Skip to comments.It's All Over. Not.( Hey! That's Meant Specifically for You Down Trodden Conservatives.All of You!)
Posted on 11/11/2012 6:50:23 PM PST by lbryce
I think it was Orson Welles who said, If you want to tell a story with a happy ending, it all depends on where you stop. To put it another way: every story is a tragedy, if you tell it to the end.
As with lives, so with republics. Freedom is a living thing. It dies. Conservatives are like doctors. They can only win for the moment, the day, the year, the election cycle. And no matter the victory, time only goes one way. The republic grows older every day, the people travel further from their founding values and nothing lasts forever.
There are many responses to that situation. Only one of them is wise: good cheer and defiance. Keep laughing; fight back; fear nothing. Mortality makes time too precious for despondency and death makes a fool of fear. Theres nothing to worry about: disaster is certain. And nothing can be that serious since, whatever it is, its guaranteed to end.
Since Tuesday, I have heard enough conservatives saying, Its over! Were through! in serious, important-sounding voices to last me the next four years. I dont care how important you make it sound, its whining; any child can do it. Ill let you know when its over by putting you in the ground and throwing six feet of dirt onto your face. Until you get that secret signal, really, pull yourself together.
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Well, take heart my fellow FReepers, if you have been feeding into this subversive delusion as being the truth, let this article give if not reason to cheer certainly reason to hope. (That damn word "hope". Obama has ruined that word for me forever. I can't seem to get passed "hop" before getting queasy, sick to my stomach and then going to the thesaurus for a synonym or two to replace it. Let me just say, hope springs eternal for conservatives as well as anyone else.
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Will you share your drugs?
Jesus. This site is getting scarier by the day.
Practice my aim and spend wisely. I don't need their crap.
It's hard to respect the elected officials. They are sell outs for power and act cowardly while ignoring the constitution.
Don’t take the Lords name in vain.
Obamacare has designated you as a “casualty” via a Vendikar tri-cobalt implosion device. Please report to the nearest disintegration booth. Have a nice day.
I don’t feel lost either. But by any rational discription, it is indeed, ‘over.’
When the Alphabet agencies are politicized to the point that they are accomplices to the problems we face, it’s over.
When the opposition party caves regularly and we expect them to, it’s over.
But most definitively, when the ‘old guard’, people like we on FR who are supposed to be the rockest of ribbed right, do as we did in rah rahing a liberal as our political savior for months as so many here did, the bar of conservatism was not lowered, it was melted down and reforged into deck chairs that will be rearranged by the GOP as needed.
Is there hope? Sure. But people, as I said often, have not yet felt enough pain. People bitched that ‘my business...’ or ‘my friends/family...’ et all ad nausem prevented them from making hard decisions...decisions that will eventually be made if anything but liberalism is to ever rear it’s head in America again.
But they lacked the self sacrifice. Now they will have their business stripped, their families and friends hyperregulated and the rest.
Perhaps they will someday stand on their principles rather than play the ‘lesser evil’ game. Perhaps then they will win rather than be led by the nose by the GOP and it’s empty promise of ‘conservative governance.’
As for me, I’ll just go with whatever happens until enough people decide to care. I don’t really have a choice. I’m not Superman after all. Not that I’m happy about it.
And for those who disagree, I don’t particularly care.
This post is written in anger and frustration.
Angry that we continue to follow the Republican Partys elite ignorance. A party that continues to pull defeat from the jaws of victory characterized by pompous fools who fulfill the sterotype built by the left.
Frustrated that the reality of politics is this: There will be no third party capable of competing with the coalition constructed by the dems. As a result, true conservatives MUST take steps to irradicate the ignorance of the Republican Party while still adhering to the core values of our forefathers (beliefs that I discovered are considered extreme by over half of my countrymen on Tuesday night, BTW).
I have no solve for exactly how to accomplish this. Only advice based on a long military career in several foreign lands for how to defeat the dems once this is accomplished.
This thought process is based on the concept of irregular warfare with twists thrown in here and there for good measure.
With that, I provide the following advice for the good of the order.
LEADERSHIP: The old crew has proven either incompotent or outdated. McConnell and Boerner must go. They represent a failed plan to defend and resist without clearly explaining their position. They are content with looking like the bad guys and face public scorn when they dont realize how important it is to manipulate a clearly left leaning MSM. They represent the failure of the last four years to our own and obstructionists to the opposition. Weve got to show a new face to the nation. That is the genesis of rebuilding this movement. Ryan or Cantor in the House, Rubio or Demint in the Senate.
We also need a standard bearer and I see no one on the horizon with as much rockstar potential and substance as Rubio. These next four years must put him on the center stage with a unified and consolidated message. It also needs to protect him from the attacks from the left that are guaranteed to come.
Everything the Obamites used to deny, deflect, and difuse will be used againstt hem....including the race card. THAT is what will make Rubio a teflon candidate.
These men represent a change in a party that has been beaten soundly in the last two elections by a charlatan and his traveling circus. A fresh choice in leadership represents change you can TRULY beleive in from every angle. It marks a clear start from inside and outside when we actually started taking this enemy seriously.
GROUND GAME: It is IMPERATIVE to develop and foster an intricate ground game. It requires a MICRO-ANALYSIS of every county, every city, and every early and absentee ballot by demographic to find how how, why, and with what method they voted. The dems have built quite the coalition but its a house of cards; its a fractured coalition of single issue voters held together by a media-invested hollyweird worshipping demagogue. They can be piecemealed away bitby bit without sacrficing principle.
Give it to the dems on their community organizing machine. We dont need to reinvent that model. We MUST develop our own. One that will INSTILL our principles in a language tailored to the audience. Theyve tailored theirs on the community organizer, we can create ours around the military special operator. This the winning of hearts and minds in our own third world backyard dem strongholds.
This isnt as difficult as it sounds. It requires a patient and immediate effort that starts with the post election analysis looking not for what we WANT to find, but for the GROUND TRUTH. GROUND TRUTH is REAL INTELLIGENCE not Rovian number-crunching wishful thinking.
It will require an insurgent effort at the ground level. An infiltration into dem areas that we identify are weak or vulnerable to start cutting in to the blue.
The COIN (insurgeny/counterinsurgency)effort would include the identification of these areas, the inflitration of the areas through churches and charitable organizations AND PARTICULARLY THROUGH EDUCATION.
There ARE like thinkers in these communities. How do we find them? Ask Jesse L. Peterson. Ask JC Watts and Herman Cain. They KNOW how to splinter these vulnerable areas off the blue.
The hispanic issue is RIPE for moving into the red. Catholic, family oriented cultures who beleive in being left alone and naturally distrust the government. And they voted Obama? This is the epitome of the single issue voter. the RNC needs to go toe to toe, issue to issue with the Race and counter it in that community, in that language, at THAT LEVEL.
Think it cant be done? SOF has been doing it since the end of World War II. It CAN be done.
WE must get deep into the education system to promote the ideals and values of conservatism that should be selling themselves. Im not talking about traditional public schools and universities. They are ROTTED with liberals. They also arentthe keys to education in the 21st century.
Im talking about the new way to educate - the online universities, the trade schools and nightschools. Corporate allies need to invest and educate with the ideals of economic and fiscal conservatism.
The RNC needs to lead and develop this effort. A novice like me can see that there is a disconnect between the voting habits of catholic-dominated hispanics and pockets of baptist blacks and their actual stated values. That disconnect can be exploited if it is done slowly, deliberately, and effectively.
INFORMATION WARFARE: We are ATROCIOUS AT THIS. Dems get a simple message out early and often. They poison the well and we are left to change minds rather than get the initial impression right from jump. We constantly play defense and think we are sooooo clever when dems (as they ALWAYS do) do something stupid or illegal and shocked when the media all but ignores it. We must take the offensive in getting up in every Candy Crowley, every George Stepenopolis face and call them what they are: democratic hacks posing as the objective media
We ABSOLUTELY MUST be proactive. We must attack at EVERY OPPORTUNITY then add each fail of the dems to a trend and theme. These themes must be simple, tailored, and repetitively broadcast to each target demographic.
We must look out beyond the 5 and 10 meter targets. Weve got to effectively interpret what the dem message is on the horizon and confront it at all levels - from the national MSM level filtering directly down to the target group level. Even I can see what the talking points of the upcoming week are by watching the Sunday talking head programs. Defense is unacceptable. we cant pretent that the most outrageous comment wont gain traction then act surprised when weeks later, that theme picks up steam. Attack, attack, attack.
Alinsky tactics must be turned against their masters. There is GREAT power in ridicule and scorn. They make it too easy to use. It needs to be culturally tailored and consistent. Dennis Miller needs his own show on FNC AND a late night show on Fox. Let him source and promote culturally diverse conserative comedians that vulnerable areas can relate to and remember. Bold Fresh tours arent enough.
This is only part of an overall information operation plan that is constant in a simple party message and what it means to each target group.
WE DONT DO THAT WELL. WHY NOT? I find it unbelievable that Obama has hijacked the reputation and imagery of the Party of Lincoln.
COIN operations involve a very in depth understanding of cultural idocyncracies and how best to exploit them to our advantage. Its not a wool-over-the-eyes approach or a free shit approach like the dems sell. THAT ALWAYS COMES UP SHORT.
Its a sell based on how it effects each target group and what it means to them. If its done right, I am CONFIDENT that the tenets of conservatism sell themselves.
In Civil Miltary Operations, assistance in areas that seem unrelated builds trust in the agency. Granted, theres a fine line between assistance and the giving of free shit but, the special operations forces walk that line well. It can be done. Community outreach in areas that we identify, in ways that we havent before can build a larger tent without sacrificing our beliefs.
The military has been doing this in third world countries for years. Weve been more successful in some areas, less successful in others. In the United States third world strongholds of the Democratic Party,I am confident that it can be done.
Heres the kicker: There are countless retired special operations planners and operators working overseas as contractors RIGHT NOW. Its too easy; the RNC needs to hire them as contractors over here.
This is, by far, not the only avenue weve got to pursue in order to turn the tide.
But, if we are going to war, the RNC must look to the military to rediscover and reorganize. The number-crunching beancounters have their place in the organization but, on their best days, they can only identify who will and wont vote Republican.
This is a Hearts and Minds effort.
It requires a new way to think about the political battlefield.
Rangers Lead the Way.
Who’d of thought the confederates would win, only took them a hundred years or so, they even had the blacks help too, how ironic!
Logan’s Run — really? I did not that picture in my mind.
Thanks, I needed that in a strange way. I feel better now.
Only one conservative has been elected since Herbert Hoover. And even with his immense popularity was not able to cut the government by one dime.
I agree with the author. “It’s over” when you give up. I don’t have a setting for “give up.” People can throw out all the statistics and projections they want, but I’ll just go on and make a bad joke and have another baby. As Mr. Klavan said, I’ll know it’s over when they put me in the ground.
Nor this one.
With epic failure comes epic consequences. Go ahead and hope and pray but you best prepare yourselves for those consequences.
Ahem...no LR, think Star Trek. Care to guess the episode?
I’m stumped. enlighten me.
We’re having a little tea party venison breakfast cookout in the morning. Maybe a dozen of us in the garage to talk about some local issues and how to proceed with them.
It usually leads to plotting against some native canine wildlife.
Random thoughts. There’s working hard and there’s working smart. Being lucky and being good.
Most of us would like to think that we’re both lucky and good, hardworking and smart.
Sub rosa: “beneath the rose.” “Those who hid well, lived well.” Spinoza
I can see a lot of hardworking, smart conservatives—lucky and good at what they do—dropping out. Refusing to play the game. Little Galts, for at least four years or until the SHTF, and now it’s not a question of whether but when.
I don’t feel “lost” but I’m not working harder so I can pay more over to Uncle Obama so he can “redistribute” it.
Perhaps, but many of the comments at the link were right on.