Alarming calls online for a race war. The arrest of three suspected neo-Nazis. Memories of the explosive clashes in Charlottesville, Va., three years ago.
A sense of crisis enveloped the capital of Virginia on Thursday, with the police on heightened alert and Richmond bracing for possible violence ahead of a gun rally next week that is expected to draw white supremacists and other anti-government extremists.
Members of numerous armed militias and white power proponents vowed to converge on the city despite the state of emergencydeclared by Gov. Ralph Northam, who temporarily banned weapons from the grounds of the State Capitol. The potential for an armed confrontation prompted fears of a rerun of the 2017 far-right rally that left one person dead and some two dozen injured in Charlottesville, about an hour’s drive from Monday’s rally.Nice job, blowhards. How long is it going to take the rest of us to dig ourselves out of this hole? I can't wait to see your next genius move.
I got an interesting comment to one of yesterday's posts:
damn I thought you were one of us.Well, just which "us" are you talking about? I see a bunch of different groups descending on Richmond next week:
Antifa. As if.
White Supremacists. Oh, hell no.
The "It's Boogaloo Time" types. I posted about this ten years ago, and have had no reason to change my mind since. As I said, I will not walk that road with you. It doesn't lead to salvation and redemption, but to the abyss.
BUT MUH SECOND AMENDMENT types. I'm actually sympathetic to this group, except they're being so damn stupid. It's not your passion for your freedom I object to, it's your judgement. Your despair at the situation is letting the Powers That Be play you like a fiddle. If you're in this group you should read the link immediately above, particularly the part about despair. Not only is despair a sin, but it makes you stupid.
What's funny is that Castle Borepatch is only a couple hours from Richmond. I could go to this. Not going to happen. This has had Charlie Foxtrot written all over it for weeks but folks seem determined to push start the damn thing down the hill even though the steering and brakes are wonky. I'm taking Remus' advice and staying away from crowds.
Because when the dust settles, the fight will go on. We'll all be in a worse position because the New York Times will gleefully be painting us as Nazis and violent nuts, so thanks for that. But the fight will go on. Next time, hopefully we'll be smarter. That sure as shootin' can't be very hard.
Remember, the first rule of Internet Security applies here, too: sometimes it's easier not to be stupid than it is to be smart.
Note: this isn't a post-mortem, it's a pre-mortem. But next Monday's outcome is as scripted as a Kabuki play.