How Conservatives Can Beat Back the Progressives – A Conservative Insurgency


Kurt Schlichter has a great post up at TownHall about the way forward for conservatives in this brave new world. If we want to beat back the progressives that have infected our schools, the media, the entertainment world and our government we need to emulate the guerrilla warfare style tactics regimes like the North Vietnemese [sic] used in the Vietnam War. They were outnumbered and outgunned, but they persisted and won in the end. (Heck even the founders who beat the British would be considered insurgents today.)

Insurgents survive and win by avoiding decisive engagements until a time and place of their choosing. Tet was not the Communists’ time, and right now, we are not in a position for a decisive battle either. So what do we do?

We start thinking like guerillas [sic] – political and cultural guerillas [sic].

The first thing we need to do is get out of our head the notion that this fight will be over if we just pull off a victory in 2014 or 2016. This is not just a single political battle but a political and cultural campaign. America did not go from a nation of stalwart, self-reliant achievers to a country full of couch-dwelling EBT moochers in just four years, and we won’t change it back in the next election, or the one after that, or even the one after that. Our role models, the patriots of 1776, didn’t drive the redcoats out until 1783. Our strategic end is long-term – an America where free market values prevail, where all of our liberties are respected, and where a limited government spends within its means and only within the bounds set forth in the Constitution. We need to remember that a good many Republicans are just as opposed to that vision as the Democrats.

Initially, we should work to avoid a decisive battle. The liberals are already pushing the notion that the Tea Party is dead, but they know better and they want to finish us. After all, we are the only real threat to their progress.

We can already see where they are shaping the battlefield to defeat us: the Fiscal Cliff fight. Clearly, Obama will seek to maneuver us into an unpopular position and finish us off. You can almost hear the mainstream media’s cries of “Obstructionist Tea Party/GOP House!” We are nearly guaranteed to lose with this correlation of forces. We need to avoid the ambush.

That may require cutting our losses to retire from the battlefield – a winning guerilla movement spends most of its time retreating. We may not be able to stop them from letting taxes rise on those horrible, horrible wealthy folks, but there’s no reason we should help them. Let the Democrats buy the tax hikes. Let the affluent gentry that supported him see how they like them.

This is key. Insurgents maneuver their opponents into acting to alienate their own supporters. The GOP House can stop some of the left’s more disastrous programs, but it can’t stop them all – and it shouldn’t let itself be drawn into losing fights trying to do so. Sometimes guerillas [sic] have to let the populace feel the pain. Look at how Obamacare is already in the process of making 29 hour work weeks the new normal, and not one GOP member voted for it. Voters wanted Obama, so let them have him good and hard. And be ready to exploit the reaction.

They’re already getting it good and hard. Did you see the economic news that came out this morning? 439,000 new jobless claims, and that’s not counting all of the hourly workers getting cut back to under 30 hours per week thanks to Obamacare!

Read the whole thing, as there’s a lot more to it. Schlichter also gets into the culture, and how we need to infiltrate the media, entertainment and education industries. (Yes, I do believe education has become an industry, run by the progressive unions and the government.) The communists did it starting almost a century ago, and they were patient. I don’t think we’ve got that long, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Choose your battles wisely.

Read the rest at The Lonely Conservative


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