2016: Ready-Set-Go!

The 2016 election was destined to unleash chaos and controversy from the very beginning.

The stage was already set.

In spite of having 3 or 4 candidates vying for the Democrats nomination we started the election season with a presumptive nominee in Hillary Clinton. That alone was enough to promise the sort of chaos and vitriol I’m talking about. Her track record was – and remains – crystal clear.

As 1st Lady she proved to be a willing shill for her husband, propping up the embattled Commander in Chief when the proverbial jizz hit the fan, demonstrating she had no problem lying to the public. It was a tactic she used more and more blatantly as her career dragged on.

As a Senator she pushed for legislation to bring “super predator” African American youth “to a heel” and laid the groundwork for one of the most comprehensive pay to play conduits to ever be introduced into our political system. To paraphrase a certain somebody, she and her husband perfected the politics of personal profit and theft (ref. Haiti), and with every elevation to higher positions of power her callous disregard for the truth, rules, and body count rose with her.

All that to say, she was the perfect embodiment of the corrupt establishment.

And that’s only a small part of what set the stage for the rise of the new right.

Less Than

(Nine Inch Nails Less Than)

Not sure if there was any promotion for this, really, but it popped up in my notifications on youtube the other day out of the blue and I was stoked to see it was a full on new song.

Complimentary Motives

Sometimes it helps to write things out even when you don’t share those writings. It helps to clarify, to understand, to process, and I post shit like that from time to time too because, well, why the fuck not, but the sharing doesn’t always matter. I think for writing to be an enduring thing for you… an enduring practice… there has to be more driving you to write than just an audience.

There has to be more than the desire for attention.

People realize that and they think part of their realization means “well, if it has to be more about the love or value of writing itself, as a practice, as a means of satisfaction, pleasure, even as a means of functioning and working through things, then the desire for attention, for recognition, is bad and needs to be cut out.” That’s not exactly how people would phrase it maybe, but…

A lot of the time when people realize this quirky little fact that you’ve got to love the thing you’re actually doing in a deeper way too – about writing if that’s their thing, or about whatever else – they think that the want for being seen, heard, for having your expressions, thoughts, feelings, etc. matter, for having that thing you do appreciated by someone somewhere in the world needs to be excluded, that it’s a distraction. It’s not. It’s an additional driving force, not a distracting one.

It’s not a contradiction to write for your own enjoyment while also enjoying the attention you get, if any. It’s just that one’s more of a driving force than the other and if (or when) you start thinking it’s the other way around you’re not going to be driven enough to bother. The love of attention, recognition, whatever… that’s a secondary pleasure of doing something you can share around.

Maybe it’s not the point but you also don’t need to demonize it.

The dangerous faggot (Milo) is an attention whore par excellence. That invalidates none of the points he’s made in speeches at college campuses, in interviews on youtube and television, and in debates with fairly hostile opponents. None. His love of the attention doesn’t negate his advocacy (both through rhetoric and action) for free speech, for genuine equality in the eyes of the law and the government, for economically conservative values, for discerning and basing opinion on facts.

None of that gets cancelled out by it and, in fact, wouldn’t have been possible without his antics.

All the things that conventional wisdom says would obfuscate and confuse his message, are actually the exact things that make his message and his communication of it to Americans possible. Same goes for Trump and any number of others who’ve learned to effectively shrug off, work through, and even play off of controversies. Hell, the President has learned not just to play off them but to thrive on them; and really, even compared with the likes of a Milo (or a Marilyn Manson) he’s a phenomenon in this respect. No one else has taken it to that level of success.

All that to say, you don’t need to guilt yourself for a lack in “purity of motive”.

They’re not competing motivations, they’re complimentary.

George Patton (Quote)

“Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally.

All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.

You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self-respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.

When you, here, every one of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser.

Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.”

~Gen. George S. Patton, Addressing the U.S. Third Army (June 5th, 1944)