I was originally going to call this “Losing Your Smile” after the infamous Shawn Michaels promo, but then a) I got over myself, and b) the CM Punk news hit the internets.
First, some parameters:
1. Yes, I know that professional wrestling is scripted. You’re not being witty by pointing that out to me.
2. I realize a self-professed “atheist jerk” probably won’t appreciate being included in a blog post about conservative politics.
3. There is a very good chance that this is just one giant wrestling angle.
All that being said, according to mainstream news outlets, CM Punk has walked out over frustration over…pick something. It could be over backstage politics. It could be over the lack of any creative direction in the WWE. It could be that the WWE Establishment is completely clueless. It could be burn out from the road, injuries, and everything I just mentioned all together. Either way he’s gone for the time being, or “gone for the time being.” What I find amusing is that these are also all things a lot of us on the right can relate to.
The main reason I connected with him after the pipe bomb incident is that he had a lot of the same frustrations with the WWE that I and many of you have with the GOP. The two organizations are very similar. Neither entity seems to listen to their audience. New talent is constantly passed over for older talent who has proven they can’t get over. People who still believe in the product constantly find themselves asking each other why they still do. And the powers that be in charge don’t care as long as their money keeps coming in.
Randy Orton vs. Dave Batista main eventing WrestleMania 30 is even the WWE version of Romney-McCain 2016.
A lot of us had gotten involved because we wanted to change the system. I know I did. I wanted to be, for lack of a better phrase, a “CM Punk of the movement.” I even wore my “CM Punk dressed as Jesus” shirt when FTR Radio broadcast at a FreedomWorks event in Chicago, just because obviously.
But after the 2012 elections and a year of feeling like we were cannibalizing each other, I can relate to the CM Punk burn out. You find yourself asking “what now?” What’s the point?
I started off 2014 realizing I don’t care about “declaring war on the establishment” regardless of whether it’s the GOP or tea party establishment, don’t care about trolling members of the media and others who disagree with me online, don’t care about kissing the asses of the same ten internet famous people, and don’t care about getting into fights with people who forget the nine times I’ve agreed with them because of the one-time I don’t. That’s what 90% of the grassroots I feel has become. When 110% of what you couldn’t possibly care less about seems to be what 90% of your audience does cares about, what’s left for you?
(Of course if the WWE listened to 90% of their audience, Daniel Bryan would have won the Royal Rumble and have the torched passed to him by John Cena at WrestleMania, but I digress.)
So…what now? Like I mentioned before, while I’m sure there’s a lot of IRL frustration, there is a good chance CM Punk vs. the WWE is one big wrestling angle. As for me? Or you, if you’ve been wrestling with the same frustration? Find something you think you can change. Focus locally, finding candidates or leaders who you think can be the CM Punk’s, Daniel Bryan’s or Dean Ambrose’s of the party.
I still believe in the movement and still believe our message is what’s right for the country. I just think we need to change some of the leaders, some of the messengers, and change the way we present our beliefs and values to the voters.
I certainly can’t change it sitting on my couch on Long Island.