Conservatives: Stop protesting at Applebee's
Stop that, stop that right now
Around a year ago, I wrote a piece entitled “It’s not cool to get kicked out” where I discussed my begrudging mask-wearing came from a respect for the private property rights of businesses.1 I still like private property rights, but there are very few occasions where I’ll “mask up” without being directly asked. My position on this has definitely shifted after another year of unprecedented tyranny.
I’m not protesting anything, I just won’t be bothered to comply, and if you wear noise cancelling headphones when you shop for groceries and smile at people, I can report it goes OK.
Put another way? I’m not about to walk into a grocery store or restaurant looking for a fight.
Millions of Americans feel angry that they must comply with unscientific rituals like donning a mask for 30 seconds as they walk into a chain restaurant. I stand with them, and it’s why I want to offer a word of caution.
Right Follows Left
We are memetic creatures, this is to say we are beings that have the capacity to copy other beings like us.2 I feel for conservatives and other members of the natal American Right3 whose faith has been shaken over the last 2 years and counting. These Americans were raised to believe the Constitution was like a fence, protecting the precious jewel of liberty. Their politicians - establishment Republicans and nearly every Democrat - were supposed to be standing guard.
As the saying goes, the fox is in the hen’s house.
As the natal American Right searches for how to combat the tyranny, they look to their history books (written by Progressives) and social media (run by Progressives) The answer? Adopt the behavior and tactics seen in popularized protests movements.
That’s not a good idea. To the untrained eye, it may appear that movements like BLM were spontaneous and the cry of the unheard. When you begin to understand how social control works however, you realize that protest movements like BLM only work when the predominate media outlets elevate your profile and provide fair coverage.
How’s that working out for these protestors? Headlines give us a clue
Anti-vaccine protesters arrested in New York during organized 'sit-in' at Cheesecake Factory, Applebee's (The Hill)
Lest you leave this post confused about how depraved the media is, note that each headline refers to the protestors as being “anti-vaccine”
Within the first 2 paragraphs of each article however, you learn no one was protesting the vaccine, they were all protesting the mandate by government. Don’t believe me? Here come the quotes [my emphasis]:
Five people were arrested after a group of protesters stormed a Burger King in New York on Monday night to protest the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Six people have been arrested after a group of anti-vax protesters staged a sit-in inside a Cheesecake Factory in Queens, police said.
About 40 protesters stormed the restaurant inside the Queens Center mall at 7 p.m. Tuesday and refused to show proof of vaccination — in defiance of New York City requirements, according to cops.
The so-called “Battle of Applebee’s” has been fought, after a group of Antivaxxers attempted to storm several restaurants in a shopping mall in Queens, New York.
Footage shared to social media shows the moment that the group entered an Applebee’s in the New York City borough, voicing their disapproval at the state’s new Covid vaccine mandate for indoor dining and other activities as they did so.
Six men at a Cheesecake Factory and four people at an Applebee's in a mall in Queens were arrested Tuesday evening during a "sit-in" to protest against indoor dining coronavirus vaccine mandates in New York City, according to multiple reports.
A group of protesters entered the Cheesecake Factory and refused to show proof of vaccination when a restaurant employee asked them to do so, as mandated by the city, reported the local outlet The Queen's Eagle.
So why weren’t they at a government building?
In no small part this is because most left-wing protests rely on disrupting unassuming people in cities, stores, and restaurants to get their point across.
These Americans who are rightfully upset have watched protestors be handled with kid gloves as they smashed buildings and set them on fire. They have been conditioned to think this is how to voice their beliefs, but they’re doing it wrong. I don’t personally think protesting and activism are how to effect change against the tyrannical Apartheid state. However, I do believe you can still make your voice heard.
If you are a conservative, libertarian, disaffected liberal, or another portion of this natal American Right I’ve made allusions to, you must understand that the powerful like massive protests that call for abstractions like “change” or “less racism” What they despise, are protests that call attention to their tyrannical overreach.
We live in a time where the word “Patriot” in many circles is met with severe distrust. In fact, one twitter count I follow that is called “Patriot Takes” where they “research, monitor and expose the far-right corners of the web to identify right-wing disinformation and dismantle extremist talking points.” I guess in 2022, it is considered far-right to love your country.
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truthfully it’s interesting to read it and see how my rhetoric shifted over 2021
and beings not like us too, but I digress
that includes you disaffected liberals