My initial response to hearing the call for protest on January 20 in Richmond, VA, was to saddle up about a dozen buddies, rent a 15-passenger van, and go. Seriously, show up and be part of the presence. Our gut reactions to such things are to join and support those of like heart and mind. But after a moment taken to pause and consider, I’m staying home.
Call me what you will, but hear me out first. Harken back to Charlottesville, and what happened there. Read Matt Bracken’s Professor Raoul X and realize how easy it would be for the opposition (the Left, Antifa, FedGov….pick your player) to plant a false flag, or two, or five, in digital camo among the protesters. And how would that go for our side?
This protest was announced weeks before January 20 with big commotion, giving the opposition a generous allotment of time to plan its counter, just like Charlottesville. And what did the authorities do there? Everything they could to disrupt the protest all the way and up to bloodshed, while maintaining a facade of plausible deniability. No doubt even arranging a last-minute gathering such as did Joseph Warren on April 18, 1775 leading to Captain John Parker giving the order to fire the next day, would be fraught with unwanted exposure. OPSEC is often cast to the wind in such endeavors, and Warren and Parker didn’t have to deal with the worldwide web and the NSA.
Our side, those who seek to preserve 2A/liberty/freedom and turn back tyranny, will not experience one shred of favorable media exposure. Not. A. Bit. Zero. Zip. Nada. It’s like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, and we’re Charlie.
We all know that the opposition wants, deeply, at their core, to provoke a response that gives them the cover of moral outrage. The cover that their own lack of personal courage mandates that they must have. Herschel gives good reason to view your local Virginia sheriff with a jaundiced eye, so the desire to push back at the Capitol on Inauguration Day, before the process is started, before the legislation is even formally introduced and voted on, before it gets to the level of local enforcement, is completely understandable. You can only retreat so far before your back’s against a wall, no other option is left, and it’s you or them. Sometimes, though, it’s important to let your opponent make the next first mistake
I don’t have the perfect solution, the perfect response at my fingertips right now. There probably isn’t one. The opposition never rests, they never stand down, largely because the rest of us have to go to work. They will not stop; we all know this and we all know, as TL Davis implies in Newsletter 19, sooner or later somewhere will be the point of initial conflict. Maybe Virginia will fulfill his prophesy; maybe not. I just hope and pray that the pro2A protesters remain calm, remain peaceful, weather the withering onslaught directed at them, and if a mistake is to be made, it’s the opposition that makes it. We cannot yield forever and survive.
So, I’ll be here, attending a local protest if there is one (supposedly so). I can do more good for this amalgamation of movements with my skill set here, for now. I pray for calm among my brothers. We need to recognize who Lucy is, quit being Charlie Brown, and start channeling Sun Tzu.
God help us all.
Phillip Ley MD FACS (they know who I am, just like they know who you are) Minimalmed