The “It Is Us Or Them, So Why Bother?” Mentality

We could be a better society; but why bother? The cops are all militarizing against us and there is nothing we can do but prepare for a “patriot war,” right?

This is why the police “need” machine guns and armored cars.. because we are animals.

According to The Blaze, message scrawled on a destroyed business, “the only good cop is a dead cop” Yeah… that totally helps the cause of the citizens. Well done apes.

As long as we insist on living like rabid gorillas, they will assume we are and treat us accordingly. They have militarized because we have gone feral… PERIOD!

I was asked, “Who the hell is WE?” ”It ain’t me acting like that!”
We…. any of us… What are we doing to stop our neighborhood from turning into this?

What are any of us doing to stop our neighboring citizens from acting this way?
What are we teaching our kids about societal rules?
We claim to want a free civil society then we go about trashing it by looting, rioting, and getting paranoid or violent at the drop of a hat. Then we have the nerve to bitch when they get paranoid and push back. We don’t get to have it both ways.

I hear and read things like: “This is neither my neighborhood nor my neighbors. I have guns and food and I intend to protect my own.”

So instead of addressing the social Ills that led to it we wait and compound the violence because we were to damned scared to do anything else? Brilliant.

Someone actually said to me: “Richard, if you want to turn the other cheek and let someone else harm your family and take everything that you worked for, that’s your choice. It’s not mine. Good luck with it.”

Who the hell is talking about just standing still and letting them harm my family? What kind of asinine straw man argument is that?

To use an analogy from a new associate of mine: “..whats your response when you see a family with a small child who is acting out? Do you: A. Leave the area B. pull out your phone and record how stupid the kid is C. Scold the Child yourself D. Ask the woman if she needs some help?”

I’d add a couple: Do you just let the child scream and laugh about it? Do you add to the problem by kicking the kid a time or two? Because that is what people seem prone to now.

We are in the same damned country at the same time, living under the same conditions. We are a nation in peril. We will all sink or swim together. And here you and I are perpetuating the “us and them” mentality that led to this. And WE ARE ALL going to pay for the result.

No matter how we try to deny it, we are living Planet Of The Apes. Look to the East and then to our own back yard and tell me the gorillas aren’t in charge. What did we as a society do to keep this from happening?

Somehow, it is always about “us and them.” Right or left, it is always about our own interest and not the greater good. We faction off and put on our labels of separation. Never once is it about taking personal responsibility for the conditions surrounding us. Always it is someone else’s fault. Always there is an “us and them.” Never are we a nation united for the common good.

I was called a “statist” by someone asking why I was OK with a militarized police force having and using the tools to stop this, but opposed to people taking the law into their own hands.

Another straw man. I am for a civil society where no such measures are ever needed. I am for a nation of law-abiding and peace-loving citizens who respect their fellow man enough to name state use of force obsolete. But the attached story and the “us and them” mentality proves that a lofty ideal at best.

I’m a statist because I believe in personal responsibility for our actions and our society? Amazing leap. But I would expect no less from people today.

I was asked, “When it comes down to it, you do understand that law enforcement and soldiers will be on the other side, don’t you?”

And you don’t think they have a mind of their own? as to what orders they would follow? You don’t believe that every one of them has a family and interest of their own? You don’t think that they are bright enough to know when the orders they are given are to be weighed accordingly?

I understand that there are a great many people who believe that we will never be able to withstand a complete shut down of our societal structure. And they are right. But they are mistaken as to the reasons why.

I understand that unless we are right in our actions we have no room to bitch.

I understand that hate and fear only feed the beast.

I understand that if we are not righteous in our intent and upstanding in our deeds, we are to blame for how “the other side” views us.

I understand that if there Is no law at all, then we are not a civil society.

I understand that you cannot claim to want your leaders to follow a system of laws on your behalf, then claim the right to act in a lawless manner.

I am fed the “Then cut it all off” line of thought. ”Shut down the government and end all of the welfare and spending, making people have to fend for themselves.”

And, then, we become Greece.

So.. no system for the common welfare or the common defense in your world. Better set to rewriting the constitution.

Your solution is kill the state. So you kill it and replace it with what? You provide for infrastructure and defense, how? You oversee trade and make certain people are acting in the best interest of the whole, how? Oh.. you don’t. You just let it all be everyone for themselves. Yeah… that will work.

I am for personal responsibility for those with the ability. And those who are incapable of self-support must be aided. Who says it has to be the state? Where is your wallet? Where are the churches? Where are the private charities. Let me see… oh… yes… also opposed by both statists and the pseudo-anarchists.

The ONLY way to abolish the state in the lives of individuals and eradicate state interference in the lives of the people, is to live our lives in a manner that causes the state to be unnecessary.

This is ONLY accomplished when we are self disciplined, self controlled, self actuated, and self supported. Teach that to the individual instead of dependence, greed, violence, and hatred for the rest of humanity; and MAYBE in a few generations the state will lose its power over us. But until we are capable of uniting to this cause; we remain subjects of the society as it stands.

And as per my original point: the current state of the emotions and spirit of the nation, makes it clear we are as yet incapable. We used to be capable. But all we have now is “us and them.”

When I present these ideas to the right, I am called a “Statist,” and accused of being a Leftist. It amuses me deeply, because when I present the exact same ideas to the left, I am called a “Right Wing Extremist.”

I always love the phrase “extreme right wing.” It is always used by an “extreme leftist” to describe anyone that dedicates themselves to the principles of personal freedom, individual liberty, and the sovereignty of individual nature; rather than kowtowing to the statist, collectivist mindset that demands that we give up all of those.

Yes, heaven forbid that a person actually believe in the God-given, inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to the point that they believe Christians should be allowed to worship as they see fit; that people should be allowed to speak their minds, or that people should have the ability to educate their own children.

Someone needs to put a stop to these “right wing extremists” who actually believe that people should have jobs, earn what they get, keep a larger portion of what they earn, and not have the government telling them which light bulbs, toilet paper, and food to consume. How dare they believe that they have any right to personal freedom.

What is this world coming to when you have elected officials that actually believe in the sanctity of life, the sanctity of family, and the sanctity of the home? How can we let these “extreme right wingers” keep refusing to wear the death shroud of political correctness, recognize a threat from an actual enemy of the people; foreign or domestic, or want to protect language, borders, or culture?

Who do these “extreme right wingers” think they are advocating the ideas that founded this country and not letting us radically alter every facet of the government to the point where there is not a single area of their lives that is free from the intrusion of government scrutiny?

What will this country come to if people like these are allowed to continue to spread their extremist ideology and teach such principles to the next generation? Why… they might even fail to elect another perfect president like Obama that only wants to do what is right “for the children” when he whittles away at personal liberty and expands yet another piece of an already bloated government.

Can these “extremists” not see that we are only doing what is best for them when we intrude on every aspect of their lives? Who do they think they are?
Funny how right or left the big hangup is admitting that we are personally culpable for the state of our country. I keep hearing that we have no power to change anything and that we might as well just circle the wagons, protect our own, and withdraw from the larger fight.

“It is all rigged against us,” we cry.

“We have no power to change any of it,” we wail.

I wonder what would have been the result if Houston and Austin had said, “Tell Davy and the gang that we are out gunned, out manned, and out spent; and we should just let the Alamo fall.”

I wonder what would have been the result had Churchill’s speech instead contained the words; “We are out maneuvered on the land; We are out gunned in the air; And we are out manned on the sea… Circle the wagons and to hell with France!”

Yet that is what I am hearing from a people facing far less danger, far less physical threat, and far less bloodshed. We look to the East and say, “This is neither my neighborhood nor my neighbors.” We look to Israel and say, “To hell with them. Let them fall.”

And we look to our political situation here at home and say, “We are out gunned; We are out manned; We are out spent; We are out maneuvered. We cannot win and so, we must circle the wagons and tend to our own.”

We want to surrender and give up the fight of liberty, to a corrupt government elite, because we no longer have the will to fight them. We want to back out of the fight and refuse to vote, refuse to rally, refuse to stand for what is right. We assume that we will have no course of action but to take up arms and fight the entire army and police force.

We wring our hands, gnash our teeth, claim that it is all corrupt and beyond fixing. Because it is the easier thing to do, disguising itself as the only thing left to do; We throw up our hands and say, “Why bother?”

That, to me, is the same as surrender. We give up the fight, throw in the towel and say, “I’ll just go take care of my own.”

“The fight is useless and we cannot win,” is the recurring refrain of the people most claiming the title “Patriot.”

To explain why this is the answer of the weak-willed, the bitter, and the lazy, who claim merely to be disenfranchised and disgruntled: I leave you with the words of a few men that said it better than I ever could.

“If not us, Who? If not now, when?” – John F. Kennedy

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel

“If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth…
… Alexander Hamilton said, ‘A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.’ Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace — and you can have it in the next second — surrender.” – Ronald Reagan

Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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