I’ve seen a range of reactions regarding Hillary’s “attack” on the Alt-Right. Initial repulsion towards her rhetoric is commonplace, and disdain for her blatant lies is fully understandable, but the fervor it has stoked within it is undeniable. In light of this massive plug, however negatively presented it may be, we who have been involved in this “paranoid fringe” now have something to be held accountable to. If we don’t wish to be seen as baseless, inconsequential extremists, we have to hold ourselves to the standards we comfortably assign to those we would criticize. This is a time to put small differences aside, and unite to uphold the legitimacy of our movement and its ideals.
This is a call for self-improvement. Although we easily display the strongest political resilience as a whole, as our ideas have been considered generally inflammatory for the most part, we should be compelled to sharpen our intellects and embrace a new sense of diplomacy. As this will undoubtedly usher in a new wave of supporters, we must become more resolute in our political stance, and more discriminatory within ourselves in regards to what is helpful and what is detrimental to our movement. Bickering and kvetching about trivial differences between partisans only serves to internally weaken us. Unwarranted insults and internal accusations of inadequacy and degeneracy should be discouraged, if not eradicated. Boost morale and foster improvement.
Although my opinion might be a little biased, I can speculate that we collectively have the best senses of humor, full spectrum. The association that has been recently made throughout mainstream media outlets between humor and the Alt-Right has been damning in some respects, but the stigma in itself becomes a tool of autonomous discernment. Intelligent absurdity doesn’t primarily attract idiots. It’s not necessary to abandon humor in favor of a staunch, parochial demeanor, but we must become more mindful of what we project and become more mentally and physically able uphold the intrepid values we hold within ourselves. The time for actualization is upon us; although not immediate, we owe it to ourselves and the movement to be fully prepared for organized backlash.
Regardless of how we are portrayed by an untrustworthy media, we should revel in this opportunity to expand and garner support. Build each other up and discard apathy. Do your part to legitimize our movement and realize our future.