Pick the target. Unfreeze it. Depersonalize it. Depolarize it. Make them live up to their own rules.
- Critical Race Theory
- Modern Monetary Theory
- Gender Fluidity
- Climate Change
- Social Justice
…all have in common?
First, none of them make any logical sense on their own.
Critical Race Theory claims to end racism by being even more racist, just against the “right” race. Modern Monetary theory claims the laws of economics do not matter. Gender Fluidity claims that nature and biology do not matter. Climate change claims that weather events are evidence of man’s impact on the world. Social Justice claims equal justice is not justice, a thumb must be placed on the scales to create “real justice”. Equity claims that equality of opportunity is not real equality, like social justice, it is the outcome that must be leveled out.
Secondly, none of them are consistent with the ideals upon which America was built – but when you view them through the lens of political power, they ALL make sense.
Absolutely none of this is new. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
In a great article on January 27, 2011, the great James Taranto wrote:
“America’s liberal left is preoccupied with salacious fantasies of political violence. These take two forms: dreams of leftist insurrection, and nightmares of reactionary bloodshed. The “mainstream” media ignore or suppress the former type of fantasy and treat the latter as if it reflected reality. This produces a distorted narrative that further feeds the left’s fantasies and disserves those who expect the media to provide truthful information.”
The left even tried to advance the false narrative that the Tea Party was racist and violent. We all remember how the tried to blame Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and conservative talk radio for the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by a nutjob with no political affiliation. Just as they are trying to get Fox News banned today for pointing out the violence of the left, they tried to use tragedy to shut down conservative talk radio.
In 2011, the New Yorker’s Hendrick Herzberg claimed that “these realities, and not the malevolence of liberal opportunists, were why, in the immediate aftermath of the crime, the ‘national conversation’ focused on the nation’s poisonous political and rhetorical climate.”
Of course, that was all crap. Today, just as it was a decade ago, the “eruption of shocking vituperation and hatred” is a fabrication, a media myth that occurs after every shooting, every leftist sponsored and condoned riot and every failure of government to do its job. Every progressive failure is the fault of the right. As has been pointed out many times, when Republicans screw up, that is the story – when Democrats screw up, the Republican reaction to it is the story.
It is now standard practice the progressive left will take every senseless and vile situation and make it even more disgusting by immediately personalizing and repackaging it for political advantage.
Saul Alinsky was an American community organizer and writer and is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. His ideas were later adapted by some US college students and other young organizers in the late 1960s and formed part of their strategies for organizing on campus and beyond. IN 1970, Time Magazine wrote “American democracy is being altered by Alinsky’s ideas…” and conservative author William F. Buckley said he was “very close to being an organizational genius.” And the reasons for this “organizing”? Simply put, it is the acquisition of power, the ability to control and effect the transformation of society. Supreme among these is the acquisition of power because power makes control and transformation possible.
In Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals”, he promulgates this oft quoted dictum, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” What we are seeing in the current political landscape is this simple four step concept in full bodied application. The personal has been made political and the political made personal. There is no difference between them.
Religious Conservatives are ridiculed for our belief in God. We are attacked for our reliance on, and reverence for, the US Constitution. We are attacked for our stance on abortion. We are called heartless, greedy, selfish…basically one step below Neanderthals. Conservatives have just been falsely accused in a blood libel of “creating an environment of hate” for decades now. When the personal becomes political, nothing off limits and rational debate is impossible. Everything is interpreted in political terms. Every motive has a political basis – even when they do not.
Language is often the greatest casualty. In a 2010 Washington Post column titled “The Last Refuge of a Liberal”, the late Charles Krauthammer provided some valuable insight about this process:
“Ah, the people, the little people, the small-town people, the ‘bitter’ people, as Barack Obama in an unguarded moment once memorably called them, clinging ‘to guns or religion or’ – this part is less remembered – ‘antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.’
That’s a polite way of saying: clinging to bigotry. And promiscuous charges of bigotry are precisely how our current rulers and their vast media auxiliary react to an obstreperous citizenry that insists on incorrect thinking.
- Resistance to the vast expansion of government power, intrusiveness and debt, as represented by the Tea Party movement? Why, racist resentment toward a black president.
- Disgust and alarm with the federal government’s unwillingness to curb illegal immigration, as crystallized in the Arizona law? Nativism.
- Opposition to the most radical redefinition of marriage in human history, as expressed in Proposition 8 in California? Homophobia.
- Opposition to a 15-story Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero? Islamophobia.”
The environment created by the progressive Alinskyites is pervasive and ubiquitous. Targets, including anyone not a solid progressive, are acquired, frozen in place by false premises, then everything is personalized via illicit language and terminology. Now the polarization is almost complete.
It is tiring. I know that people are tired. I am. Regular folks just want it to stop. People feel constantly under attack because there is no refuge from it once it becomes personal. There is fallout, collateral damage. People just want it to be over. They want to know what the endgame is.
Is there an endgame?
Of course, there is. There are two possible outcomes. One is that the progressive Alinskyites win. They gain and hold power. Politics becomes permanently the province of the personal and penetrates every aspect of public and private life because it must; this is the only way that the progressives can hold onto power. In an Alinskyite universe, the current climate will always exist.
The second is that we break their hold. One of the effects of polarization is that we no longer share the same goals. Today, we are not arguing over different tactics to achieve the same goal, we are arguing over the goals themselves. When we depersonalize the political by focusing on the facts, we eliminate half-truths and spin and deal with the real issues. We eliminate opinion masquerading as fact, drop the slick messaging and speak frankly and truthfully to each other. Only then can we depolarize.
Reverse Alinsky. Pick the target. Unfreeze it. Depersonalize it. Depolarize it. Put Alinsky and the progressive movement in the crosshairs.
Make them live up to their own rules. We must end this.