After struggling on January 6 to listen to President Biden and Vice President Harris, and their exaggerated and absurd historical comparisons, and what their administration and the mainstream media like to call an insurrection, I came away with a simple conclusion. Perhaps it is time for our declining American society to embark on something completely different – a quiet revolution.
Not one of those nasty and embarrassing Bolshevik, Social Democratic or Anarchist revolutions full of assassinations, burning cars and buildings, or attacks on unsuspecting citizens. These revolutions just make us late for work, which is what the United States exists for. What America needs is some kind of revolution that, among other things, restores the Bill of Rights and marks a return to civility among our citizens (who, for the time being, would not recognize civility if they hit them in the head with a bicycle lock).
And it should be called, A Quiet Revolution, and its fighters must be citizens still capable of quiet debates and quiet evenings at home. While this is by no means a pacifist revolution, it will be a hell of a more reasonable sight than the cesspool of adrenaline and nonsense that America has fallen into. Americans must be firm in their resolve to stop the madness.
The symbol of A Quiet Revolution will be the drawing of a man and a woman, side by side, back to the artist. This symbolizes the movement’s total rejection of illogical people. It starts with a person, faced with someone’s tyrannical temper tantrum, saying, gently but firmly, either “Shut her up” or “Please stop talking to me.” That being said, the speaker simply turns his back on the aggressor. Now, what happens next is pretty important: the speaker turns away and focuses on something pleasant but doesn’t walk away. A Quiet Revolution begins with a fearless rejection of offenders. Of course, this is likely to make the offender even angrier; nevertheless, the revolutionary must hold firm, repeating the phrase of rejection if necessary. This is the first step.
The next stage is slightly more aggressive. The revolutionary says “No, thank you” to offer to debate the agenda-driven fallacy. It’s about reaching out with one or both arms to protect personal space, a statement of support for individual freedom and privacy. If an offender is in this personal space, the revolutionary is allowed to be pushed lightly. Under no circumstances should the revolutionary manifest his anger, through body language or facial expression. The revolutionary must find something to produce a little pale or sardonic smile. So they will understand each other.
Offensive comments directed at the revolutionary should be treated with courtesy, as one would react to a joke in bad taste. The mouth forms a slightly gaping smile, while the other facial features remain blank. In my past experience, this reaction, if displayed long enough, always leaves the offender embarrassed, feeling like a fly on a plate. It is a meaningful act that teaches others who may not have joined the cause to examine their own behavior, in other words, it teaches.
From these three simple steps, derived from a polite society hundreds of years old, blooms A Quiet Revolution. Americans must turn off their televisions! They should avoid businesses that allow or encourage uncivil acts! They must come out of classrooms, churches, congregations, and other congregations when they see or hear of agenda-driven brainwashing attempts! Americans must vote in every election! Americans must also vote with their feet, shaking off the dust of tyranny! In the purest American style, they must strike in the wallets of the violators!
A Quiet Revolution can look like many avant-garde notions that, at first glance, are too simple to work with; however, think about it and begin to observe those depths of opportunity that will short-circuit the monstrous machine that our American society has become.
In a Constitutional Republic, power rests with the people, and “We the People” must immediately find a way to quietly begin to put America back on track.
Larry French lives in Butler. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and teaches composition and literature at East Tennessee State University. You can reach him at [email protected]
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