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Jake Gardner & the Dissident’s Dilemma

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Are you furious yet?

White Americans: If the recent Jake Gardner affair has taught us anything, it’s that our elite that now occupies most of the government and nearly all of the mainstream media has rigged the system against us. We simply cannot win when playing by the rules. Jake Gardner knew this, which is why he so tragically took himself out of the game.

For a quick recap, on September 16th, Gardner, a white Iraq War veteran and vocal Trump supporter, was protecting a bar he owned in Omaha, Nebraska from a Black Lives Matter mob. Rioters chucked a street sign through one of his windows, and then knocked his elderly father to the ground. After helping his father, Gardner lifted his shirt to reveal his gun to the rioters, and then backed towards his bar. This prompted two rioters to jump him from behind. Gardner fired two warning shots to get the rioters off of him, and was jumped again, this time by a black criminal named James Scurlock.

Ann Coulter described this Scurlock creature best:

At 22, Scurlock already had a rap sheet a mile long, including home invasion, assault and battery, domestic violence — and, of course, he was in the middle of a crime spree that very night. Methamphetamine and cocaine were found in his urine.

Finding himself in a chokehold, about to pass out, Gardner did the only thing he could to save his life: he shot and killed the feral thug. I covered the coda to this depressing story in my previous article, “This is Why We Had Segregation:”

Initially, the DA ruled the killing self-defense. But after rioters threatened him at his home, he allowed a black special prosecutor named Frederick Franklin to investigate. Franklin filed charges against Gardner for manslaughter, first-degree assault, and making terrorist threats. Gardner committed suicide as a result.

Jake Gardner knew he couldn’t win. Or he knew he didn’t have it in him to take on city hall. Was he wrong? Note how prejudicial this prosecutor was when justifying his decision to bring charges against Gardner during a press conference shortly after Gardner’s death. After expressing his irrelevant admiration for football player Gayle Sayers, Franklin explained that Gardner’s equally irrelevant appreciation for President Trump and disdain for the BLM riots were factors in his indictment. He also equated Gardner’s lifting of his shirt to making terroristic threats, and Gardner’s sitting out the riot in his bar with the lights off with setting up an ambush.

In other words, this black special prosecutor completely abandoned Occam’s Razor and warped all understanding of proper human behavior in order to ludicrously paint Jake Gardner as a villain. He trashed all presumption of innocence and gave Gardner absolutely no benefit of any doubt. As I see it, Franklin believes Gardner wasn’t there to protect his business, he was there to hunt black people; Gardner wasn’t an honest man acting in self-defense, he was a bigot standing in the way of racial equality. Furthermore, Franklin downplayed the crimes of the rioters. To him, it seems, they weren’t mindless hooligans intent on destruction and mayhem, they were righteous protestors fighting for the dignity of African Americans. The crass racial favoritism here should obvious.

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This is how the Left operates. It twists the mundane and the commonsensical into the preposterously political. This tactic might be merely dishonorable during a debate among professional politicians. But when uncorked against a regular civilian, it becomes tantamount to using the prosecutor’s office as a weapon. It could even be viewed as a government’s declaration of war against a substantial portion of its population.

It seems that Frederick Franklin saw Jake Gardner as a white man who did not wish to submit to the Black Supremacist mandate of Black Lives Matter, and decided to punish him for it. Not only this, but he did so by popular demand. Many, many people on social media were calling for Jake Gardner’s head.

How can one man stand up to this? Gardner was facing the twin threats of a hostile government and a hostile populace. He was probably also aware of the retaliation murder of a Trump supporter in Portland after the Kyle Rittenhouse affair back in August. Perhaps he felt that every moment he kept breathing was endangering other innocent people who might suddenly find themselves in the crosshairs of Antifa or BLM. Perhaps he did not want to escalate. Who knows?

But one thing we do know is that Jake Gardner is not merely evidence for the naked oppression of white people — he also embodies what I call the Dissident’s Dilemma. The elites of our society are slowly stripping away all viable options that a dissident has at his disposal to remain in public life. The Founding Fathers had tried to bake such options into the constitutional cake 250 years ago, and now the Left has mustered enough power to begin undoing all of that.

  • Gardner did not have freedom of speech. Franklin used Gardner’s text messages against him — messages that showed Gardner expressing his constitutionally protected right to disapprove of the riots.
  • Gardner did not have the freedom to bear arms. Just sitting in his bar with a gun with the lights off constitutes setting up an ambush with the intent to kill, according to Franklin.
  • Gardner did not have the right to vote Republican. His support for President Trump was one reason for Franklin’s indicting him in the first place (otherwise he wouldn’t have mentioned Trump at the press conference).
  • Gardner did not have the right to own property. The mob was raging through Omaha, and the police were not there to protect him. Gardner himself became a criminal the moment he stepped into that void left by police.
  • Gardner did not have the right to rent property. His landlord immediately evicted Gardner’s two bars after the incident.
  • Gardner did not have the right to defend himself. Franklin offers no appropriate course of action Gardner could have taken other than allowing James Spurlock to choke him unconscious and then kill him.
  • Gardner did not have the right to raise money for his legal defense. GoFundMe took care of that.
  • Gardner did have the right, but not the option, of civil disobedience. He could have considered the advantages of being a political prisoner if he ever were convicted. But, as we all know, the preponderance of blacks and Hispanics in prison would have made his life intolerable, if he were allowed to live long in there at all.
  • Gardner also barely — just barely — had the right to defend himself against Leviathan in court. He could have done so, but at tremendous cost, both financial and emotional. It would have taken everything he had, and all Franklin would have needed to sink him was a handful of jurors or one judge who is as unreasonable and vindictive as he is. Pretty good odds of that, right?

So with all of these rights stripped away, what is a dissident to do? And make no mistake, Jake Gardner became a dissident the moment he decided to stand up to Black Lives Matter terrorists. I’ve addressed this question many times before and have laid out various options, such as forming a white underground railroad, weaponizing money, and wargaming secession.

Aside from mourning Gardner’s passing and never forgetting what he now stands for, dissidents should also be aware that each outrage such as this swings the argument further and further in their favor—and the 2020 list of outrages is growing longer and longer: the McMichaels, the McCloskeys, the Wuestenbergs, Derek Chauvin, Garrett Rolfe, Kyle Rittenhouse, and now Jake Gardner. These are all white people who were persecuted by our government, by cancel culture, and by Leftist rage mobs simply for defending their own lives with firearms — as is their unalienable right. The message is clear: when it comes down to life and death, the Left does not want white people to live. The Left sees any dispute between a black and a white as an excuse to condemn the white and exonerate the black — all pertinent evidence and information be damned.

Dissidents must never shut up about this. We must act with tremendous urgency when convincing conservatives, libertarians, and anyone else still perched in the political center that the Left and its BLM/Antifa foot soldiers is nothing less than a racist, anti-white hate machine which would strip away all rights from white people if it could.

The persecution and subsequent suicide of Jake Gardner still infuriate me — but I am heartened by one tragic consolation: he ultimately made our arguments just a little bit stronger.

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  1. Anthony Kimball
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Sad but true, most white americans (obviously not including readers of this and similar websites of course) are still unaware, even at this late hour, that they are being, and have been for decades, specifically targeted for gradual extinction. One would think that, by now, the list of white victims at the end of this article would be enough to finally rouse our people from their slumber, but I’m afraid it will take many more such casualties before we see any meaningful and sustained pushback against our oppression. Nevertheless, in the meantime, we should mourn these victims and never forget who is ultimately responsible for their demise. Let our enemies be aware of one thing above all: we will remember and we will repay.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted October 1, 2020 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      I’m afraid whites are basically jackasses. We are evolutionarily defective as a race (there are many individually healthy whites, obviously). White liberalism is the problem – the constellation of genes that gives rise to the liberal outlook. This has almost nothing to do with Christianity, even its polluted modern version (why are so many atheists also racial degenerates? anti-Christian white nationalists never have an answer for that).

      But what about healthy whites? Why are we so passive? Because we still do not believe our lives and country are over. Search yourself. You might say I and my comrades are too few to make a difference – and so the avalanche never gets underway. But why are we in fact too few to make a difference? Because most whites still think they have a life and future in Amerikwa. Conservatives (ie, the non-sick portion of whites) are grumbling about anarchy and (the brighter among them) black supremacism, while still living their lives, making plans for birthdays, post-Covid vacations, work projects and investments, and thinking about home repairs, college bills,, and where they might like to live in retirement.

      They are not thinking – not **REALLY** – “in 3 months my wife might be gang-raped, my children shot dead, and my house burned to cinders”. Or at least that in three months, these things happening are distinct possibilities. Until enough of us stop believing we still have something to lose, we will keep losing.

      Of course, the truly tragic thing was that Gardner took the worst easiest way out. If you are so bereft of any hope (and there was no certainty that he would have been convicted of anything in a jury trial, so he, in fact, was not) that you decide to kill yourself, you are one dangerous hombre. Why not go down actually fighting against the System than has ruined your innocent life (especially as he was not in jail when he died)? I think he probably got drunk, or otherwise took his life in a moment of extreme impulsiveness.

      I am enraged at this man’s fate, and was long before reading this excellent article by Quinn. But I can only regard him as a horrific victim, not a martyr. RIP.

      • Nova Rhodesia
        Posted October 2, 2020 at 6:07 am | Permalink

        Mr. Gardner could have only handed a propaganda victory to our enemies had he resisted in force. As for a criminal trial, there are no guarantees in this day and age. There was, however, a very real possibility of him facing relentless torture and eventual death at the hands of blacks in prison.

      • SRP
        Posted October 4, 2020 at 7:11 am | Permalink

        The “narcosis of affluence”. A paralyzing malady unique to the West. We all have it. Can’t point the finger. Who can afford to lose their job? Who wants Antifa on their front lawn?

        Working for remedy by ballot will only further postpone what must happen. Total socio-economic meltdown must happen throughout the West. Brutal times ahead, beyond imagination. But only then will recovery be possible. I see no other path.

        If we must take this path, then possessing a non-ballistic way to off oneself needs to be in our preparations. I have looked, but cannot find.

  2. Nova Rhodesia
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    In a just society, Mr. Franklin would be facing prosecution and GoFundMe executives would be hauled before Congressional committees to explain themselves.
    That not one elected official stood up for Mr. Gardner is an indictment against not only their own cowardice but also our system of government itself. What a stupid way to run a country. The whole polity is completely useless. Even more than useless, they are destructive. And then Trump shows up with his Platinun Plan. We are broke jackass. Not to mention that the whole idea is completely un-American.
    The GOP is nothing but a bunch of cowards and whores. The thought of them is sickening to me.
    It’s time to move on.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted October 1, 2020 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Move on to … what, though? The only hope is white ingathering and the push for eventual secession, to be followed by gentle but relentless racial cleansing to create the Ethnostate.

      • Nova Rhodesia
        Posted October 2, 2020 at 6:26 am | Permalink

        Well. We will never get anywhere with the GOP. Just a long, slow slide into hell. We are a minority. There is no question about that. So our first priority must be to organize for our own security and civil defense. We must also assert, without reservation, our right to live in peace with fellows of our own choosing.
        A political movement requires a pointed attack and offensive mindset. We should be stating that we are coming for them. We will prosecute them for their crimes against humanity. We will cast them out of their sinecures in academia, media, law and government. Clearly the strategy of the past is a certain loser.

  3. Vehmgericht
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    The angle that will be pushed by the Reds is that armed White Supremacists are attacking and murdering the peaceful protesters marching for an end to America’s war on black bodies.

    One has to marvel at the audacity of this inversion of the truth, but whether out of malice or invincible ignorance it is liable to be taken up and promoted by the media.

    At this point it’s not clear that there is in America presently any force capable of checking the far left. They have escaped the lunatic asylum of academia and spilled onto the streets, but the most worrisome aspect is the delinquency and even tacit support of local city administrations.

    Whether a Freikorps style national citizens’ defence militia comprising suitably trained veterans could be formed to uphold the freedoms of the American Republic with a minimum of coercion is now the key question. The coming weeks, and the outcome of the Presidential Election, will bring the stakes into sharp focus.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted October 1, 2020 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      We need a national America First militia, filled with dues paying members armed with guns and lawyers. If whites do not start mobilizing as “patriots” (to morph later into open prowhites) offline, we are finished.

      Don’t people see that we whites have been atomized, and are being picked off one by one?

  4. Vauquelin
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    The white population is persecuted with ever-escalating urgency, and white advocates are eternally frustrated in their pursuit of redemption for the white race. Even when whites eventually take to the streets to take back their country, especially then, will the subterfuge render the effort in vain. And so the Jews undermine humanity into extinction.

    I’ll just stay put, listen to Joy Division and keep my eyes on the door.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted October 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the useless black pill.

  5. Michael Broutin
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Great article. The number one priority is getting enough white people to understand the danger they are in. Things will accelerate like a particle in a Large Hadron Collider at that.

  6. Mike Ricci
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Committing suicide in the face of adversity gives the enemy a big advantage. Hooray for White people.

    • Nova Rhodesia
      Posted October 1, 2020 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      At least he dared to make a stand against the enemy. Perhaps he did not even realize the implications of that. Furthermore, many German and Japanese military officers committed suicide rather than be captured in the face of insurmountable odds.
      Regardless, it is our duty to not forget him.

  7. david
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    When he killed himself I was reminded of Richard Russell/Sky King who crashed the Horizon Air jet off the coast of WA.

    From Wikipedia (I know, I know): He asked ATC if he could get a job as a pilot with Alaska Airlines if he successfully landed the aircraft. ATC said that “they would give you a job doing anything if you could pull this off,” to which he replied “Yeah right! Nah, I’m a white guy.”

  8. mick
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Excellent article, though it has a minor error. The Gardner incident occurred at the peak of the BLM rioting on 5/30 or 5/31. The suicide was in September.

  9. George Michael
    Posted October 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    RIP Jake I have thought and prayed for you and hope you are in a better place. You were worth a million of those who drove you to this

  10. Francis XB
    Posted October 2, 2020 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    What is to be done re cases like that of Jake Gardner?

    Get mobilized.

    Mobilization means setting up networks to provide financial support for their legal defense. It means info ops networks to tell their side of the story. It means moral support networks to show them they are not alone. It means networks to pressure public officials who are persecuting law abiding gunowners defending their lives and life’s work.

    Of course, it’s easy enough to post about this online. It’s another thing to organize the people and the resources to get anything done in the real world, especially given the repression which the System has launched against the Dissident Right.

    Nonetheless, the Dissident Right has a real opportunity being handed to it over the Jake Gardners and Kyle Rittenhouses.

    Look at the way the Left built up, say, Mumia abu Jamal into an international hero. (Mumia is an ex-Black Panther who was convicted of killing a cop, for crying out loud!). The Left supports their own people and doubles down when they come under attack. Conservatives Inc? They throw their own people under the bus.

    Law abiding Americans want to defend themselves against the ongoing insurrection. They see themselves abandoned. And they are looking for leadership.

    The Dissident Right has proven that it can gain the high ground on the online agitprop front. The general perception is that back in 2016 the Dissident Right memed Donald Trump into the White House. In 2020 the Dissident Right has the potential to seize a similar victory.

    The mission of the Dissident Right can be to mobilize law abiding Americans and get them behind some wider demands:
    * Declaring Kyle Rittenhouse and similar to be political prisoners.
    * Ending “diversity” struggle sessions in academia and the workplace.
    * Ending affirmative action and other programs which discriminate against White people.
    * Restoring all monuments destroyed in the recent insurrection and prosecuting the iconoclasts.
    * Forming an advocacy organization similar to the NAACP to fight for White rights, especially those associated with the First and Second Amendments.

    There’s still enough freedom on the Internet and in social media to maneuver…and mobilize.

    Start handing out those Red Pills.

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