Today, via the Morning Jolt from National Review, I read an absolutely brilliant article by Jim Geraghty. But, before I share with you the wonders that it holds, I have some news for all tax payers (present or future): the ACA deadline has been pushed back if you request an extension, which will give you until “Mid-April”. So, it appears despite Lebron James’ advertising for Obamacare, people would rather poke a seasick crocodile than sign up. Now that I’ve gotten the Grinch stuck in your head (you can thank me later), I’ll give you a second before discussing one of the best articles from National Review that I’ve read in a while (and that’s saying something, considering the caliber of some of Victor Davis Hanson’s recent ones)
Unruly Progressives, by Jim Geraghty, analyzes the viewpoint expressed by Saul Alinsky in his book Rules for Radicals, in which Alinsky states, “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this…“. Geraghty mentions another figure who utilizes this same idea, James O’Keefe, expressing the theory that the only way for people on the Right to win is to make people on the wrong *cough* I mean Left live up to their own rules, to eliminate the double standard, in other words. Geraghty points out that, while this is indeed what will have to be done, Liberals simply do not care about their own rules. Much like a phalanx would close ranks on a fallen soldier, the liberal media instantaneously responds to a misstep by universally covering, or ignoring, the error. This extends to all sorts of issues, such as simple mistakes like the “Respect” misspelling earlier this year to more serious taboos such as Bill Maher’s comments about Sarah Palin or Bill Clinton’s scandals, to Michael Moore’s refusal to use union workers on his film, because it was too expensive, and the liberal magazine The Nation, who wrote a letter to Walmart demanding it pay Walmart employees 12$ per hour, made a recent decision to start paying interns minimum wage instead of 3.75 per hour (When the minimum wage increased, they announced they would have to hire fewer interns. If only some group of people pointed out that this would happen). This kind of hypocrisy extends to all reaches of liberalism, such as the previously mentioned Michael Moore alongside Rosie O’Donnell, both strict gun-control advocates, traveling with armed security, or opponents of charter schools sending their kids to expensive private schools. The secret to victory for conservatives was not discovered by a professor from the 70’s, but rather by Sun Tzu. The call to arms for conservatives needs to be one of unification and dedication rather than division and defeat, as Tzu wrote, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” (From The Art of War).