Let’s Stop Panicking

By Kevin Wilson

Hi guys, how goes it? I’m fine here, just working on the chili for dinner tonight. I like to get an early start. You know, soak the beans overnight, start cooking in the morning. Add in spices and ingredients throughout the day. It’s a lot of work, but the end result is immensely satisfying.

What I’m trying to figure out now is if I want to make some cornbread to go with it. I know it seems sacrilegious to make chili without cornbread, especially down here in the South, but to do it right, I need to get the cast iron skillet cleaned out and reseasoned. That’s also lot of work though, and I don’t know that I want to invest that much time and energy into it with the kids running around.

I mean, I could plonk them in front of the TV. We’ve been watching Soul Eater together as of late. Go figure Ender’s favorite character would be Black Star. Not at all surprised that Valentine likes Tsubaki, either. They’re already talking about Halloween costumes. (I reckon Francis could try to get in on the action as Maka, but she’s been Elsa the last few years and I doubt she’s going to try to break the streak.) But I do try to limit their TV time as much as possible, and what with Ender starting kindergarten in a few weeks, I want him to have the chance to play and work out his restless energy before starting school.

What, you were expecting a rant about something? Maybe Nazis?

Nah, I’m good. I think we as a country are good on that front.

Say what you will about statues or Trump’s response, or whether Antifa is just as bad. I’m sure we will over the upcoming weeks and months. But the Nazi thing? I think it’s safe to say we can stop panicking.

There’s been a lot of bickering back and forth since Charlottesville over just about everything, but if there’s one thing we can absolutely be certain of, it’s that everyone hates Nazis.

See, I’ve taken great pains to make sure my Facebook feed isn’t just another echo chamber. Politically, I’m fairly centrist, and actively antagonistic towards both the Left and the Right. In order to make sure I don’t get my head too far up my ass, I try to read and follow opinions and discussions from friends and acquaintances from all walks of life and all sides of the political spectrum.

It’s annoying sometimes, especially when they start sniping at each other in my feed. Just this morning, I had a guy in my unit (affectionately known as Ass Chin) share a video related to an discussion (read: protracted three day argument) we had in Romania. And out of the woodworks came a guy I went to basic with and haven’t seen in a decade to pick up the argument. Ass Chin is a fan of Trump. Would probably wear a MAGA hat if he wasn’t already ginger. The other guy is very much a Washington brand liberal.

Needless to say, they didn’t hit it off well.

However, they do have one thing in common: they both hate Nazis.

Everyone, regardless of how radical their views might be, seems to hate Nazis. Republicans hate Nazis. Democrats hate Nazis. Libertarians hate Nazis. Communists hate Nazis. Anarchists hate Nazis. The only people who don’t hate Nazis are other Nazis, and even then it’s kinda iffy.

So, everyone, let’s take a step back, take a few calming breaths, and maybe have a drink. Nazis aren’t going to take over. The entire nation rejected the Nazis in Charlottesville. We might bicker over whether or not they were rejected enough or in the right way, but hey, it’s a start. I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about Nazis trying to take over. And if they do, well, there are three hundred million guns in America, and untold trillions of rounds of ammo. If the skinheads get too uppity, we can all go hunting together.

Suck on that, Europe.





Kevin Wilson is an artilleryman in the North Carolina National Guard. His hobbies include reading, writing, and looking down on Star Trek fans. He also enjoys whiskey and long walks on the beach, so long as they don't actually involve long walks or beaches. You can follow him on Twitter @gatling216 but we really wouldn't advise it.

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