I've speculated idly in the past, in a few meandering threads, about the problems inherent in attempting to form an *army of cowards*. #conservative
people have this general problem with their movement: right-wing partisans tend towards blustery cowardice.
they're egotists and b!gots; such people tend to assign an absurdly high value to their own skins.
if you could miraculously drop Mr. @Matt Walsh
or Mr. @Dale Partridge
on the front line of some battle they'd race for the rear, saying they were "too important".
because they're cowards they pour out an endless screen of verbiage about how tough and manly and brave they are—for "everyone knows" that #conservatives
are where all the tough manly brave people are. they're always "fighting" (i.e. always puffing out propaganda.)
all the same, though, the right-wing cause may be lacking in bravery but they do have some *boldness*.
they've gotten good at scaring people into thinking they're much more powerful and forcible than they really are. Mr. @Matt Walsh
's bluster is like...this:
that's two red pandas trying to scare each other by standing up to their full height, with their forepaws raised.
gasbag like @Matt Walsh
, every reactionary-b!got preacher like @Dale Partridge
, every @GOP
crook like @Ted Cruz
, has their method.
they all have their ways of trying to sound really tough and intimidating; in fact it's about all they do in public.
the most frequent display of fake bravery that you see from dullards like @Matt Walsh
is cop-worship and militarism. they love thugs in uniform.
that's one reason that right-wing chumps like @Matt Walsh
and @Dale Partridge
are so bad at rational argument: in the back of their minds, their method of "winning" an argument isn't to outlogic their opponent, but to wait for cops to throw the offender in jail.
all arguments devolve into a variant on "my dad can beat up your dad": to be a #conservative
is to believe that nothing matters beyond *raw power*.
thus, right-wing partisans like @Dale Partridge
and @Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️
will never be good at logic: they don't *need* it.
American police tend to be bloodthirsty, b!goted hoodlums, i.e. just the sort of muscle that Mr. @Dale Partridge
or Mr. @Michael Tracey
regards as their "winning argument".
this hasn't solved the "army of cowards" problem. why? well…
American cops are themselves cowards.
if you challenged some @Chicago Police
or @Portland Police
hoodlum with *cowardice*, they'd deny it of course—just like Mr. @Dale Partridge
would deny *his* cowardice—but one can see the cowardice in the way cops "fight". they gather in mobs, like bandits fighting.
they show up in great masses, overwhelming force against soft targets, seeking safety in numbers and a huge amount of padding and armor and Lexan screens—and, of course, they empty whole clips into people at the slightest provocation. that's how *cowards* fight.
that's roughly how @Kyle Rittenhouse
decoyed himself into being able to commit willful murder, despite his utter cowardice: he trained his *reflexes* to the point where they would respond with disproportionate violence against soft targets, when he was _scared enough_.
it was clever—a sort of weaponization of cowardice. that's how American police function as a group: they've turned themselves into live wires who explode into overwhelming violence at the drop of a pin. it's a method that works, but only against the unprepared.
was another manifestation of *cowardly violence*, violence carried out on an unsuspecting crowd.
it's been about the *only* sort of violence that right-wing hacks like @Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️
and @Chaya Raichik
have been able to take pride in.
obsession with manliness and toughness has put the right-wing propaganda movement into a typically self-contradictory, "doublethinkful" rhetorical stance: they claim that only leftists are violent, while bragging about their capacity for violence.
cowards like Messrs. @Dale Partridge
and @Matt Walsh
want to take as much pride as they can in right-wing stochastic terrorism, while also running away from the central truth about the terrorism: it's proof that #conservatives
are inclined to *cowardly violence*.
that is to say, right-wing partisans like @Kyle Rittenhouse
or the #ColoradoSprings
shooter or a @Portland Police
thug are people who (a) enjoy violence and want to do as much violence as they dare, while (b) being cowards about it—going chiefly after *unarmed* targets.
that might be good for oppressing a populace kept divided and weak, thus vulnerable to terroristic violence of the @Kyle Rittenhouse
/ @Portland Police
but how well are such cowardly methods likely to work against determined opposition?
the right-wing blowhards, the @Matt Walsh
/ @Dale Partridge
/ @Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸
/ @Tim Pool
crowd, heap "soy cuck" derision on leftists 24/7, but that's plainly part of their act: this is how they pretend to be brave. it's *bluster*, and it doesn't mean anything much.
ultimately they have their hopes pinned to two armies of cowards, one official, one unofficial: the massed violence of American police, and the irregular violence of terrorists like @Kyle Rittenhouse
and the #ColoradoSpringsMassacre
shooter. they prop each other up.
the @Portland Police
department of @Mayor Ted Wheeler
semi-openly regards fascɪst paramilitary gangs as allies, and that's undoubtedly true for all American police. the chaotic street gangs of the extremist right are, in a sense, the cops' *backup*, doing the dirtier jobs.
it adds up to a formidable number of armed and violent thugs, murderers to the core, even if their cowardice means they're forced to be *sneaky* about doing murders.
is it going to be enough, though? there's way more *people* than cops and fash thugs put together.
what do you think, Mr. @Dale Partridge
Mr. @Matt Walsh
? Mr. @Elon Musk
? or any other #conservative
ideologue who puts their trust in armed thuggery?
think there's enough cops and mercs and fascɪst trash to take on the people of the United States?
~Chara of Pnictogen