‘Twas Ever Thus

What Doc once dubbed Fuck You Nation continues apace:

I love everyone on Blue Ivy’s internet Zaprudering every single move Trump makes like it’s complicated. It’s not complicated. What would your racist uncle who has a Hillary nutcracker and is still mad at Jane Fonda do? That’s what Trump is doing. He’s a human e-mail forward.

Like the lib-owning thing is a joke now but that’s all that they have been for a while. A Trumper said to me once, when this kind of thing came up, that “they cut our people’s heads off so we need to teach them a lesson.” You can’t even argue with that, why … what lesson … how does it … look, even if you agree with that tell me how that lesson will be disseminated, like are you gonna send a reply-all to ISIS with the curriculum? How do you think messaging works in, like, rural Afghanistan or wherever? What is the OUTCOME here?

It only makes sense through the lens of Barcalounging chickenhawks with “tactical” grill covers whose only real combat experience is playing Call of Duty when they should be helping their kids with their homework. OTHER SERVICEMEN have said this guy is bad news, like this isn’t a liberal pussy like me saying this while I hug a tree, OTHER NAVY SEALS were like nah, bro, and yet here we are.

Who are we sucking up to with this Gallagher move? Well, it’s the comments section of the Donald subreddit, otherwise known as the comments section of every early conservative blog from 2003 onward. This is the environment that nurtured them, supported them, funded them very well and promoted their op-eds and books when one of them showed more talent than the average potato. Erickson came from this. Ben Shapiro came from this. Half the goddamn Tea Party House Reps came from this, those of the creatures that didn’t spring full-formed from the head of the Kochs. Jesus tits, they haven’t even changed that much. Michelle Malkin is the same asshole she’s always been.

People think Gamergate was the harbinger of this. It wasn’t, god Almighty, it started so much earlier than that. It was Jill Carroll, Graeme Frost, a thousand thousand others that the conservative warbloggers chewed up and spit out for no reason other than that their existence shamed the venal and incompetent. It was Pam Geller screaming that there was going to be a mosque at Ground Zero and everyone dutifully parroting her lines even as they pretended to “debunk” them, as if fact-checking was ever the point there.

So what is the point? The point is that arguing with them is pointless. Just stop thinking you’re gonna convince them Gallagher is really a war criminal, because they’re already on to the next thing, which is likely that some atheist somewhere wants a Festivus pole by the Nativity Scene or whatever. You will never convince them of anything nor NOT piss them off, so just stop it.

Vote, canvass, donate, write, fight, but mostly just ignore the ins and outs of the latest freakout your least favorite cousins are having on social media because if this is where their attention is, they’re already gone and you knew that for sure. Just change the subject.

A.

5 thoughts on “‘Twas Ever Thus

  1. Agreed. Don’t comment at them. Don’t interact with them. They already yelled fuck you at us since 2002 (look at the oldest posts at Sadly, No! one of the best chronicles of the Wingnut era). So fuck them back by voting in massive numbers. Get the turnout up. Just look what we have done in 12 months. A year ago, we had a government shutdown looming and a president who suddenly became depressed thanks to the midterms. Now we have a president who has admitted many crimes and is being impeached before Christmas. That’s progress.

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  2. Tom Streeter says:

    I think the main significance of Gamergate was the mix of tech used, not the messages or messengers (which I don’t think [or want to imply] contradicts your point). [e.g, no ’well actually’ intended]. It’s intellectually interesting if you’re into cataloging all the means by which people can be assholes to other people, but didn’t Say much new with respect to the state of being an asshole. It was old hat.

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  3. Jim Robinson says:

    I have almost started to take them seriously when they start foaming at the mouth about the upcoming civil war.

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  4. Spocko says:

    Excellent post, Athenae! I love this.
    “It only makes sense through the lens of Barcalounging chickenhawks with “tactical” grill covers whose only real combat experience is playing Call of Duty when they should be helping their kids with their homework. ”

    Tactical grill covers!!! HA!

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  5. RetiredPatriot says:

    100% this ^

    Now, if we could only trick them into running Deez Nutz instead of 2 Scoops! 🙂

    RP

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