- policing our movement
A movement is defined by its shared values & goals AND by the taboos formed & maintained by the majority of its participants.
There is a reason I’ve endlessly called for an emphasis on RELUCTANT but determined self-defense.
We do not want to embolden
It is not “virtue signaling” to loudly articulate those values & tell those who reject them that they are not welcome.
It is baseline, necessary work for the preservation of a movement.
But the fringe actors — bad people, unstable people, confused people — they must understand they have no place in our movement
Too many times in moments of righteous anger folks have allowed themselves to be lulled into accepting “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
No. We belong to this movement because we seek the preservation & restoration of certain
We don’t oppose commies because we hate gardening & carpentry tools. We oppose them, and their militant front represented by AntiFA, because they reject our values & do so violently.
When it comes to using violence against our American brothers & sisters, no matter
Do not celebrate violence. Do not go “looking” for fights.
Pray you will have the courage to deescalate when everyone else is seeing red and no one wants to hear it.
Be that person.
Now, onto the next topic.
We are fighting an information war against an industry half a trillion dollars in size.
They wield nearly incalculable power to shape the opinion of the masses.
You know the majority of our American brothers & sisters will not read past the headline, and will not
Many of you respond to this environment by saying something like
>They are going to call you violent neon Nazis no matter what. Do not concern yourself with optics
This is a mistake.
We cannot stop them from taking things out of context, as they’ve done so blatantly with
But we can work hard to make their job more difficult. We can act to ensure that WHEN they try to take things out of context, there is a simple & clear response we can reach for that doesn’t rely on “just trust my good intentions”.
They would be rabidly tearing the Proud Boys apart regardless of Gavin’s statements. No one can deny that.
Just look at Patriot Prayer.
While the MSM will reach for guilt by association & cynically parse every one of Joey’s statements looking for dirt, they will not come away with a Gavin style supercut.
That doesn’t mean they will fail in smearing
THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT IS FAIR OR JUST.
THIS IS ABOUT WHAT SIMPLY *IS*.
With hundreds or thousands of hours of footage, Gavin
He shouldn’t have to police his language & propagandists in the MSM shouldn’t be able to get away with smearing him.
This isn’t about justice. It’s about reality.
Trump supporters shouldn’t have to be afraid of being ambushed when they walk outside with a MAGA hat.
Right wingers shouldn’t have to worry that isolated statements will be used against them.
I’m not asking anyone to posture for the media. That is not my point.
I am asking folks to face reality & recognize the absolute necessity of policing our movement to keep out unhinged fringe actors that reject our values.
Because no one is going to give a shit when you try to explain that you didn’t really mean it.
On Thanksgiving I am grateful to have so many folks risking financial ruin & even violence to try to Make America Great Again.
I love you all & pray this rambling thread will never be important to your future.