Elon Musk is rich. He smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast. He shoots rockets into space — and sends meme coins to the moon (#hodl). He makes badass cars that are good for the planet. He digs big holes, sells flame throwers, and names his children after aircraft. And on occasion, he owns a lib.
I may be old-fashioned, but that’s pretty awesome stuff. I certainly don’t agree with all his antics, but objectively speaking, he is interesting and he is contributing to society in a positive way (a hell of a lot more than any of his critics). He’s at times unpredictable, it’s not that he’s out of control, it’s that he can’t be controlled. And nothing will drive a progressive madder than a person they can’t control.
Obviously, he’s not a typical right-winger and he definitely isn’t a typical left-winger, which by the left’s standards makes him a right-winger. Because if you’re not in lockstep with the Left then you’re far-right or alt-right or a Nazi or whatever.
When Elon fires off a laughing emoji under a Babylon Bee article or calls out Bernie’s bullshit on Twitter, the Left just doesn’t have any recourse. Most big corporate folks play by the rules of the Left, regardless of how often they change. They apologize when they shouldn’t, they make foolish corporate policies to placate the keyboard warriors and they remove products or personnel because some random user on Twitter used a buzzword and tagged their corporate account — looking at you Harry.
Musk doesn’t play that game. He’s not a hero or anything like that, but how refreshing is it to see someone speak freely and not just play along with the political celebrities and woke influencers? The do not comply mantra came about for a singular reason: to refuse Biden’s insane mandate efforts, but I think it represents a bit more.
It’s not like the ‘resistance’ stuff because there’s actual loss happening. In four years, Trump was never even close to the levels of authoritarianism Biden has managed to display in less than one. So the ‘resist’ idea was really just a hashtag. ‘Do Not Comply’ is an action.
It takes a bit of courage and it puts a little bit of your life on the line, which no Resister ever had to do. The Left got to be as crazy as they wanted without any consequences. If a Lib throws a resist hashtag or a BLM square on their social media they get praise hands and adoration. If someone on the right puts a do not comply image on their Instagram they’ll hear about it from every woke friend (right before they lecture you about how problematic you are and then unfollow you.)
The institutions are controlled by the Left. From BLM to corporations, colleges, government agencies, even our military have complied with the insatiable demands of the Left. So resisting was really just complying with the institutional trends.
It was as mainstream as McDonalds — and probably just as unhealthy. People who do not comply draw the ire of the left. Musk is one character in this ridiculous chapter of America who hasn’t let himself be steamrolled. And while an Elon meme calling Senator Elizabeth Warren a ‘Karen’ may seem juvenile and insignificant, it isn’t.
Just look how the left and their media partners responded. There are many ways people do not comply. Personally, I use memes and mockery. Ben, of course, chooses facts and logic. Do what you want — that’s the point. Don’t be controlled or pressured or coerced into doing things you don’t want to do.
Even the tiny concessions will add up and you’ll look back and wonder where your freedom went. Do you feel as comfortable talking about your beliefs as you did ten years ago? Did that happen all at once? Nope. It’s a series of minor inconveniences that we accept as we compromise and compromise and mask and quarantine and flatten curves and lose our businesses and our jobs and our medical freedom.
The left thirsts for control. They demand compliance. Don’t give it to them.
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