I know somebody who is a Trump supporter. That person is so closeted at work that it’s painful to watch. If she were a lesbian terrified that people will find out about her personal life, it would be horrible. Outside of the inane and deeply neoliberal rhetoric of choice, there’s no justification for why political closeting is OK while the sexual isn’t.
Forget Trump supporters. There’s a million perfectly innocent things even I keep silent about at work. Because of fear. And it’s so many people who have either schooled themselves to accept the brainwashing or are keeping quiet out of fear.
Surely, that’s not ok.
A woman writes a book that is deeply sympathetic to Mexican migrants and ends up getting death threats. Not from the MAGA crowd. From the anti-MAGA crowd. This is getting really really nuts.
Caldwell’s book is about how we got to this place. Why did the strongest freedom of speech protections in history turn into dust? Why is the intellectual environment starting to resemble the USSR in 1979?
A poet had a drunken spat with a girlfriend years ago. Last week, his published poetry gets erased over that ancient spat and he’s accused by the publishers of a respectable literary journal of being a Russian spy. For absolutely no reason. Dude got zero connections to Russia. But it’s fashionable to destroy people’s careers by accusing them of being Russian spies, so why not?
Folks, I can list these stories non-stop for a week without sleep breaks. And it’s getting worse. Somebody needs to talk about what the fuck is going on. Caldwell is trying to talk about it. We can nitpick his argument but at least he’s trying to figure it out. Anybody got a better explanation, I’m ready to hear it.
What Caldwell is saying is that we are ultimately screwed. You shred the Constitution for a very very VERY good cause. And then you do it again for an even better cause. And then again and again for some OK causes. And then you somehow find yourself in a place where you are constantly scared and apologizing. Or scaring others into constantly apologizing, which is worse.
But here’s the thing. Yes, Caldwell is right. First Amendment, any amendment, the Constitution itself, that’s all gone. There will be no legal recourse against the creeping insanity. The solution will not come from any document. It will come from people realizing that this isn’t working.
This will take time, unfortunately. This whole shiny-eyed generation of earnest SJW Twittertwats who are “like literally devastated” by imaginary Nazis needs to grow up, procreate, and drive their kids nuts with all this brainwashing.
Those kids are our only real hope.
Let’s pray the kids are buggered all the way backwards and all over again with “diversity is our strength, black and brown bodies, these are like literal Nazis, gender-fluid reeducation,” and all that crap. Nobody raises more cynical, ideology-resistant, cold bastards of kids than wide-eyed, fanatical snowflakes. And if the kids get really screwed, like in really, really screwed, the rot stays away for at least 4 generations.
It’s our best, time-tested, truly Soviet recipe, and we paid for it dearly.