By Cliff Heseltine
A while back I wrote a kind of half-serious article “In Support of the Zombie Apocalypse” and in the comments section engaged in a running defense of my assertion that there was no logical, rational way that such a condition as Zombie-ism, as depicted in modern fiction, could actually occur. Well, I stand (partially) corrected . . .
Many may ask, “Why bring this up again, and what does it have to do with The Truth About Guns?”
Well, if you believe, as many of us here do, that the primary purpose of the Second Amendment is to guarantee that the federal government (or any government, for that matter) cannot infringe on our natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, and that the Founders thought this was necessary to guarantee that the people would be able to protect themselves, their property, and as a last resort their liberty against tyranny from their own government, then the potential for Zombies, or a Zombie-like infestation, is cause for major concern.
We all know that the undead Zombies of popular fiction are not and cannot be real, but they ARE a metaphor for a massively catastrophic event in which the social order and government structure simultaneously collapse under the weight of an unforeseen and seemingly unstoppable deadly invasion. Such a scenario, if realized, would place the burden of protecting one’s self, family and community on a strictly personal basis and open the door to extreme tyranny from whatever government managed to survive, or establish itself in the vacuum.
So you need reliable and effective weapons, adequate (or excessive) ammo, survival rations, and a reasonable amount of assets in trade goods and precious metals.
What about the zombies?
Before I go on, please don’t take this as some sort of racist rant against brown-skinned people. I have close relatives with more melanin than President Obama.
Several years ago, about 2009, there was a furor over the “bird flu.” People around the world died and when cases were discovered in Mexico there was some concern of pandemic, but in the end bird flu turned out to be not nearly as contagious or virulent as originally feared. Thank goodness.
Before that there was a huge world-wide scare about Ebola, including books and movies going into great detail about how gruesome death by this disease is and that there was no known treatment or cure. You got Ebola, you died, but not right away and not pleasantly in your sleep. When Ebola didn’t turn into a world-wide pandemic interest in the disease and the Africans it was occasionally killing dissipated.
In the meantime, the American economy is in shambles, we are $17+ trillion dollars in debt, and record numbers of Americans are existing on some sort of government welfare program(s). Our military forces are being drawn down to levels not seen since before WWII. Already the countries around the world who look to America for protection are beginning to get nervous about whether or not we really can or will come to their defense any more.
And at home all the security theater and media propaganda is focused on preventing the next big Islamo-fascist terror attack on our home turf. Everybody talks about it, thinks about it, makes movies and TV shows about it, and considers possible targets and proper prevention or responses.
But recently we’ve started to hear the scary stories about Ebola again. Medical personnel have become infected and been brought to America for treatment with an experimental drug that only we have. The media go on and on about how terrible and dangerous this disease is and that generally speaking there is no cure – once you get it you WILL die a painful and gruesome death.
We can see by recent events that our southern border is wide open. Many tens of thousands of undocumented children from South and Central America have crossed into the U.S., many of them with serious communicable diseases, and our humanitarian response has been to let them enter, and probably stay, get treatment for their diseases, enroll in school, etc.
So we know what the official position is regarding the border – it doesn’t really exist and the current administration/regime is unwilling to do anything effective to close it or stem the flow of undocumented Democrats, I mean illegal aliens.
But what about the zombies?!?
According to Wikipedia: “…the Greater Mexico City population is 21.2 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere…” It would be safe to say that even under “normal” conditions a significant number of those people would jump at the chance to come to the United States. Many millions already have.
But while we’re spending our time trying to predict and stop the next Islamo-fascist attack inside America, why would the terrorists go to all that trouble? Short of a nuclear weapon in a major city the best they can hope for is to piss us off again and wait for our retaliation. No non-nuclear terrorist attack within our borders, no matter how successful, can be reliably expected to destroy America. They may be 12th century religious fanatics, but 9/11 proved they are not stupid.
Is Mexico going to a lot of trouble trying to prevent a terrorist attack? Nope.
Okay, here come the zombies…
Picture this scenario: A dozen Islamo-fascist martyrs are intentionally infected with Ebola. The incubation period is from three days to three weeks before outward symptoms appear. But the victim is contagious for much of that period through simple contact with bodily fluids. These infected individuals enter Mexico City and do their best to intentionally start an epidemic in several different areas of the city. If they are even moderately successful there would be immediate and widespread panic resulting in a mass exodus from Mexico City to…where? The Texas border is less than 600 miles away and is the entrance to the only country in the world known/believed to have a cure for Ebola.
So I ask you: If you are standing on the U.S./Mexico border and you see hundreds of thousands of panicked men, women and children swarming towards the U.S. border, intent on crossing, moving as a mob in desperate fear of the deadly Ebola virus following not far behind them, how would you be able to tell the difference between this hoard and the Zombie Apocalypse? What would you be willing or able to do to stop them?
Knowing that allowing this flood of humanity unchecked into the country would cause untold economic damage and possibly the collapse of our economic and political system, could you, would you, be able to turn them back or hold them at the border? By what means? At what cost? Can you imagine any variation of this scenario which this does not destroy America’s social structure and ability to positively influence world events, given such a catastrophe at home?
And even if the virus never actually spreads to any great extent outside of Mexico City, its effects would be felt world-wide as one nation after another for decades has depended on the United States for security and protection finds itself at the mercy of all enemies, internal and external.
A dozen terrorists infected with Ebola in Mexico City could potentially collapse America as a stabilizing influence in the world and lead to massive world-wide unrest and political reorganization. Since America until now has been the only nation willing and able to block the spread of radical Islam, our collapse would open the possibility for the advent of the “New Caliphate” and this may in fact be the intended end game.
If you have read the book “World War Z” or seen the somewhat similar movie of the same name, you can see the similarity that a pandemic outbreak of a deadly, incurable disease leading to the collapse of governments all over the world could resemble the Zombie Apocalypse, even if the symptoms of mindless, cannibalistic undead creatures are not the same.
Yes, Zombies are the metaphor. Are we prepared for the reality?