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Friday, March 21, 2014

On Elections: The Art of War

Though not yet a presidential candidate, Dr. Benjamin Carson, now a man of renown, recently won a respectable 87% in a Linn County (Iowa) straw poll. He is an appealing candidate. No question about it.

My guess is that Dr. Carson, a refreshingly clear-headed, articulate, intelligent, even-tempered, highly principled, rags-to-riches family man and professional could well be our "2016 Reagan". Or, better yet, our "2016 Dr. Franklin".  Either would be fine by me.

But, for a moment, let's take a hard look at the political realities, at least as I see them.

I will repeat this until I'm blue in the face: the soulless Progressives win elections principally because of their ruthlessly efficient get-out-the-vote ground game and their vacuous yet terribly effective and manipulative messaging.
Cleverly co-opting the baser instincts of an increasingly dependent electorate--and NOT because of their inspiring policies, visionary rhetoric, or their striking economic successes--the Progressives will remain a formidable and dangerous political force.

Thus, when it comes to getting the voters to the polls, the GOP must learn to be as hard-boiled, slash-and-burn efficient--perhaps even more so--as their Progressive antagonists. In short, the right must declare electoral war if this country is to survive.

Oh, we can lose sleep about losing the Hispanic, Black, Youth and Woman voters, but all that is secondary to victory.

If Republicans and Conservatives don't put their campaign gloves on, mercilessly and unrelentingly hit back with the unbridled truth, clearly enunciate the earth-shattering ideological choices facing the country, sharpen their ground game to blitzkrieg proportions, and strengthen their messaging, then the Progressives will continue to threaten what precious little remains of this Republic.

And let's never forget the millions of registered Republicans who stayed home on election day in November 2012. These unprincipled couch potatoes defeated Romney--NOT Romney and most certainly not Obama's messianic leadership and enlightened policies. And such a disaster could easily befall the GOP again in 2016 unless the right gets over its timidity and pulls all stops to get the lame, the halt, the healthy, the young, the old, the black, white, green and violet to the voting booth. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!!!! Without votes, we can't win elections. PERIOD.

The 2014 mid-term elections will shed some light on whether or not the GOP has learned anything from its feckless, lackluster and disastrous campaign strategies of the past.
Given the woefully shoddy state of the union, the Senate should be easily swept by the GOP and more GOP numbers should flood the House. That's what should happen. But, will  it? With a wary eye to the future, I await that election's outcome with baited breath and no small amount of trepidation.

Conceivably, Dr. Carson could be the finest man alive, the most enlightened and gifted candidate the country could have ever produced. But if his supporters don't get to the polls in greater numbers than those of his Progressive opponent, the country will be cursed again with yet another neo-Marxist in the White House. And this time, folks, there will be no turning back. Our constitutional republic will be finished and the exodus to Belize and other greener pastures will begin in earnest.

A Convention of States or Nullification?

Questions: Is the sole remedy for restoring constitutional order a "Art V Convention of States" whose dual purpose is to fashion new amendments to curtail a runaway federal government as well as to clarify core constitutional principles which have been so terribly misconstrued over the years? Or is the vigorous State nullification of unconstitutional federal acts alone the way to go?

With these critical questions in mind, my biggest concern with an Art V Convention of States (COS) process alone is the length of time it will require--up to 20 yrs, this according to Mark Levin, a leading COS proponent--during which time much more federal mischief can be perpetrated against the States, the People and the Constitution--perhaps irremediably.

Other concerns about COS: Why should we believe that the feds will faithfully uphold new amendments created by COS any more faithfully than they have upheld current amendments or the original meaning and intent of core Constitutional principles? Who can feel assured that there are a sufficient number of reliable constitutionalists in State governments to ensure a prudent and responsible COS amendment process and outcome? And who of us is reasonably confident that the insidious influence of self-serving lobbyists will not corrupt the faithfulness of COS participants and the integrity of their handiwork? These questions inexorably lead to this critical question: Can any conscious patriot possibly believe that a COS process alone can save the Republic?

To my way of thinking, our pressing for assertive State nullification/anti-commandeering actions while concurrently monitoring a well-focused and untainted Convention of States process is, very likely, the most efficacious and prudent way forward. After all, we should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

It is encouraging to note that the number of State anti-commandeering and nullification actions are increasing. (Check the 10th Amendment Center site for updated info on those actions.) Coupled with a growing number of States approving a COS, it clearly appears that many thoughtful Americans in State leadership positions are finally awakening to the threat of Progressive tyranny and finally committing themselves to remedial actions.

To further encourage the advancement of this two-pronged remedial strategy to restoring constitutional order, I believe the "Operation American Spring" occupation of DC beginning May 16th and the significant uptick in nullification/anti-commandeering activities already sweeping the country may well throttle  the ruthless Progressive assault on our political system and way of life. The blockbuster combo of nullification already in play and a successful "Operation American Spring" occupation of DC will, I believe, constitute the death knell of big-government Progressivism and restore constitutional order in these united States.

With so much frustration, defiance and resistance taking place at both the grassroots and State levels today, the political elites know that the fecal matter is about to hit the proverbial fan, and that the unstoppable force of millions will simply be too much for them to ignore or to easily sweep aside.

In truth, and for the first time, I believe America's ruling class and its corporate enablers are genuinely scared and, like cornered rats, are prepared to either appease the People's demands or, in their desperation, to suicidally confront an increasingly determined throng of American patriots. Either way, my sense is that stalwart American patriots will carry the day. I have to believe this, or accept the awful prospect of tyranny's triumph.