There is a classic book, “On War” by Carl von Clausewitz, written in the early 1800s, which makes a number of observations about war that stand the test of time. In fact, the book is a standard part of the curricula for US military leaders. In the book, his most famous axiom is that “War is politics by other means,” by which he meant that there was a continuum of action that begins with diplomacy and ends when a state commits its forces to combat in war.
Like everything else these days, the leftist/statist folks attempting to ‘transform America,’ seem to have turned this notion on its head. Instead, we find ourselves in a situation where “Politics is War by other means.” Since we are too strong militarily to bring down, and our economy is the strongest in the world, those that would have America be reduced or defeated have had to resort to politics as their means.
In the slow movement from Progressivism of the early 20th Century to the present day, most ably detailed by other authors and commentators such as Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, the statists have been working from within to alter our nation. They have been using politics as a surrogate for war, because war was proving to be the more difficult course. While there have been some direct military threats to our nation the Axis Powers of World War II and the communist states of the Cold War, those were turned away. The final gasp of Soviet Russia in the late 1980s showed that military conflict and direct assault were too difficult to bring about the change in the US that the left was seeking. The statists knew that they needed a “Plan B,” because it was obvious as time wore on that direct conflict wasn’t going to go their way. So, in parallel with the efforts of the statist governments, other leftists worked to get support for their cause through our own culture and media to insert their messages and gain political leverage. For a great discussion of this aspect, see David Kupelian’s new book How Evil Works. He has a great discussion of Alinsky, Axelrod and Obama, among many other examples.
Kupelian’s book has an armful of insight and a bushel of hope for those of us that are concerned about the future of our nation. He has some really terrific thoughts about how we can turn back the current torrent of transformation — and it boils down to something easy. He demonstrates that by unleashing the truth about the issues, relentlessly but positively, everyday Americans can be brought back from the seductions of the statists: the security of their handouts and the promises that they can solve our problems. We need to be creative and, at times, indirect in the methods used to reach Americans. With the left controlling much of the MSM, we may need to use alternatives to reach out successfully. But Kupelian shows that open confrontation and argument with the opposition may be a waste of time–until they can be made to understand that we actually care about them as individuals. His example of the pro-life groups reaching out to pregnant women and caring for them — while showing them their decision in the flesh with ultrasound pictures is the most effective way to win the argument over abortion. Clearly, there are similar ways to reach workers being ill served by unions and the unemployed. There may be times when facing off with the opposition and carrying signs is the way to go, but there are other ways to get people to listen. There is a saying about communication that “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care…” and this is part of Kupelian’s message.
We can regain control of Congress and the Executive Branch by simply showing the truth to those that will listen. Those fully committed to leftist thought may never be convinced — but they are actually the minority, if we can place any trust in the results of the recent polls.
We must understand the way the opposition thinks and their methods (think Alinsky’s rules) — they are ‘at war’ with us and our values, and they are using politics as the means for their objective. Republican lawmakers must understand that their opponents believe the conference table is the battlefield, and the pages of legislation their ammunition. Having heard the President and others speak of ‘bringing a gun to a knife fight’ and ‘punch back twice as hard,’ the Republicans cannot act as though they are merely gathering to discuss whether something should be done in 2 years instead of 3, or whether there should be 400 more employees in the EPA. Republican lawmakers must understand they are also ‘at war.’
Those that don’t understand this basic point must be sent home for re-training. We must then replace them with fresh troops that are trained and ready to face the opposition with the right intensity and tactics to win.
Red State has been in the thick of this realization and re-equipping of our side for victory. We must not waver or falter. The next few months are critical.