The Rise of Our Own Shadow State

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Lines of Departure - Shadow State

I ended last week with the suggestion that we’re going to end up using murder, mayhem, massacre, and torture to defeat MALA, the conceptual Mexican-American Liberation Army, and ALDA, the conceptual American-Latino Democratic Alliance, that being the political arm of the insurgency to strip the United States of its Southwest and far West. That closed the section discussing how ALDA, in the form of “community justice,” will outgovern us, out rule us, even if MALA cannot outfight us. I imagine that any liberal readers I may have immediately thought, “Not here; not with us,” or something to that effect.

We have at least two closely related problems here. One is that, as mentioned, “community justice” is hard to defeat, especially when it works objectively better than our own system. The other is that because of the way our government and society are set up, deliberately fractured among competing branches and at least partially sovereign polities, we are not going to be officially able to deal with this with one mind and heart. Indeed, worse than that, we have states and communities, California being the largest of them in all senses, some or all of the governments of which are very likely to be, in substantial part, working for the other side.

How are we going to win when, say, California’s governor, one or two of her senators, and a largish chunk of her representatives in the House are feeding intelligence to the enemy and helping him in other ways? Moreover, even if we can control or eliminate that, we’re set up, as mentioned above, specifically not to permit the kinds of unitary concentrations of power that we’re going to need. “Unity of Effort/Unity of Command,” is one of the key principles of war, after all, just as true in counterinsurgency as in storming over the Rhine.

That’s where the Shadow State comes in, a collection of like-minded people who are determined that Arizona, New Mexico, and even California, are not to be lost to us. They will be from the military, the police, the local government, and from among the citizenry. If the state of California is not of one mind, these people will be: California and the rest shall not be lost, no matter what it takes. If what it takes is murder or mayhem, terror or torture, that is what they will do. The Shadow State will, out of sight, do the coordination to make our efforts more cohesive, stronger, more directive, and more effective. They’ll do other things, too.

The government can’t deal with a panel of “judges” that are bringing community justice to some neighborhood in El Paso?” No witnesses? No penalties that really mean anything? The Shadow State will, and will do so as unencumbered by rules of evidence as the community justice judges are. The state cannot determine who even is acting as community justice police? Not to worry, the Shadow State will, if it involves every makeshift, ad hoc, means of torture available.

We have a senator known for helping the enemy? Never worry; the Shadow State will get rid of him, and quite possibly his family, as an object lesson to his replacement. An ALDA candidate is running for the House? Take out a life insurance policy on him or her and keep up with the premiums; their days are numbered.

So far, so good, really, as far as winning the war goes, but then there are the other problems. The government cannot retaliate for the bombing of a mall? The Shadow State can, very likely will, and in doing so will deter the enemy not a whit, but will drive into his ranks the families of the slain. Indeed, the Shadow State is going to be one of the enemy’s major recruiters. This is going to suggest to us that we need to get rid of the Shadow State every bit as much as we need to get rid of ALDA, MALA, and community justice. There’s a measure of truth in that, too, but there is a better and more useful truth.

When or if this comes to pass, we will need, a) to enact a vigorous martial law, at least over some areas, with congress telling the Supreme Court and local government to butt out, the better to make the Shadow State unnecessary, b) to raise the Shadow State on our own, proactively, the better to control it, c) to create rules of engagement that will, for at least some portions of our effort, do what an out of control Shadow State would do, without the things we would prefer it not do, and d) appoint people with what amounts to proconsular imperium to fight the coordinated campaign.

Already I can hear sensitive, caring people whining that we’re just not going to do or allow any of that, that we won’t let the Shadow State arise and we will not permit anyone else to do any – no, not any – of the terrible things it would do. Forget it, chums, that’s not on offer. Once this crap kicks off, the only way to prevent the rise of the Shadow State is to win quickly and ruthlessly, and you’re not going to want to do what’s needed for that, either. You also won’t be able to win using an exclusive mix of kindness, caring, sensitivity, and goodfeelz (marca registrada). No, not even if you add to the mix your trademark magic unicorn farts.

Then, too, there’s the other aspect of this that ought to give liberal, caring, sensitive people some pause to shit themselves. What does the Shadow State do after the internal war is over? Let me give you a hint: The March of Dimes was founded to fight polio. Did it go away after polio was pretty much beaten? Not on your life; March of Dimes had a staff that needed jobs and a sense of purpose. It redefined itself for new missions. So, does the Shadow State go away once the war is done? No, if we’ve lost it goes after those it holds responsible for the loss. If we’ve won it goes after those who made the winning more difficult. It, in any case, does whatever it needs to, in order to keep in existence.

And that closes this series. Next week and for the next few weeks, I’m going to talk about why I still have some hope for the country. The reasons? The junior American soldier, with all his flaws and virtues. Next week and thereafter, Great Enlisted Men I Have Known.

Don’t miss Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 of this series about the war to retain the American Southwest.

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Tom Kratman is a retired infantry lieutenant colonel, recovering attorney, and science fiction and military fiction writer. His latest novel, The Rods and the Axe, is available from for $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $25 for the hardback. A political refugee and defector from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, he makes his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. He holds the non-exclusive military and foreign affairs portfolio for EveryJoe. Tom’s books can be ordered through

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