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The fears and hesitation that are being expressed by some of us on the Right are cringeworthy. The list of concerns is piling up, and it’s always a valuable strategy to plan for the future; but we must stop developing rhetoric and actions that paralyze us when we worry about what might happen in the future. This kind of talk is stultifying, contagious and if we are serious about fighting back against the government’s attacks on our freedom, we have to reframe what is happening. Just what am I hearing?
- The Left will initiate riots if Roe v. Wade is limited or eliminated.
- I’ll lose my job if I don’t comply with my employer’s mandates.
- The government will resort to more lockdowns and other mandates.
- The container ships stuck in the harbor will ruin our Christmas.
- The cost of gas will limit my Christmas shopping and other expenses.
- The new variant will cause a panic.
- They will try to close the schools.
- If Roe v. Wade is revoked, they will try to take our guns.
This is only a partial list; I’m sure many of you could point to other fears that are being expressed. And it’s understandable that we are alarmed about the potential freedom-limiting actions that could be tried over the next few months. But we can’t let our fear cause us to pull back or remain silent. None of these possibilities are etched in stone.
So what should we do?
- See if the riots begin again. Shout from the rooftops that law enforcement and the National Guard should shut down civil unrest at the first sign of violence. Don’t let the media dictate your words and actions. Bombard your mayors and governors with emails and demonstrations that declare our insistence on peace and calm.
- If your employer demands private medical information from you, tell them no; you don’t need to make threats. Then wait and see what happens. If they set new deadlines, ignore them again. (Hat tip to @seawriter .) You should wait to see if it’s a bluff. If they fire you, work to organize your fellow employees to protest the mandate. If enough people resist and know that others are doing the same, your employer will likely back down.
- Refuse to comply with lockdowns. If you have a business in a small town, organize your colleagues to protest and keep your businesses open. Let the town cite you. And still keep your business open.
- If you don’t receive items you planned for Christmas, be creative! Offer coupons to the people who don’t receive their gifts, to be redeemed as soon as the gifts arrive. Or reduce your gift list. Or cook, sew, knit something that offers a personal touch. Teach your kids that this is how you live big with less.
- If you have less money to shop with, don’t run up your credit card. Again, be creative. Do something as a family. Have a baking party. Design an exotic meal cooking party. Do something that everyone can participate in and enjoy their time together. It will provide memories for years to come.
- Wait and see what happens with Omicron. All indications are that it will spread widely but mildly. I said recently that since most of us will catch the virus at some point, I vote for this variant for myself.
- If they try to close the schools and you didn’t take action before, you’ll need to consider homeschooling, private school, or pod schools. We can’t tolerate hurting our children again.
- If the Left threatens to take our guns, arm yourself. I think their reaction will be a lot of empty bluster. But be ready. Pay attention.
We must couple our alarm with acting rationally in spite of our fears. This is not their country to destroy. It is our country to preserve and protect.
Let’s act like it!
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