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Mike Rowe reminds us of a piece of wisdom from (our latest Cancel Culture target) Dr. Seuss:
Be who you are
and say what you feel,
because those who mind
don’t matter and those
who matter don’t mind.
If you, like me, are feeling lately depressed and distressed by the fundamental attack on Americanism, memes like this demonstrate that Americanism is going to be damned hard to kill. Although freedom is awfully fragile, the key benefit of the 200-year experiment in constitutionally-secured individual liberty is that has demonstrated that it can be done. Rule by tyrants, warlords, kings, potentates, oligarchs, self-proclaimed theocracies, and an over-class is not inevitable or avoidable. A people can (with proper boundaries and attitudes) self-rule to broadly shared benefit. And key to that is “saying your piece” and “giving people a piece of your mind” without being canceled.
There is a muscle memory in a large swath of America that doesn’t get visibly riled very often. And as someone observed that I cannot now recall, clearly quote, or attribute: The Progressives in charge realize that a backlash is coming and they are pushing as hard as they can to install gains in the next 700 days to preserve as much power and control as they can manage. Or, as Tucker has observed: If you treat people as extremists, that’s what they will become.
Progressives “don’t matter.” So for G-d’s sake (and America’s) don’t let them silence you.