Before anyone assumes that I mean time to abandon the Conservative, Constitutional political agenda and dump Trump, I mean it is time for all on the Right to Stand their Ground! It has been painfully obvious for several decades that the Republicans and Establishment “Conservatives” have run for the shadows when the Leftists attack. There are many possible reasons for that phenomenon but none valid, so it is Time to Change the Political Winds in Washington.
It is my observation that some on the Right have begun to do that, largely thanks to the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of these United States. He is a New York street fighter and businessman who seems to be undeterred by the rhetoric, tactics, innuendo, and fallacious charges of the Left. I won’t say he is not affected by it because he reacts and pushes back forcefully. However, I will say, he is undaunted by it as he pursues the agenda, he promised on the campaign trail.
I have heard, supposedly astute political analysts, insist that the Democrats are better political tacticians than the Republicans. I have never truly believed that but their victory in sending the spineless Republicans into the shadows is a reason, to reevaluate what has been going on and attempt to discern why. The argument that the Democrats are unequaled in their political tactics and use of the mainstream and social media does not resonate with me. I do not believe their tactical success is because they are superior tacticians, but they have been dealing with the fecklessness of the so-called opposition party.
I recently read the 2,500-year-old admonitions of the Chinese philosopher and military strategist, Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.” He said: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in battle every time.” In many ways that is a perfect description of the past 30 or 40 years of the Republican Party’s dealings with the Democrats and liberalism.
Tzu also said: “It is the unemotional, reserved, calm warrior who wins, not the hothead seeking vengeance and not the ambitious seeker of fortune.” That could easily be applied to both sides on the political battleground. They both, too frequently, lash out without demonstrating calm assurance and control. Also, almost every national politician has a thirst for vengeance, is driven by ambition, and seeks their own personal fortune and fame. Ambition and seeking prosperity are not evil itself, but when it damages the Republic and tramples on the people for personal gain, it is. That has been the state of politics for decades.
There are people on the Right and on the Left, who detest this president. I get that. I acknowledge that his personality and some of his dealings in the past may be grating. However, when I look at the full body of work he has pursued and achieved in his three years in office, I am both impressed and thankful. I often wonder what could have been done had the Establishment Republicans and RINOs gotten behind the promised agenda. What could we have achieved had they not been so deeply rooted in the cronyism of Washington and deeply rooted members of the Never Trump consortium?
We have witnessed over three years the non-stop attempts to fabricate, uncover, discover, or pretend that he is deranged, unfit for office, unhinged, super dumb, evil, a traitor, or some other characterization. His family has been attacked by the same people who insisted that touching Obama’s family was taboo, and that the president’s family should be excluded from the conversation. The hypocrisy is too apparent to need addressing and even some on the Left admit it, at least privately.
Today, we are watching the disintegration of our American culture, the attempts to divide this nation so completely the only likely outcome is wide-scale bloodshed. We have virtually every Democratic hopeful vying for their Party’s nomination for president embracing and advancing some brand of Socialism. Those that are not openly calling for Socialism are presenting agendas and ideologies that grow the government exponentially and create a Big Brother of Big Brothers nationally.
The Democrats seem to be disarrayed and incapable of comprehending that the political times are changing, and more Americans are waking up to reality. They have been accustomed to milquetoast Republicans and Conservatives who are afraid of their own political shadows. They continue to follow their outdated playbook, using the Alinsky model of political tactics. Their scurrying to throw as many things against the wall in their quest to oust Trump would be laughable were it not so serious.
Their typical tactic has been one of launching an attack on the person and character of their opponent while ignoring their own sins. They have successfully sent a salvo of criticism in the direction of their Republican opponents and happily watch the Republicans seek cover. In times past, issuing a simple threat and media headlines trashing the Republicans were enough to gain the upper hand in political tactics. That is changing, at least in a few of the Republicans who seem to have a spine.
Someone said, “The Democrats knew their enemy, but their enemy did not know them.” Often, smugly assured that their age-old tactics would produce the same result the Left calmly claimed to be the protectors of the people while the Republicans remained silent and hide in the shadows. The suggestion of wrong or deficiency went unanswered and no one stepped forward to articulate the conservative position, as did Ronald Reagan. That meant, the Democrats won frequently at the polls and the Republicans bought into the idea that they had to move to the political left to appeal to the people. That was a fatal mistake in the past, and times are changing politically.
You may not like Donald John Trump but until he stepped into the political arena, conservatives had no voice and no one to fight for us. He is far from perfect but far better than any of the offerings from the Left. I pray that the political winds will blow favorable for Trump and every Republican who is Conservative and a Constitutionalist in 2020. America can only survive if we defeat the toxicity of liberal ideology and keep America the Free Constitutional Republic established in the late 1700’s.
God bless you and God bless America!