[warning: this post contains violent, heavy handed irony which does not always work in written form. In fact, it didn’t fare much better in an out loud reading, where it caused a tearful plea to please stop reading it (right before the too late redeeming ending, too). Abhorring slavery, assassination, lynching, maniacal use of firearms, it uses violent language to try to show the amount of righteous rage violence unleashes, but it is a dangerous game not to be played lightly, as I have attempted to play it here. I regret any upset this post may cause, even as I leave it here, for whatever redeeming social value it might have. A less visceral, more humane version is here if you prefer your points made less brutally.]
And, with accursed French nuance, I confusingly add that, naturally, it also feels almost irresistibly good to be righteously outraged, you fucking fuck!
What are the laws, after all, but the organized expression of this rage to be right? They are made by those with the power to institutionalize their unfair advantage, no matter how grotesque, and to enforce it by deadly state action, if necessary. Slaves? We need them to make ourselves wealthier, fuck you. Free the slaves? Fuck you, get a rope, we’ll show you how we deal with fucks like you. Oh, go ahead and call the damn sheriff, he can hold the end of the damn rope we hang you from, Mr. All Men Are Created Equal Pantload, sir.
Or even better, and a more recent example– Rumsfeld, after 9/11, facing a reluctant chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Shelton so concerned with legal safeguards for protecting the innocent and due process when using elite, secret black ops squads to kill foreign nationals suspected of involvement in terrorism. “You’re fired, general,” said the jaunty Secretary of Defense, hiring a new guy who agreed that all terrorists and potential terrorists, everywhere on earth, must be hunted down and killed and the more secretively, the better. Any collateral damage? Also secret. State secret. Classified. Need to know. Don’t ask, we kill you.
The funny thing, if it is funny, is that even those circumventing the letter, spirit and intent of even the most high minded laws, or especially those, will hire the best lawyers in the world to write a preemptive justification for why they are legally allowed, even obliged, to not follow the law that they are willfully violating.
Where can we find these legal justifications, we citizen members of the general public of the world’s greatest democracy? Top secret, bitches. We have a 1917 anti-espionage statute carrying the death penalty, you want to be charged and prosecuted under that deadly law, journalist bitches? I don’t think so! You want to act like the truth doesn’t embolden our enemies? Get the rope!
Righteous rage feels good for a second, while you are spraying machine gun fire and screaming at the top of your lungs at inhuman enemies, real or imagined. After that, though, if you reflect for a moment, you’re as likely to turn the gun on yourself as to do anything else. I would err on the side of pausing to take a few breaths before capitulating to rage and smashing your fucking fez.
I would argue, if I was an arguing fellow, that, when not under direct physical threat, being gentle, calm and soft-spoken is usually much more productive than being righteously enraged, agitated, loud, and ready for justifiable violence.
Of course, that’s just me, fucking Ahimsa-Boy. What the hell do I know?