I commanded a cavalry squadron, so my default tactic is to attack. And the increasingly desperate, fascistic flailing of the left as it seeks to hold onto power is a signal that it’s absolutely time to sound the trumpet.
In war, you want to get your forces behind the enemy’s front line and into the soft underbelly of its rear echelon. Distract the bad guys’ strongest forces, then send your heavy armor around back to rip out their guts. The basic principle is to apply your strength to the bad guys’ weakness. You want the bad guys’ strength wasted, preoccupied trying to find something to fight while you rout the elements that support them.
You know what an enemy tank is without fuel, spare parts and shells? A big hunk of metal holding future casualties.
It’s time to press the attack against the liberals’ weakness, to figuratively hit them where they aren’t expecting it, to (as Instapundit Glenn Reynolds like to say) punch back twice as hard and render their strongest forces as impotent as the boyfriend of a hirsute radical feminist.
As Sun Tzu teaches, “if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” We need to understand our enemy, so as to beat him. And the first step to doing that is to realize that the progressives are our enemies. Perhaps I would be a bit more charitable if over the last week I had not been barraged with obscenities, death wishes, and threats for daring to opine that being on EBT is something you should be ashamed of. But when progressives invite you to die because you’d prefer not to subsidize lay-about Democrat-voting losers, it clarifies things. Leftists want you dead, or at least enslaved, and you can tell that because they can’t keep themselves from telling you that.
After you understand that leftists are not our “friends across the aisle,” you can assess their strengths. They hold the executive power in the federal government. They own the mainstream news media and hold the reigns of popular culture. Despite their sorry history of racism, from defending slavery to Jim Crow to electing a Senate majority leader who was a KKK kleagle, they have a grip on minority voters. And, of course, they occupy academia.
So, we know where the enemy is. Finding the enemy is the first step to defeating the enemy. Now let’s look at some of its weaknesses and how to exploit them.
In the long term, the left is not guaranteed to maintain federal executive power. Conservatives’ best strategy is to nominate someone who might actually get elected and then might actually govern as a conservative – Jeb Bush, I am so not looking at you. Once we do, we can let the liberals solve this problem for us with their bizarre determination to nominate that glass-jawed, email-deleting cuckoldette. Yeah, non-coastal America is dying to elect someone who reminds everybody of their first wife, including women and the never-married.
In the short term, we need to make this sucker ungovernable. Obama wants to put the “petty” into “petty dictator” with his rule by decree and contempt for the law. Let’s jam it back on him. Maybe the GOP squish-dominated Congress can’t be roused from its coma to fight for its branch’s prerogatives, but no one resents being told what to do more than a federal judge.
Federal judges are the Christian Greys of the American political system. Unelected, unaccountable and unable to give a damn, we’ve already seen federal judges laying down their iron discipline in immigration, Obamacare and IRS abuse cases. They are hauling the Obama administration into the Red Room of Judicial Pain, and the safeword is a word no Obama stooge will ever bring himself to utter: “Constitution.”
People say that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well, I’m a lawyer and everything looks like a lawsuit, or at least an administrative complaint. I discuss this kind of “lawfare” in my book Conservative Insurgency: From fascist public school administrators to uppity DMV clerks, you’re an American citizen with the God-given right to make their lives a living hell by initiating and pursuing your right to challenge their abuses. That’s their soft spot. Complain, appeal, sue – occupy the Occupiers with dealing with your grievances instead of leaving them free to keep screwing up our country.
The mainstream media, also known the Democrats’ Steno Pool, looks invincible, but it’s vulnerable too. It needs eyeballs to live, so look elsewhere for your news and information. Every time you watch NBC News, you validate and empower liars who hate you and everything you stand for. So don’t. There’s a growing segment of conservative traditional and alternative media, and even a few mainstream journalists who still try to be objective, like Jake Tapper at CNN. Patronize them. Starve the lib-loving media until it either dies or reforms. The MSM needs you a helluva a lot more than you need it.
The same goes for popular culture. Is your favorite TV cop show disrespecting you? Did last week’s CSI: Rancho Cucamonga episode make the guy responsible for the massacre the Olive Garden be the Tea Partier who went on a shooting spree because the restaurant served breadsticks to black people? You don’t need that crap. Watch something else.
Empower conservative culture by patronizing quality conservative-created entertainment – as thriller writer Brad Thor says, doing so is an act of conscience. It also hits the enemy where it hurts – the wallet.
Liberals take minorities for granted, which I suppose is better than what Democrats did to them at Selma. But this monolithic minority support isn’t quite as monolithic as the liberals imagine, and we need to strike hard and crack the façade. All minorities are not the same. Asians, who were trending left, can be won back by conservative initiatives like color-blind policies that fight the shameful liberal bias against high-achieving Asian college applicants. No matter what Señor Jeb says, all Hispanics are not the same, and many oppose the amnesty the Chamber of Commerce Crew is dying to support.
No group has been more shamefully ill-served by liberals than black Americans. The liberal amnesty push is a huge betrayal of black Americans – let’s sell our opposition that way. Why not follow the lead of Rick Perry and many law-and-order conservatives and address the problems with the criminal justice system that have caused so much resentment by black Americans? Prosecutors who are out of control, the rare police officers who disgrace the badge, and an overreliance on the criminal justice system to address social problems – these are issues conservatives should be spearheading. That they would help demonstrate the truth, that conservatism is an ideology for all people regardless of heritage, is a fringe benefit.
And then there is academia, that thought-policed playground for spoiled sophomore radicals and faculty brownshirts that keeps the ranks of leftism full with legions of new zombie recruits. Well, academia as we know it is dying anyway; let’s use our massive conservative power at the state government level to Kervorkian it along to its final reward. We conservatives need to enact laws making it easy (and profitable) to sue schools and administrators over free speech and due process violations. Let’s kill tenure and limit administrative bloat with mandatory “one flunky per two teachers” employee ratios. We need new statutes that mandate that state colleges move toward online classes that educate the motivated rather than stick with obsolete cattle-car lecture hall snorefests that babysit the drunken. And we need to deprive the colleges of fresh meat by pushing options like apprenticeships and technical schooling for young people who want to do something with their hands besides try and block out the droning of the TA in their mandatory “Transgender Issues in Norwegian Mythology” seminar.
The idea is to strike not directly at our enemy’s strength, but at its vulnerabilities using our strength. We have numbers, and therefore money. We have power outside of the federal executive. We have an abiding love and respect for the Constitution, and it is no small thing to know that you are fighting on the side of what is right.
Time to draw sabers and charge.