I have mentioned before that I am a student of history. As others like myself do, we look back at significant events in our past. We seek out what seemed to be insignificant events at that time but in retrospect were major steps along the path.
We search for the points in history when the fuse was lit, for the missed chances to prevent the war, a catastrophe or the moment when the point of no return was passed. We hope to discover what was not done, but should have been, so that the same mistakes will not be made again.
These key points can cover days, weeks, months, years and even decades to accumulate before the critical mass is reached. You can see it in the lead up to every major conflict in history. You can find the key points in the timeline, when a decision should have gone the other way, or if an action had been or not been taken, that would have led to a much more favorable outcome.
So much bloodshed that could have been avoided if but just one event had gone another way. If one person had stood up and said something else, or perhaps had said something at all instead of remaining silent and vice versa.
A student of history tells you today that we are racing toward another key point today. A student of history sees the signs and fears that all the wrong decisions will be made, all the wrong words will be said. A student of history sees bloodshed ahead.
A student of history is choosing to stand up and try to stop history from repeating itself.
The fuse has already been lit. It happened this weekend in Indianapolis at GenCon 2018. And we have precious little time to cut the cord before the flame reaches the powderkeg and it all blows up in our faces and the blood flows in the streets again.
For some time now, we have seen a group of people we’ve referred to as Social Justice Warriors engage in a full-out assault on gaming, comics, science fiction, fantasy and a host of other areas. Their common tactic is to target anyone to the right of Stalin and paint them as evil creatures. They strip away personhood from those they call enemy so that when they encourage action against the enemy they do not feel any guilt.
For the past several years these people have used false allegations and slander to drive their enemies out of these areas. They seek not only to destroy their enemy’s ability to engage in their hobby, but in many cases attempt to also destroy their way to earn a living or even peacefully exist on this planet.
Recently, many of these SJWs and their followers have coined a disgusting phrase: “Punch a Nazi” and then gone out and slapped everyone they hate with that label. By calling a person “Nazi” they ratchet up the anger and hate in their followers.
It has gotten so bad that even families are being split apart over conflicts in these areas as well as in the political arena. Day by day, week by week, the hatred and the anger has grown, the pressure constantly building up. It was only a matter of time before it could no longer be contained.
Which brings us to GenCon 2018. When YouTuber Jeremy Hambly – who is a gaming enthusiast – attended the con. He went there to interact with his fellow gamers and to have fun with his hobby. Jeremy has voiced his concerns with certain trends he has seen in gaming, concerns over the ways those same SJWs are changing his beloved hobby. Changes he does not like and wants to prevent.
He has every right to voice those concerns. He has every right to disagree with what he sees going on. He has never threatened anyone with physical harm. He has never posted anything – as far as anyone can see – that could even remotely be considered Nazi, much less Alt-Right.
Yet, the SJW crowd has slapped those hateful labels on him and encouraged their followers to “Punch a Nazi” because it is the “right” thing to do.
So there was Jeremy at the end of the Con’s first day, minding his own business, when one of the SJWs loyal jackboots spotted Jeremy and attacked him without provocation. All because he’d heard Jeremy was a Nazi and Nazis are supposed to be punched.
That was the moment when the fuse was lit. There is now an understanding by those who are conservative and those who are not rabid adherents to the SJWs version of “rightthink” that it is now open season on us.
At some point, someone is going to try to “Punch a Nazi” and that person – who is not a Nazi by any definition of the word – is going to defend themselves and someone is going to be dead. At that point, it will be too late. There will be nothing else to do, as history has shown us far too many times, but ride out the tidal wave of fate and pick up the pieces of whatever survives in its wake.
One thing I have never mentioned about myself is this: I was once destined to be a clergyman. I’d heard the calling of serving God as a very young man. I dedicated myself to the path of peace and swore I would never be the cause of harm or death of my fellow man.
Even though a terrible betrayal by a family member prevented me from remaining a minister of God, I have always kept my vow of seeking peace and never raising my hand against another human being.
But I tell you today – as the man who has kept that vow for over 40 years, as a student of history who knows what must surely follow if the course we are on is not changed and soon – I see what happened this weekend in Indianapolis and I wonder if it is time to lay down my olive branch and take up the sword in defense of my life and the lives of others.
I cannot tell you how much typing those words hurts my heart and tears at my soul. But I will not stand idle and allow myself to be cut down by those I have never injured. Nor will many others like me. And when that time comes, when we have decided that enough is enough, it will not end well for those that began this fight, those that lit this fuse.
So I call out to those who have instigated this insanity with the tweets and social media posts to “Punch a Nazi”; to Jack Dorsey at Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook who ban Conservative voices: to those who attempt to harass people out of restaurants and bars; to those who camp out in front of a person’s private residence and threaten to harm them if they step outside; to Cat Rambo at the SFWA who does not forcefully end that institution’s bias against conservative writers; to Mike Glyer at File 770 who actively seeks to destroy the writing careers of conservative writers; to WorldCon and all of the other Cons that ban Conservatives; to anyone who reads this post and has engaged in this conduct or has exiled a family member over political or ideological differences of opinions.
I call out to all of you with this one simple message:
THIS. HAS. TO. STOP. NOW!
You have to stop these calls to “Punch a Nazi”, to destroy a person’s life simply because they don’t share your opinion on any subject. You have to tone done the rhetoric and quit calling for violence. You need to condemn these unlawful acts whenever they occur until they stop occurring.
So far, it has been this one attack in our realm of sci-fi/fantasy gaming/comics/fiction. A handful of punches. Let those blows landed on Jeremy Hambly be the first – and the very last – in this dispute. If we do this, we cut the fuse, we stop the explosion and we end the conflict before it becomes a conflagration that will consume us all.
A student of history, a man of peace, asks you to stop and consider what you do next.
A student of history, a man of peace, begs you to end this madness.
A student of history, a man of peace, prays that you will come to your senses.
A student of history, a man of peace, fears you will not and the bloodshed is inevitable.
This student of history and man of peace once qualified as marksman in pistol and rifle and he is praying he’ll never have to put that skill to the test for the rest of his life.
It is your call. I pray that you make the right one, before the next punch is thrown, so that history does not repeat itself. I prefer the path of peace. I ask you to join me in walking it.
For all of our sakes.