Unity Over Clarity: How We Arrived at The Alexandria Attack



By Mike Smith

Beliefs are vehicles. They take us places, and they’re not always where we wanted to go. At least half of America wants unity; the remainder is split between those who don’t and the rest who don’t care. But the biggest casualty of attack is clarity. First, please understand that this violent shooting in Alexandria, Virginia was a terrorist attack. Despite the FBI’s unwillingness to translate English into English through the filter of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, terrorists are defined by what they do, not whether they’re connected to Islamic jihad. In fact, this applies to all of us: what we do is who we are, not merely who we identify with. James T. Hodgkinson, a certified Marxist-Leninist Bernie Sanders supporter, chose to fire upon GOP congressmen as freely as he chose to completely identify with the Left. And Hodgkinson is a “was” now because he chose to fully embody the failure that is Leftism to the very core or his being (the Facebook page tells all). Right to the end, Hodgkinson saw to it that his life and legacy would testify that what killed the Soviet Union’s soul ultimately wasted him too. The death he sought to become consumed him. Folks, if we need any hard proof that Leftism is born of brainwashing, here it is. But behind it all was a set of beliefs.

To understand the power beliefs have, let’s first discard our main distraction. News outlets still give and take from the political tone Hodgkinson set for his own terrorism, but it’s mostly noise. Even as our cultural civil war worsens, we can still agree “the media” is one-sided and will be for some time—we must let them blur moral clarity on their own without confusing us further. Our ability to freely exercise disagreement without fear of violence is fast disappearing, yet we still have control over our TVs and radios. We are also the only ones who can reverse our collective terminal nosedive. Look: facts prove themselves right with or without our input. The only difference is on which side of the facts we end up. And what determines that is our beliefs. They always take us somewhere; there are no neutral beliefs. We go in life where we decide to—beliefs inform decisions. And with few exceptions (like James Hodgkinson, who was truly beyond help), destructive beliefs that eventually leave us unhappy or dissatisfied can be changed any time. Our problem though (and yes, it is our problem) is that too few of us want to change. 

And why is it our problem? Because misery loves company, and will not be bothered by our country’s desire to separate personal beliefs from societal condition. The two cannot be separated: who most of us are is what America is. This is evident in our shared difficulties, continued by witting and unwitting people who are slowly undoing America. Though terrorism is the most violent product of this deconstruction, it still affects few Americans (currently). Whatever fear we have over this threat still harms us less than the increasing popularity of historically violent belief systems. National socialism brought on the Holocaust and World War Two; credit for many more genocides goes to Communism. And both are two sides of the same coin, one that James Hodgkinson tossed and elected to receive. If we continue to value unity over clarity, we will eventually be united: we will be united in pain, made equal by those who believe some folks are more “equal” than others.

James T. Hodgkinson

Mike Smith is a writer, Millenial and nationalist conservative living in Camarillo. He reasons through the written word so clarity can outdo agreement. He desires a government strong enough to protect America, even from itself, so leftism fails.

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