What If..?

 

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!

[photo courtesy of unsplash.com]

Published in Culture
This post was promoted to the Main Feed by a Ricochet Editor at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

There are 69 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Django (View Comment):
    Twice I’ve gotten apologies for their incompetence, refunds that included interest, and a notice that the interest is taxable income. 

    I’m amazed that any part of the US govt. apologized for anything. Nice to hear!

    • #61
  2. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
    Fake John/Jane Galt
    @FakeJohnJaneGalt
    • #62
  3. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    There’s a few early episodes of LA Law dealing with an IRS snafu that were pretty powerful.

    • #63
  4. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    Twice I’ve gotten apologies for their incompetence, refunds that included interest, and a notice that the interest is taxable income.

    I’m amazed that any part of the US govt. apologized for anything. Nice to hear!

    I’m sure it wasn’t official policy to apologize. :-)

    • #64
  5. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster
    @RandyWebster

    Django (View Comment):
    Twice I’ve gotten apologies for their incompetence, refunds that included interest, and a notice that the interest is taxable income. 

    Will they send you a 1099?

    • #65
  6. Django Member
    Django
    @Django

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    Twice I’ve gotten apologies for their incompetence, refunds that included interest, and a notice that the interest is taxable income.

    Will they send you a 1099?

    The standard form such as one would get from a credit union or bank for interest income documentation? Yes, they sent me one.

    • #66
  7. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Django (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):
    Twice I’ve gotten apologies for their incompetence, refunds that included interest, and a notice that the interest is taxable income.

    Will they send you a 1099?

    The standard form such as one would get from a credit union or bank for interest income documentation? Yes, they sent me one.

    They can be very efficient about their inefficiency.

    • #67
  8. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring
    @EHerring

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Britanicus (View Comment):

    I have no doubt that the state will eventually come for our guns, but I’m confused as to how Roe v. Wade comes into play – can someone enlighten me?

    I’m repeating what I’ve heard others say, Britanicus, but I assume that the Left will be so angry and revolted by the revoking of RvW that they will try to disempower us in any way they can; they will want those on the Right to be defenseless and devastated. The Left also believes that we live and die by maintaining gun ownership, so they also believe that we would be as upset as they are about eliminating ready abortion; I don’t know if that’s true or not. And finally, they don’t realize that we know what happens to a country that takes its citizens’ weapons. They will not be taking our guns, and we will fight them over it, fully armed with plenty of ammo. That’s my take, but I’d be very happy to hear from others.

    I remember an Australian saying that when the Army shows up at your door and demands your guns or else — and it will be the roughest damn else you’ve ever experienced –, the bluster fades away and you hand over your guns. Now if the whole armed community stood with you, it might be different, but they won’t. Bongino mentioned “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” and it applies here.

    It is worse than that. The government is good at leverage. While many may be willing to die with a gun in their hand for their rights. But will they be ready to watch their child go to jail or killed for that right? Because make no doubt. They will come at you from every direction. Take all your resources. Take your family resources. Sit your family in jail and destroy their future. Because that is how these folk roll. Total destruction of you and yours.

    They don’t need to do any of that, nor do they need to go door-to-door. All they have to do is freeze your bank accounts and other financial assets.

    Yes, but the government loves leverage. I had a dispute with the IRS a while back for about a $1000 in dispute. So to make the point they took $20K from my bank account then grabbed another $20k from my mothers retirement. Why? Because that is how they roll…..

    We need to end the federal taxation of citizens. Tax the states and let the states decide how to collect the money.

    • #68
  9. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    EHerring (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Britanicus (View Comment):

    I have no doubt that the state will eventually come for our guns, but I’m confused as to how Roe v. Wade comes into play – can someone enlighten me?

    I’m repeating what I’ve heard others say, Britanicus, but I assume that the Left will be so angry and revolted by the revoking of RvW that they will try to disempower us in any way they can; they will want those on the Right to be defenseless and devastated. The Left also believes that we live and die by maintaining gun ownership, so they also believe that we would be as upset as they are about eliminating ready abortion; I don’t know if that’s true or not. And finally, they don’t realize that we know what happens to a country that takes its citizens’ weapons. They will not be taking our guns, and we will fight them over it, fully armed with plenty of ammo. That’s my take, but I’d be very happy to hear from others.

    I remember an Australian saying that when the Army shows up at your door and demands your guns or else — and it will be the roughest damn else you’ve ever experienced –, the bluster fades away and you hand over your guns. Now if the whole armed community stood with you, it might be different, but they won’t. Bongino mentioned “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” and it applies here.

    It is worse than that. The government is good at leverage. While many may be willing to die with a gun in their hand for their rights. But will they be ready to watch their child go to jail or killed for that right? Because make no doubt. They will come at you from every direction. Take all your resources. Take your family resources. Sit your family in jail and destroy their future. Because that is how these folk roll. Total destruction of you and yours.

    They don’t need to do any of that, nor do they need to go door-to-door. All they have to do is freeze your bank accounts and other financial assets.

    Yes, but the government loves leverage. I had a dispute with the IRS a while back for about a $1000 in dispute. So to make the point they took $20K from my bank account then grabbed another $20k from my mothers retirement. Why? Because that is how they roll…..

    We need to end the federal taxation of citizens. Tax the states and let the states decide how to collect the money.

    Is there any real life thing that is analogous to this?  Any other time or place in society where people take from you against your will, and then give some of it back with strings attached?

    • #69
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.