A Small Addendum to “The Unconscious Girds for War”

Kristor recently told us how he had awakened—fully awakened—to the awful truth that things really are coming to a head in the West. Like most of us, he had, of course, talked about these things for a very long time, but talking about a thing is not looking that thing in the eye. We all talk about the four last things, but I know that I, at least, am very far from fully awake to the awful truth of death, judgment, heaven and hell.

There is a reason talkative men were, until quite recently, widely regarded as fools.

We all have a taste for apocalypse porn. We all relish the frisson of outrage when we read that the fanatical left hates and hungers to destroy us. But apocalypse porn prepares us for apocalypse about as well as actual porn prepares a man for marriage. Porn is not a handbook. It is an escape hatch.

Sooner or later, the day must come when talk gives way to the thing that the talk was about. Sooner or later, we will stop singing “She’ll be Comin’ ’Round Mountain” because She will be standing on the doorstep with a horsewhip in her hand.

Here is a tiny piece of evidence that things are indeed coming to a head. Tiny, but I think portentous. Fiddling with my internet connection yesterday, I noticed that one of my neighbors has named their router ImpeachHim. Him, no doubt, being President Trump.

Even if you agree with the sentiment, I think you will also agree that a politicized router name bespeaks a degree of political obsession that borders on fanaticism.  You may say this is just a bumper sticker for the digital age, but I think it is ominous that political slogans are this much on their minds.  I wonder what they named their dog?

13 thoughts on “A Small Addendum to “The Unconscious Girds for War”

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  2. TDS intersects with the clerical sex abuse crisis in that post abortive women have shrunk from confession from fear of being laughed out of the confessional by a sod priest. A huge pent up wave of reconciliation can be expected when good men are perceived to predominate oin the priesthood.

  3. Sooner or later, the day must come when talk gives way to the thing that the talk was about.

    You know what they say: first you think it, then you say it, then you act upon it. Or something like that. No doubt Silent Sam isn’t the last Confederate monument that will come down at the hands of an angry howling mob. They had the whole summer to work themselves up into a frenzy. No telling what their pets and routers are named.

  4. The sense of an imminent explosion is especially intense for those of us who happen to be of the De Maistrean disposition and have somehow contrived to teach college. The institution for which I work has been staffing itself with Title 9 apparatchiks whose only function is to smell out the wicked ones, as defined by the Left, and then destroy them as publicly and savagely as possible. The Great Maw of Prog is hungry for victims and will supply them by ginning up an incident. The approaching midterm elections will also likely be a tripping point whether the democrats do well or poorly. Either way, their rage will self-augment.

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  6. And NO ONE would name their router MAGA since it would attract attention. The Impeach Him router owner has no such fear. Selfrighteous assholes….

    • If there is, I haven’t heard it. But that is not the point of this post. I would see a router named GoTrump or BuildTheWall as equally fanatical. A fanatic has an unhealthy obsession with something, and a political fanatic has an unhealthy obsession with politics. He thinks about politics all of the time, rather like a sex maniac thinks about sex all of the time. And in both cases, this obsession comes out in what they say and do. Political fanatics are dangerous because they moralize their anger and vilify their enemies. Today’s political fanatics haven’t started shooting their enemies (yet), but a day hardly passes without someone’s life being destroyed by political fanatics. I am troubled by the ubiquity of political slogans, and believe no good will come of it.

      • … but a day hardly passes without someone’s life being destroyed by political fanatics.

        Careful not to get too specific, lest you, too, be branded a “racist,” a “hater,” a “bigot,” “misogynist,” “xenophobe,” “homophobe,”… and the granddaddy of them all: an “anti-Semite.” At which point your head, too, will be placed on the chopping block.

      • A favorite bumper sticker reads “Kill all fanatics!!!”
        Trump as object of political fanaticism is especially ironic, given the fact that he is basically Bill Clinton with a speech impediment.

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