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First know your opponent, second understand his tactics

It seems to me that too many people, especially pundits are unwilling or unable to put Barack Obama into perspective. Let me make that simple Barack Obama is a community organizer.  And since that defines his being lets review what makes a Community Organizer, going directly to the source. Saul Alinsky’s rules for radicals. Alinsky defines a series of rules for power.

Alinsky’s Power Tactics:

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

2. Never go outside the experience of your people.

3. Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.

4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

5. Ridicule is mans most potent weapon.

6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.

7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.

8. Keep the pressure on with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.

9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

10. The major premise of tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.

If you are paying attention, you will see how the Republicans were defeated, what the next steps are to reduce the Republican influence and how our sides failure to understand our opponents has weakened us and made us vulnerable in the next election.

Lets look at the recent Government shut down issues and what tactics were used.

9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.

- This is the most important point and the biggest failure by the Boehner leadership. The threat of a government shut down is far worse than an actual shutdown. The term itself is misleading, because the government continues to operate, only at reduced levels. And really, isn’t that what we want, a smaller government that operates at reduced levels.  Democrats applied this to scare people, and Boehner let them,

1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.

-  Obama used this effectively. We went into negotiations with Democrats thinking they hold all the cards, and our side agreeing. Take not paying the miltary. Air Force One never sits still. He uses it to fly to Kansas for a photo op. Not paying the military would have pissed a lot of people off, people the President depends on. He likes his military toys, it was a bluff. If he pissed of his military the world would have turned on him like sharks to blood. The President has made more enemies and lost more friends than anyone since LBJ. Yet we let him get away with it.

3. Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.

- Obama used this, when in fact it was our best tactic. Republicans want less government, and all you get with a government shutdown is less government. But Republicans do not have the experience of this being positive and combined with a lack of courage made it a winner for Obama. BUT it would never have worked. The Democrats are big spending, big government types, and while Obama might have been comfortable the base of the party and it’s support would have been devastated. Being in shut down mode is way outside the experience of the bureaucrats and would quickly become uncomfortable.

12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

- Republicans should have been prepared for a long shut down, I mean weeks. During this time they could put forth bills to resolve problems. A bill to guarantee that a smaller, leaner government would still pay it’s seniors. A bill to secure military funding. A bill to turn over to the states responsibility for the EPA. A bill to fund and turn over to the states funding for health education and welfare programs. The idea is that everytime the President refuses to pay for these things, he looses support. AND everytime we come up with a plan that is different, people can see where they might be better off without Washington involvement. Take education. Let the states run it. Block grant the money, shut down the appropriate federal agencies and get out of the business entirely.  Sure the president will veto it, or the Senate will stone wall it. See point 3 above.

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.

- Obama would be personally responsible for this shut down. He is the one complaining that people can’t get their own way all the time. And yet he is willing to sacrifice the security of the population for a lousy 2% spending reduction.The republicans who are trying disparately  to fund the government, without selling out to China and he vetoed everything. Every day, every Republican could have used their time to talk up the bills in Congress, to make their case in the media and to put a face and a name to the suffering the shut down was causing: “Barack Obama”.  “Give us back Just 2% Barrack! Are you so greedy you would see old people starving, poor people dying, babies being born unwanted, all because you can’t give move in our direction just 2% of the way? What kind of monster are you?”

But instead, the democrats used the fear of a shut down against Boehner. Only a complete lack of preparedness could have lost this battle, but loose it we did. Spin about changing the direction of the conversation is just lipstick on a pig. Sooner or later through budget or resistance we must shut down all non-essential spending. What is eliminating non-essential spending in the budget if not shutting down that non-essential portion of the government? It is not a question of if we will shut it down non-essential spending, but when.

WmCraig

Evangelical Traditionalist – spreading the gospel of self determination through restoration of local and state government control over the matters of it’s citizens.

TRADITIONALISM A philosophy that government should function with a respect for the limits of it’s own authority taking priority over all other considerations.

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