In September, I posted an old clip on Twitter in which the late Joey Boots of “The Howard Stern Show” fame confronted Tucker Carlson, who was fishing in Central Park.
I captioned the clip, “Tucker is a legend for this.”
I didn’t think the clip was that remarkable, so I moved on with my day. But then something interesting happened. The tweet went viral. It became my most liked and retweeted post of all time, by a longshot.
Now I don’t mean to brag, but as a C-List internet celebrity I’m used to my tweets receiving a fair bit engagement. Still, it struck me as odd that this particular clip received so much attention, and I’ve thought a lot about why in the intervening months.
In the video, Boots attempts an ambush-style interview of Carlson, demanding to know whether it’s legal to fish in Central Park. In turn, Carlson asks why Boots is filming their interaction. The first few seconds of the clip are tense, and the stage appears set for a Carlson meltdown. But instead of blowing his lid, Carlson calmly diffuses the situation, explaining that he is fine with being filmed in public and that it is indeed legal to fish in Central Park. The pair then chat like old pals about fly fishing and Joey Boots’ fondness for filming that which he finds interesting in New York City.
In the time since that video went viral on my Twitter page, the flaming garbage heap of stupidity, evil, and authoritarianism that is our ruling class has ratcheted up the contempt with which it treats us. That contempt has always existed, but it was exacerbated by the prospect of the reelection of President Trump.
Remember when our Big Tech masters barred us from sharing the New York Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop escapades and the sketchy foreign deals it contained in the lead up to the November election? Remember when the senile septuagenarian pretending to be “president-elect” dodged all but the most softball questions during his basement campaign? Our esteemed media preferred to ask Biden about his favorite flavor milkshake instead of why his crack-smoking son, who is under federal investigation, setting up companies for business deals in China and Ukraine with business partners who are currently in jail.
How about when the Centers for Disease Control conspired with the DNC to turn a bad flu season into a nationwide crisis, conveniently giving President Trump’s enemies a reason to implement vote-by-mail, all while criminalizing the breathing of fresh air and gathering with your family and friends during the holidays? And what about the courts refusing to hear almost all of the cases brought by the Trump campaign and his supporters challenging the validity of the results of a constitutionally questionable and never-before-tried voting method?
These are just a few recent cases of our smug and sanctimonious rulers flipping us the bird and doing whatever the hell they want, simply because they can. They enjoy demeaning us. They laugh while they take our dignity and our freedom and our country and our livelihoods from us.
Ordinary people are so used to being trampled upon by mealy-mouthed weasels in Washington, lying shysters in the press, and former high school locker adornments in Silicon Valley that the prospect of the ruling class stealing an election on November 3 registered to normal Americans as nothing more than an average Tuesday.
And none of this is to mention that the ruling class is a completely meritless mob in the first place.
The average truck driver, upon whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would just as soon spit before engaging in conversation, is overqualified to serve in Congress. The blue checkmark journalists on Twitter have tens of thousands of dollars in outstanding student loans, which they used to purchase a career in a dying field that’s been all but replaced by the camera on your iPhone. As far as I can tell, Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn’t seen a patient since his medical school residency in the 1960s.
Yet these people, despite having never earned it, are the ones with authority. And they use that authority to piss down your leg and tell you it’s raining all day, every day.
Which brings us to the reason why the clip of Tucker Carlson fishing in Central Park was so remarkably popular, even among people who said they didn’t like Carlson’s politics.
It is precisely because Carlson, a self-admitted member of the elite class, didn’t lose his cool with Joey Boots. He didn’t pull rank. He didn’t have the “do you know who I am?” moment that we’re so accustomed to seeing from authority figures. He treated Joey Boots with dignity—the exact opposite of what we have come to expect from powerful people.
That Americans are so starved simply to be treated with respect by the ruling class is sort of a terrifying prospect. After all, we’re supposed to be in charge here. The overpaid functionaries in Congress or the executive branch are supposed to work for us.
I wish the answer to our current power struggle was the return to civility by all parties. It’s not.
The only chance you have to wrestle your republic back from the vile morons who have stolen it is to treat them with utter disdain, just like they treat you.
Let them know that under no circumstances will you submit to their false authority. Laugh in their faces when they bark orders at you. Flout their stupid rules at every opportunity. Give them a wink and a nod when they shout their directives, and then ignore them.
Show them a mere fraction of the contempt they’ve shown you, and watch them fold like the cheap suits they are.