Recently a blog entry entitled Tom, Dick and Harry went viral around the III websites. A self entitled “parable” it makes the point that only some of those who proclaim themselves to be patriots really are. It goes on to describe their example of what being worthy of being called such really means.
I see a lot of that in our movement.
Many believe that being a lover of freedom isn’t enough.
There are some of the more well-known tactical trainers that go so far as to proclaim that without their training, folks just won’t make it. Or that once people get their special training, they’ve got to buy and use the trainers “special” gear and equipment.
I particularly get amused by the folks who advertise that their stuff is only for the “serious” III%er.
Some in our movement consistently belittle anyone who isn’t a sycophant of theirs. Others call for the “elimination” of anyone who doesn’t believe as they do.
You read daily of folks providing training (for a fee of course) that is the magical, special, must have training that will make you an authentic member of the III% club.
I call BS on all of them.
At a time where our numbers seem to be smaller than ever, we should be accentuating our similarities, not our differences. Many complain that they can’t find a group to join their “tribe”. Maybe the problem is yours, not the ones that won’t join your tribe.
I spent many years in the Army. I was in units that would be described as the “best of the best” and units that were populated by the category 4 soldiers that the army recruited in the old days. Every one of these units had the so-called “studs” and the so-called “duds”. Every one. Even the best ones have duds and even the worst one have studs. And yet, clever leaders found a way to motivate and get something out of every one of those who volunteered to serve.
In WWII, England formed a 1.5 million member home guard force, entirely made up of people who were determined to be ineligible for military service (at the height of WWII, it took a lot to be considered ineligible). Old folks, handicapped folks, women, etc. The Home Guard even had a number of secret roles that included sabotage units who would disable factories and petrol installations following invasion. Members were also recruited into the commando teams of the Auxiliary Units. Old folks, handicapped folks, women, etc.
Due to logistical issues, they weren’t even all armed!
And we want to proclaim that there is a magical standard that people who believe in freedom must ascribe to?
No one would deny that you need doctors in a hospital. Yet, even the candy-stripers have a role. Infections are a huge problem in most modern hospitals. No one in the medical field belittles the role of the janitors and others who are responsible for sanitation.
We need to stop denigrating and belittling those who come to our cause just because they aren’t exactly like us. Figure out why you claim to be a III%er, lover of freedom, patriot, you name it. At that point, decide if folks are more like you than dislike you. Embrace all who are more like you than against you.
Just because someone doesn’t believe exactly what you believe doesn’t make them evil.
We like to say that we make up 3% of our society. I’d suggest that the truly evil in our society are about the same percentage as us. The rest can all be won over.
Until you demonstrate to me that you are in the evil 3% I see you as a potential ally. Potential allies become real allies based on us, not on them.
I understand that it’s an uphill battle. We have a society where the evil are smarter than we are and consistently demonize us, demonize what we believe in and denigrate all that we hold dear. However, it’s hard to for people to hate us if they know us.
Americans are seeing this right now. Ignore the characters of Trump and Sanders for a moment and see what they represent. They represent a citizenry that is finally fed up with the out of control crony government that we’ve grown into.
The time is ripe for us to grow our numbers exponentially.
Now is not the time to come up with purity standards, contrived litmus tests and other efforts to determine who are “serious” patriots.