GOP creating fuel for Obama
Casey Stengel, a baseballlegend who played onfive teams and managedfour, said: “It’s easy to getgood players. Getting themto play together, that’s thehard part.”What’s true in sports isdefinitely true in politics— even more so.Many say that ’tis theseason for GOP rivalry,but when does inferenceturn to infighting? When does public debateabandon solidarity? And when does friendlybantering turn into friendly fire that is fuel forour foes?I know that we are in a GOP presidentialrace. I understand the tactics to win a regularelection, but this is no typical run for the presidency.There is a progressive insurrection underway, and at the heart of progressives’ politicalwarfare is the lack of conservative consensus.GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich,former speaker of the House, told an audiencein Iowa last week, “President Obama islegitimately and authentically a Saul Alinskyradical.” I completely agree, and so do mostpeople who truly understand Obama’s originsand political philosophies. Even the New YorkTimes, back in August 2009, wrote, “Saul Alinsky[was a] Chicago activist and writer whosestreet-smart tactics influenced generations ofcommunity organizers, most famously the currentpresident.”Alinsky’s bible for community organizers isRules for Radicals, the principles of which canbe viewed in almost every action of the left, includingthe present White House. For example,in the chapter on “power tactics,” the fourthtactic is: “Make the enemy live up to their ownbook of rules.” Whereas conservatives regardcongruity as commendable, Alinsky considersit an opportunity for raising disdain among thepublic and infighting among enemies, becauseno one can perfectly live up to his or her ownmessage.This is where Alinsky’s fifth rule followsand applies: “Ridicule is man’s most potentweapon.” And the best missile in that arsenalis the friendly fire (ridicule) caused within theenemies’ own camps.The goal is “conflict among themselves”— what Alinsky calls “power cannibalism,”“a road from which there is no turning back”
Because it "permits only temporary truces." Indeed, according to Alinsky, they will suffer aform of selfish implosion while attempting toappear selfless as “individual units attempt toexploit the general threat for their own specialbenefit.”Alinsky concludes, “Here is the vulnerablebelly of the status quo.”Tragically, by their infighting, the GOPcandidates are playing right into Obama andAlinsky’s hands. The fact is that while themajority of GOP candidates think they merelyare competing for the prize of the nomination,they are running exact plays from Alinsky’splaybook, often pitted by the mainstream mediaand the White House, who are playing themlike pawns, with their questions, accusationsand innuendoes.Consider how the Alinsky scorecard has readjust recently.According to the Associated Press, last week,former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’scamp “announced a $3.1 million TV ad campaignin Iowa beginning [Dec. 9] that includesthe new commercial assailing Gingrich on ahost of fronts.”On the other hand, look at what Gingrichsaid at a Nov. 28 town hall meeting in Charleston,SC: “I do approach this whole campaign,I think, differently from everybody else. Wehave a number of friends who are also running.We have no opponents except Barack Obama.I think that’s very important. I think [Abraham]Lincoln was very wise, as was capturedin a book called Team of Rivals…. Literallyeverybody who was his opponent ended upin the Cabinet because he needed all of themin order to be able to put together the politicalpower during the crisis that we faced. I wouldsay the same thing. I don’t know of a singleperson currently running who wouldn’t be avery effective member of an administrativeteam and who doesn’t have real talent and, insome way… a unique strength. So I don’t haveany opponents on the Republican side.”Now, you tell me, which type of leadershipis going to win us back the White House, onethat rallies the country or one that divides thehouse?The Republican presidential candidates arenot the only ones being duped to Alinsky’sschemes; many of the conservative mediaand much of the public are, too. While weslander our own presidentialcandidates within the borders of our First Amendment rights, we inadvertently abandon the strategy to win the White House.
Every conservative I know agrees that any GOP candidate would bring better leadership than that which we currently have in the White House. I firmly believe that our candidates’ positive attributes outweigh any of their negatives.
With about three weeks until the Iowa caucuses, it’s high time that we quit allowing the left and even our own preferences and prejudice to polarize us any further. It’s time we lay down our egos and our innate bent and fight to unify for our republic’s sake. It’s time we elevate our own preferred candidate without trashing the others. It’s time we turn the tables and beat the progressives at their own game by overturning their own rules — Alinsky’s “rules”!
If we are going to win the war for the White House, it’s going to be solely in our ability to rally together and keep our scopes on the current occupant of the White House, not by aiming at one another.
So let’s flood the media and blogosphere with discussion about the strengths each candidate possesses. Let’s keep the focus on real solutions to get this country back on track. Let’s live out the acronym TEAM and show progressives and the world that “together everyone achieves more,” namely winning back the White House and Senate and maintaining a majority in the House of Representatives, which would save our republic.
United we stand; divided we most certainly will fall.
‘© 2011 Chuck Norris. Distributed by Creators.com