Mark Baisley

The present-day American conservative movement appears to be growing up. And it just might realize success if they continue to progress strategically over tactically. In other words, rather than passionately working to win elections, they must determine to ruthlessly persist in defeating the domestic enemies of an endless war over the soul of America.

Tea Party triumph will require these three components:

1. Organize like the original Americans

The Colonists in 1776 worked out the differences among their members. And some of those differences were quite significant. But coming to terms with each other was easily preferable to living under the oppression of the Crown. The modern movement is also made up of many stripes on the same flag; tea party, liberty movement, constitutional conservatives, grassroots activists, and libertarians. They need look no further than the original rebellion to find a well-thought-out set of principles to agree upon. The Declaration of Independence, exactly as it was written 238 years ago, would serve ideally as their mission statement.

The Life group may not be the Liberty group. And the Pursuit of Happiness group may not be the Life group. But this is serious business once again. In order to triumph over the well-organized and entrenched statists, the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness patriots (LLP Patriots) need to coalesce as the party majority under the Republican “big tent” banner. And for the support of the Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, the members of this movement must mutually pledge to each other their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Honor.

In addition to religiously adhering to the wisdom of the ancients, the movement needs to build a farm team. Reliably predicting the future behavior of elected officials based on their campaign speeches has proven to be far from an exact science. The movement needs to eliminate as much guesswork as possible by changing the primary election paradigm. Rather than training skilled politicians in the principles of LLP Patriotism, they need to provide political training to philosophically committed LLP Patriots whom they have recruited to run for elected office.

2. Follow Robert Greene’s book The 33 Strategies of War

Mark Baisley

Mark Baisley is a security and intelligence professional