Day 17: Epiphany

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Wearing a MAGA hat has evolved into the “new normal” for me. The novelty has worn off; I’m trying to remember what it was like before I started wearing the hat. The angry stares are now insignificant. The hat has become just another part of my wardrobe: I wear pants, I wear a shirt, I wear shoes, I wear a MAGA hat.

Something else that has evolved is the way I interact with people in anonymous settings while wearing a MAGA hat. When I first started wearing it, I was hyperaware of the hat and hyperaware of people’s reactions. Now, not so much. People like it, don’t like it, or just don’t care. And neither do I care anymore what people think of the hat, unless someone shines a beaming smile at me or shouts out his support.

The reason I’m wearing the hat has also evolved. When I first started wearing a MAGA hat, it was specifically to show my support for the Covington boys, and to resist the vicious media propagandists and their brainwashed followers who maligned the boys.

But the Covington incident touched a deep nerve within me. Ever since the mid-1980s, when I read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, I have been acutely aware of the erosion of freedom in America.

Although Rand’s masterpiece was an epiphany for me, I experienced an even greater epiphany one day while I was reading the book. I was sitting on a bench in a hallway of the Hanes Art Center at the University of North Carolina, where I was studying art history. An acquaintance walked by, noticed what I was reading, and sneered, “Eew! you’re reading that?”

I was nonplussed by her tone but merely replied, “Yes, it’s really good. Have you read it?”

She replied, emphatically, “No!”

Her self-righteous condemnation of a book that she had not even read momentarily stunned me, but then it was as if a light had suddenly been switched on over my head. I instantly understood the essence of the Left: intolerance, censorship, ignorance, brainwashing, and totalitarianism.

Suddenly everything fell into place.

So, at least I learned something worthwhile in college, unlike most kids today who leave college knowing literally nothing about history or the great achievements of Western Civilization. Nothing.

But I was fortunate. I grew up in a cultured and educated environment in the 1950s, America’s golden age. I entered elementary school in 1957, before the left-wing totalitarians took over academia, the media, religion, and science. My teachers in public school did not have ideological axes to grind; their goal was not to brainwash but to teach, to open our minds to the wonders of Western civilization, and to the wonders of the universe. It was the Space Age, when anything was possible. Our minds were free then, free to think, to imagine, and to dream.

When I was in junior high, in the 1960s, one of my social studies teachers taught us about Karl Marx, in a completely dispassionate and neutral manner. He simply presented the facts to us. From then on, I was aware of the phrase “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” I didn’t think much about it at the time, but that phrase – which summarizes the fundamental injustice of Socialism – was planted deeply within my subconscious mind and would slowly but inexorably work its way to the surface of my consciousness when I became a self-aware adult.

Then, in high school, I was required to read Fahrenheit 451, Animal FarmBrave New World and 1984. In the eleventh grade I was required to read Voltaire’s Candide, and was also required to translate Racine’s Phaedra from the original French into English. Before I could leave high school, I was required to read The Canterbury Tales in the original Old English. This was at a high school in rural North Carolina on the far outskirts of Charlotte (admittedly, I was in the advanced classes).

I’m one hundred percent certain that the typical high school student today has never even heard of Chaucer, but he (oops, I mean “ze”) probably has heard of J. K. Rowling and the depressingly overrated Toni Morrison.

The damage to my country inflicted by the Left—the damage to every aspect of our society—is what enrages me. The dumbing down of the American public is just one thing in a long list of left-wing crimes against our country, but it was always a key component in the Left’s plan to turn America into a brainwashed, totalitarian, socialist police state.

Initially, I donned a MAGA hat to show my support for the Covington kids. Now I wear it to support the Covington kids and to defend freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and all the freedoms guaranteed to us by the Constitution of the United States.

I wear the hat to resist the left-wing totalitarian fascism that was unleashed in this country when the communist puppet Obama was elected president by the uneducated and brainwashed voters in America.

I wear the hat to support all people who revere freedom, in my own country and everywhere on this planet.

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25 Responses to Day 17: Epiphany

  1. Happy in Australia says:

    My MAGA hat is pink.
    My daughter sent it to me from LA way way back, before Trump was elected.
    I’m so proud of it, and of you!

  2. Brian Joseph says:

    More, please.
    Thank you.

  3. Wonderful, inspiring read — thank you! Got here via a sidebar link at Ace of Spades HQ blog.

  4. Dana says:

    A really fun read. You inspire me. Although I think Portland, Oregon might be a bit more dangerous.

  5. Mo Donegan says:

    You are my hero! Please keep wearing and writing!
    Can I please send you some coffee?

  6. Jan says:

    Friendly suggestion: Start a new post for each entry. That way, they will appear in recent-to-past chronological order and be easier to read and follow.

    Thanks.

    • Aristo says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Jan!
      I’m going to implement your suggestion as soon as I can figure out how to do it (I’m new to the world of blogs). I thought all I would have to do would be to choose a template (oops, I mean “theme”) and then fill in the empty fields with Word docs, then press an “upload” button. Hah!

  7. HughDePayens says:

    Wow I am embarrassed to say that I don’t have your gutsy ability to look for confrontation. Thank you for this well written piece…I think it made me realize how much of a pussy I have been.

  8. Skofla says:

    I would marry you in a New York minute!

  9. steve from Canada says:

    I really enjoyed your blog. Keep it up.

  10. Debby Doberman Schultz says:

    Also linked here from Ace of Spades hq, nice story, this is also true in Massachusetts.

  11. Maixiu says:

    The left holds “Pride” parades to flaunt degenerate behavior in everyone’s faces, so why should anyone be cowed over wearing a simple, inoffensive hat in public? I wear my MAGA hat often. I’ve had a few unhinged lefties get triggered, but honestly I get compliments on it far more often.

  12. Jim Smith says:

    Heck, *I* would marry you in a New York minute…and I’m not even a girl (or sexually confused)! 🙂

    • Aristo says:

      Thanks, Jim. Two marriage proposals in as many days. I am sincerely flattered. And, I am single, by the way . . . ; – )

  13. Brian Joseph says:

    Why not publish this as a regular blog where readers can get notifications when you post something new? You could build a community right here. Your writing is lively, incisive, fresh, amusing and compelling. It’s something that could eventually attract a real following – even if it starts slowly. And if it doesn’t, so what? You’re writing it anyway, so why not just make it a little easier for people drop in?

    • Aristo says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, and kind words. When I first created the blog, I had no idea how to do it, which is why the first post was so annoyingly long. I took your advice and broke up my initial post into separate posts, although have decided to order all posts chronologically.

  14. SagaciousSamurai says:

    I got here via the Ace of Spades link bar too. You inspired me to get my MAGA hat from the souvenir shop at Vesey and Church on Tuesday. I hadn’t realized how easy they are to get it. I excitedly told all my friends that I got one. I haven’t thought of a good time to rock it. (I live in uptown Manhattan.)

    • Aristo says:

      Way to go, Sagacious! I’d love to hear about your experiences wearing The Hat. I’m going to start a Meetup group where MAGA hat wearers (all three of us, at this point) can get together and raise our glasses to freedom and share our revolutionary stories. I’ll sing the Star Spangled Banner (if anyone should want to hear it), the melody of which – as some of you may know – was based on the old English drinking song “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

  15. Huck says:

    Keep up the good work. I’ll have to visit Trump Tower to check out the MAGA selection. A meetup group in NYC where we can commiserate while wearing MAGA hats sounds amazing.

  16. tk says:

    I’ve no idea how the friend who shared the link with me found it but I’m glad he did because I’m enjoying this SO much. Thanks!

  17. Chris says:

    You’re awesome. Took me a moment to realize I was reading your blog and not my journal. Since I don’t keep a journal, it was a brief moment. In short, this is my new favorite blog. Godspeed.

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