The Tactic of Inflicting Christmas Misery

Whether it’s damaging beloved art or preventing ordinary, innocent, unrelated people from getting to work, the tactic of making people’s lives miserable for the purpose of forcing them to be aware of the cause of outrage has become “normalized,” the go-to tactic of the unduly passionate. You might be able to ignore their cries, but you can’t ignore their blocking a road. You might hate them for it, but they don’t care because they have seized control of your head by force. You might be furious, but to them, they own you and that, as far as they’re concerned, is good reason enough.

Does it matter what the cause is? Whether it’s Black Lives Matter or climate change or Gaza, the people suffering aren’t the perpetrators of whatever wrong is at hand, but ordinary folks who are going about their ordinary lives.

To those causing the harm, their cause is existential and worth whatever suffering they inflict. Indeed, it’s because ordinary people are going about their ordinary lives that they feel compelled to inflict harm, because these ordinary people aren’t committing their existence to the cause as the unduly passionate demand they do.

And it takes very few to inflict a great deal of misery. The will of the few for the misery of the many, but as long as the few believe they are in the right, they have no qualms about making the many suffer. It’s all for the cause, and the cause is good. Plus, it’s fun to protest and impose your will on others, especially if you can wrap in a pretty bow of righteousness.

But as bad as it is on any random Tuesday, they’ve now come for Christmas.

So what if you miss your flight? So what if you can’t get to see the parents, the children? How can you compare the trivialities of your life with the suffering of whatever the cause of the moment is?

The slogan, because they do love their slogans, is “No Christmas as usual” this year.

Pro-Palestinian protestors took to the streets on “Super Saturday” en masse, protesting on the day before Christmas Eve, which is often a time shoppers try to pick up last-minute gifts before the holidays.

The “Shut it Down for Palestine” movement, made up of pro-Palestinian groups, had plans to “organize actions to boycott, disrupt, and rally at commercial centers on Dec. 23,” according to the website of the ANSWER Coalition activist group.

It’s not that people who choose to spend their Christmas protesting aren’t allowed to do so, but that they are using this tactic to prevent others from doing whatever they choose. To the extent that they inflicted pointless misery on random unrelated people who had neither fault nor control over whatever grievance was at hand before, it’s now being cranked up a notch. No longer is it bad enough to stop someone from going to work, or picking up their child from daycare or getting to the hospital.

The tactic fell short. So just as 10 years didn’t end crime, surely 20 years will do the trick. Let’s ruin Christmas. How could they possibly ignore us now?

How does this end? Does it end? Can this generation weaned on imposing its righteous will on others be unbrainwashed to realize they aren’t the avenging angels of god, empowered to cause misery to the heretics? Even those who have had the epiphany of realizing that Jew hatred is very much an integral part of woke ideology fail to grasp that it’s an inherent flaw and not merely one outcome with which they disagree.

But the misery genie is out of the bottle and, despite the near universal criticism if not responsive outrage, they persist in their belief that it works, it’s righteous and it’s a lot of fun. They really don’t care how much misery they inflict on others. How long will others suffer this tactic before it devolves into a far worse infliction of misery, this time on the smug children who never believed they would end up being roadkill?

21 thoughts on “The Tactic of Inflicting Christmas Misery

  1. LY

    You’re not gonna like this but

    Sounds like they are deliberately putting themselves in a position of harm. Run them over, they’ll get the point after a stay in the ICU. Volenti non fit injuria.

    Screw them, play the stupid game win the stupid prize.

    1. ppnl

      Yeah, you might want to think about that “Play the stupid game win the stupid prize.” thing a little more.

        1. LY

          Actually I was surprised you didn’t slap me for that one, then I read multiple other comments in a similar vein and realised that I wasn’t the only one on that point, even if the most upfront.

  2. Rxc

    In every activist movement, it is the most extreme members who drive it, hoping to drive everyone else to join the movement. Unfortunately, there are no activists for moderation, no one with the “fire in their belly ” to succeed at being moderate, and oppose t H e extremists.

    So politics has become increasingly bi-stable. We lurch from one side to the other, changing state only when the loudest people make too many moderates mad at them. The activists do not, they cannot, understand this and become even more angry when the transition becomes very.unpleasant.

    It is a religious difference, and they are never resolved in a way that leaves everyone satisfier.

  3. Mike

    Scott, how does one stay principled in the face of these “protests” without wanting extraordinary punishments tossed at them? I’m having a hard time.

    1. SHG Post author

      You’re not alone. The efficacy of these tactics rely on others obeying the law and not responding with violence. It’s unclear how long until people have had enough.

      1. Keith

        Considering that two of these are now in my town (one in the poster above) and a second planned for the day after Christmas, it’s become so disruptive that this is the only topic of conversation.

        Can you get milk, becomes a question of where these assholes are in which day.

        The amount of cops that have had family and vacation plans destroyed because the day before and after Christmas are now “rally” days, is pretty much affecting every cop we have (100 of em).

        I fear most that it’s a long term strategy to make you insane. Until you’ll do anything to make it stop, even if it’s just joining them.

      2. Hunting Guy

        At some point someone will do like the gentleman in Panama and shoot a protester or two.

        If I get on the jury I’ll vote not guilty. I might be willing to find him guilty of making excessive noise from the gunfire but that’s as far as I’d go.

    2. ppnl

      Well consider this: Your passionate anger at their poor choice of ways to protest is not so different from their passionate anger at… whatever is twisting their tainted undies. The only difference between you is that you have better impulse control… so far.

      It is hard to believe that they think their protests are helping in any way. But do you think that draconian punishment will help anything?

      BTW I dislike the phrase “unduly passionate”. Passion is very often due. It is the lack of impulse control and poor thinking that bother me. The more the passion is due the more important the impulse control becomes.

      1. SHG Post author

        He’s not angry about protesting, but about their engaging in criminal conduct that harms others in the course of protesting. When you’re unduly passionate, you fail to grasp this obvious distinction.

        1. ppnl

          The same could be said about the over the top war on crime. That was also fueled by moral panics and passions. Pitchforks are dangerous implements no matter which side the villagers are on.

          Our passions make this hard to see sometimes.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    These extremists revel in inflcting pain on others, yet complain loudly if the consequences of their actions causes them discomfort. For example the climate activists who glued themselves to tables at a car show and posted whiny tweets when the staff turned off the lights and locked the doors rather than supplying a vegan catered meal.
    The worst of it is they don’t care about convincing the undecided, these acts are solely about gaining clout in the echo chamber. So the Islamic rapist supporters will continue throwing public tantrums as long as those sweet Twitter likes keep coming, and the political establishment condones it.

  5. L. Phillips

    One could hope for a little reflection by the righteous woke over Kent State. But I’m not particularly hopeful.

    1. SHG Post author

      Good to hear from you, Judge. It’s a difficult question since it involves a variety of examples and the UK has no First Amendment, so protest can be outlawed well before it reaches the point of criminal conduct.

      And Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you as well.

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