Thursday, January 24, 2013
Haters Gonna Hate...
I see a lot of good folks in the various III \ Prepper \ Gunblog community engaged in some rather grisly sniping at one another. The worst thing about that sentence is that I could easily add "As Usual."
I personally avoid blog drama; my instinct is generally to walk the other way when it becomes a knock-down drag out Flame War. But I feel like I have to stick my dick in the toaster this time, for no other reason than because of my own conscience.
It seems the focus is on Kerodin & Co's III Citadel project. I'm not involved in the project, or the related III arms product, except perhaps for the 18 simultaneous boners I pop when I look at their custom 1911. I personally don't know if a Patriot Fortress is a wise idea, but I'm not some strategic genius, just a perverted stoner with an unsold manuscript and a cheap AK. But I don't get the butthurt from the larger community, and what I really don't get is the people that parrot the butthurt without thinking. (I really expected better of Rawles; being a former spook, you'd think he'd know to check his sources.) It seems like, as the project moves forward, everybody and his brother has an opinion on it even if they have no skin in the game.
Anyway, if anyone wants my opinion, here it is: stow your fucking butthurt, haters. It isn't doing anyone any good. If you think the idea is a strategic and public relations failure, don't send your money. But going out on a mission to tear down something people are trying to build-something that has the potential to be a pretty sweet setup-just because the guy who came up with it is someone you have a personal distaste for...you are hurting your own cause.
There aren't a lot of folks who believe in genuine liberty right now. And part of the reason we are so easy to dismiss as a group is because we can't stop sniping at one another from the sidelines. I understand that all of you are men of principle (This is not a charge you can lay at the feet of Chris By-The-Throat) and that you have all said words you cannot take back with honor. I would not ask you to do so as this would imply that you were not men of principle and it is one of the things I like about this community.
But you can be an asshole with honor, and that is what all of the haters are accomplishing. Honor does not provide immunity from the charge of Being A Dick, and right now, some of you are doing nothing more for our community than that.