I wish real conservatives had real victories to speak of today, but they do not. A conservative victory really just means that our bloated federal empire will be intruding a little more into our personal lives instead of a lot more; and will continue exerting its influence over indebted states that seem more willing than ever to give up their rights in exchange for federal income. Also disheartening is that many voters (or would-be voters) do not even distinguish republicans from democrats, and why should they?
The same spread-the-wealth ideology that destroyed the lives of hundreds of millions of people last century has so ingrained itself in American society that big government institutions are not only supported by republicans, but are often fought for by that very party which once stood against them.
You can hear the revision when republicans argue against Obamacare by pointing out the cuts it will make to Medicare; or when republicans defend Social Security.
It is not happenstance that republicans have moved to the left. Sure, there is the usual blend of corruption, institutionalization, fear of losing senior voters; but the progressive way of compromise always gets liberal feet in the door.
Institutionalization: When gas prices started racing up, people screamed and screamed. Now the general public has accepted the new cost, which is over twice what it was a decade ago. If gas prices tick down a bit from a new high, who’s gonna celebrate?
There is an observation in Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals, concerning compromise: “If you start with nothing, demand 100% and compromise for 30%. You’re 30% ahead!” That’s Obamacare. Liberals demanded universal healthcare, but settled for 30%. There was no compromise, republicans lost.
He goes on to point out how important compromise is to having control of power. I’ve listened to some of my right-leaning friends tell me how the problem with the Tea Party is that they refuse to compromise. But liberals do not compromise either, not really—30% is the real goal.
The strategy, combined with a friendly media gives them huge negotiating ability; and the further the country drifts to the left, the more extreme conservatives appear, and the less negotiating power they have.
I’m not saying that Alinsky’s guideline for compromise is a secret tactic of liberals, it’s not; but it is a tool in the art of getting-what-you-want that is seldom employed on the right.
The book is full of useful tips for organizing. Of course, incorporated is the expected Marx-style ramblings from someone who, on the one hand, had great mental capacity for applying laws of human behavior to organize followers in battle, but also stuck with the childish liberal position over Haves and Have-Nots. Regardless, the pragmatic methods in Alinsky’s book hatched one of the greatest politicians the world has ever seen.
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