8-HnfI

    Stop talking. Start doing.

    …or, you can keep arguing about who has the biggest and most expensive guns and rifles. Because that’s all I see most militias and conservatives actually doing. ‘My gun is better than yours.’

    It’s time to grow up and get serious.

    Freedom is never free. It always requires sacrifice. Always.

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  5. Do not underestimate the left. They are far better funded, far better organised and have shown considerably more conviction in pressing their views. They have the cash, the lawyers, the leaders, the training infrastructure and the advantage of social respectability. In any civil conflict they will start with a position of overwhelming strength.

    It doesnt take long to train a simple urban gunman cannon fodder. It’s the structures that take time, and the have the structure.

    TBH we need lawyers cash and street fighters more than stockpiles of firearms. Its from those that you gain the structures to efficiently employ the guns.

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  6. ” 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, ”

    Sixty years? I suppose you don’t believe the studies about how hard it was in WWI and II, to see to it an infantryman marked and killed their man. You really think it took all those rounds in the Civil War to see a man dead because the weapons weren’t that accurate? (Blocks of infantry close spaced shooting at other blocks of infantry, the muskets weren’t that bad.)

    In the days of heroes slugging it out between armies, you don’t think it wasn’t in part because they got to pick for their heroes who wouldn’t hesitate to see the lights go out when they were close to the face of the defeated enemy and knew they killed another person?

    Their is no indifference in most people to killing, still less is there avidity for it. It has nothing to do with what’s been “spoonfed for 60 years”.

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    1. Note that the item you’re addressing was quoted from somewhere else. It was included for the overall sentiment, not necessarily those particular sentences.

      However, I’ll also add that those studies indicate difficulties before the left got its hooks into society to such a degree that conflict is now frowned upon at every level, how much worse could it be today?

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  7. This is true at the tactical level, and in the short term, especially if you live in the city or suburbs.

    Strategically, I don’t agree with the static assessment. People are already self-sorting, and that’s going to accelerate.
    The Left has power bases, command and control, but a limited ability to project force beyond area they control, and a hugely vulnerable logistical tail. The anti-Left has limited power bases, difficulty with command and control, but largely lacks the vulnerabilities of the Left.
    By and large, I expect the anti-Left to target infrastructure more than figureheads and fighters. Leftist strongholds are, for the most part, easily isolated.

    Unless you are likely to be directly threatened, I would prioritize stockpiling food, water, batteries, and the like.

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  8. When the Antifa was confronted by a right wing crowd who fought back in Berkely – of all places – the Antifa broke and ran. In my experience as a bouncer the Antifa types are best described as “sh*t talking maggots”. I was much more concerned with the threat of a cowboy or a biker than a dungeon and dragon fantasy warrior; a brief demonstration of reality put a stop to the type of people unfamiliar with the concept. If the left could cope with reality they wouldn’t spend all their time doing drugs and trying to escape from it.

    The United States is not Russia in 1917. The right was largely unarmed then. Want to see what a war between the right and left would look like? Stage a football game between your local high school team and the Antifa – that would quickly expose who has the teamwork, will and leadership to accomplish a goal, and it isn’t the Antifa.

    I think you are mistaking all the ethical control on the right for a lack of will. As soon as the Antifa types become any kind of actual threat – vigilance committees will spring into being and the Antifa will simply vanish; that is the long history of violent gangs in the United States. The MS-13 style gangs of today exist only because they haven’t tried to invade the suburbs – threaten the general populace and it will be as if they never even existed.

    The propaganda news media are far more dangerous than the rioters on the left; in that sense the pen is mightier than the sword.

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    1. Those vigilance committees are already in (or coming into) existence. Oath Keepers has a Community Preparedness Team project with these goals:

      “Our teams can provide direct assistance to a community (as we did by guarding shops against arsonists in Ferguson, Missouri during the riots there), but they are first and foremost training cadre to train other groups and individuals in the critical skills they will need in any disaster.” “Any disaster” specifically includes resistance to armed insurrection.

      https://www.oathkeepers.org/cpt-community-preparedness-teams/

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  9. “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”

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

    Wyatt Earp is kinda yesterday…

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