Kurt Schlichter has a great post up at TownHall about the way forward for conservatives in this brave new world. If we want to beat back the progressives that have infected our schools, the media, the entertainment world and our government we need to emulate the guerrilla warfare style tactics regimes like the North Vietnemese used in the Vietnam War. They were outnumbered and outgunned, but they persisted and won in the end. (Heck even the founders who beat the British would be considered insurgents today.)
Insurgents survive and win by avoiding decisive engagements until a time and place of their choosing. Tet was not the Communists’ time, and right now, we are not in a position for a decisive battle either. So what do we do?
We start thinking like guerillas – political and cultural guerillas.
The first thing we need to do is get out of our head the notion that this fight will be over if we just pull off a victory in 2014 or 2016. This is not just a single political battle but a political and cultural campaign. America did not go from a nation of stalwart, self-reliant achievers to a country full of couch-dwelling EBT moochers in just four years, and we won’t change it back in the next election, or the one after that, or even the one after that. Our role models, the patriots of 1776, didn’t drive the redcoats out until 1783. Our strategic end is long-term – an America where free market values prevail, where all of our liberties are respected, and where a limited government spends within its means and only within the bounds set forth in the Constitution. We need to remember that a good many Republicans are just as opposed to that vision as the Democrats.
Initially, we should work to avoid a decisive battle. The liberals are already pushing the notion that the Tea Party is dead, but they know better and they want to finish us. After all, we are the only real threat to their progress.
We can already see where they are shaping the battlefield to defeat us: the Fiscal Cliff fight. Clearly, Obama will seek to maneuver us into an unpopular position and finish us off. You can almost hear the mainstream media’s cries of “Obstructionist Tea Party/GOP House!” We are nearly guaranteed to lose with this correlation of forces. We need to avoid the ambush.
That may require cutting our losses to retire from the battlefield – a winning guerilla movement spends most of its time retreating. We may not be able to stop them from letting taxes rise on those horrible, horrible wealthy folks, but there’s no reason we should help them. Let the Democrats buy the tax hikes. Let the affluent gentry that supported him see how they like them.
This is key. Insurgents maneuver their opponents into acting to alienate their own supporters. The GOP House can stop some of the left’s more disastrous programs, but it can’t stop them all – and it shouldn’t let itself be drawn into losing fights trying to do so. Sometimes guerillas have to let the populace feel the pain. Look at how Obamacare is already in the process of making 29 hour work weeks the new normal, and not one GOP member voted for it. Voters wanted Obama, so let them have him good and hard. And be ready to exploit the reaction.
They’re already getting it good and hard. Did you see the economic news that came out this morning? 439,000 new jobless claims, and that’s not counting all of the hourly workers getting cut back to under 30 hours per week thanks to Obamacare!
Read the whole thing, as there’s a lot more to it. Schlichter also gets into the culture, and how we need to infiltrate the media, entertainment and education industries. (Yes, I do believe education has become an industry, run by the progressive unions and the government.) The communists did it starting almost a century ago, and they were patient. I don’t think we’ve got that long, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Choose your battles wisely.
When it comes to education, as a reader regularly points out, even if you can’t infiltrate you can still show up at your school board meetings and document what’s going on. As a taxpayer you have the right to be there. If you have kids in school find out what they’re being taught and if any of it goes against your values speak up and document whenever you can. The only way to root out evil is to expose it.
Work at the local level. If you can, get on your local GOP committee and work to change the party from the inside. Get together with like-minded people in your community and see what you can do locally to plant the seeds of doubt when it comes to statism. If you’re one of those people getting stuck with part time hours get your kids out of the before and after school programs. The state has your kids all day, you may as well have them at home the rest of the time where they’ll learn your values.
Oh, and it seems like I’ve said it a million times but it’s worth repeating. Stop supporting people who are out for your destruction. If you really feel that you must see a Hollywood movie wait until you can rent it for a buck and half from Red Box instead of spending ten bucks at the movie theater. Or better yet, wait until you can watch it on TV. Turn off CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBC and NBC – they hate you too, and have been working actively at defeating you. Stop giving them ratings. Anything notable will be online where you can mercilessly mock them. If every single American that voted for Mitt Romney (or against Barack Obama) did this they would have to change their model, and do it quickly. They may be a bunch of commies at heart, but they’re just as greedy as the capitalists they’re out to destroy.
One more thing, be sure to stock up on necessities like guns, ammo, canned goods, firewood, water, candles, batteries, etc. Re-think your investments, if it’s not too late. Hopefully it won’t come to the worst, but as the latest disaster shows, it never hurts to be prepared. (Note: anything purchased through the links in this paragraph will bring in a small commission for me at no extra cost to you. What can I say? I’m a capitalist!)
H/T to Smitty who offers his own thoughts on this strategy.
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