Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals describes for would-be community organizers how they can carry out widespread attacks on as many fronts as possible, leaving their opponents in a hopelessly defensive position, confused, unfocused and rudderless. In such a state, it’s far more difficult to organize a response and go on the offensive. In our current political environment, it’s a standard approach of the statists to try to keep we conservatives off-balance, and continually spinning around to defend against another knife in the back, but falling for this is the easy path to defeat. The Cloward and Piven strategy provides the blueprint for overwhelming the welfare state as a method to drive us into full-bore socialism. We conservatives should be too smart to fall for these tactics, and we can use our energies so much more effectively if we focus on a single front, concentrate our efforts on one battle at a time, surging en masse in a single direction. Knock them down one at a time, and we can prevail. It’s the reason this immigration bill has been the nearly singular focus of this site for the last two weeks. If we stay on one message at a time, we can win, but if we spread ourselves too thin, on too many fronts, and the left and the DC establishment class can overwhelm us.
As an example, this morning a number of well-meaning people seem consumed by what the Supreme Court has ruled in a number of cases. Here’s the question: Can we change it today? No. Can we do anything about it today? No, we can moan and groan, but there’s nothing to be gained by focusing on that. Another is the IRS scandal. What’s happening in that vein today? Nothing of note, and bluntly, with Congress under the control of insiders, not much will come of it now anyway. Skip it. Today, the Senate is taking up an amendment to the immigration bill, and the whole thing is a sham. We may or may not be able to stop it by voicing our concerns and displeasure with Senators, but at least there is some chance to swing things our way. If we become too distracted by extraneous matters about which we can do little or nothing at all today, we fall directly into the overload trap that has been so carefully laid out before us.
Even on Wednesday, with the despicable rulings of Anthony Kennedy and his four statist pals, we must not lose focus. The vote on the immigration bill is scheduled for Thursday, and we must again proclaim to senators our anger with the bill, and our rage with their participation in it. It’s a long shot, but even if we fail, we must turn so many as we are able because this bill will next move to the House, where our initial goal must be to prevent the bill or any variation of an immigration bill from being discussed in any form. This is because if the House passes any form of immigration bill, it will go to conference, and just like with Obama-care, the version that we will be saddled with will be the Senate bill, as amended, through and through.
Do not fall for the promises of Paul Ryan or John Boehner that this will be an improved bill. It will not be improved from your perspective, at any rate, however “improved” the DC establishment believes it to be. Thursday, come Hell or high water, you must call and fax your Senators, but even if the bill passes the Senate, you must be prepared to begin calling House members too, as the focus shifts from one chamber to the other. I don’t need to tell you how important stopping this bill is to the fate of the country, because you already know it.
A friend on Facebook was kind enough to provide a list of Senators with toll-free numbers you can call. I thank her kindly for providing this list:
|Ayotte 888-995-1986||Baucus 888-995-2041||Begich 888-995-2055|
|Brown, Sherrod 888-995-2029||Burr 888-995-2097||Chambliss 888-995-1975|
|Coburn 888-995-1952||Cochran 888-995-1953||Corker 888-995-5271|
|Cornyn 888-995-2037||Donnelly 888-995-2034||Hagan 888-995-1994|
|Harkin 888-995-2023||Hatch 888-978-3148||Heitkamp 888-995-2048|
|Heller 888-995-5451||Hoeven 888-995-2047||Isakson 888-995-1978|
|Johanns 888-995-2038||Johnson 888-995-2052||Kirk 888-995-5459|
|Landrieu 888-995-2026||Manchin 888-995-1992||McCaskill 888-995-2019|
|McConnell 888-995-1997||Moran 888-995-6517||Murkowski 888-995-2057|
|Portman 888-995-2027||Pryor 888-995-2016||Rubio 888-995-5431|
|Sanders 888-978-3143||Stabenow 888-978-3092||Tester 888-995-2045|
|Thune 888-995-2051||Toomey 888-995-1993|
We must focus our energies where we can make a difference. I know there are other important issues all around us, coming at us from every conceivable direction. We must prioritize our efforts, because otherwise, we become disorganized and off-message, or the message becomes lost altogether. Let us speak with a clear voice until the outcome of the immigration bill is resolved. Let us turn away briefly from other issues, particularly since there is little or nothing we can do about so many of them. We will not undo court decisions any time soon. We will not get just on Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, Fast and Furious, or any of the other scandals, but we can change the outcome of this bill. We can push hard enough to get their attention and keep it, and perhaps in so doing, avoid the brewing national disaster that is the Gang-of-Tr8ors bill.
On Wednesday evening, House Budget Committee Chairman and former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan(R-WI) made his case to Sean Hannity. Ryan lied to Hannity in front of a national audience, promising the House bill will be much tighter, but by now, conservatives and other common sense independents should recognize the misdirection in Ryan’s propaganda: It is not the House bill itself about which we should worry, but the conference bill that will be dominated by the Senate. That will be the final bill, whatever the House passes, which is why we must prevent the House from passing anything on immigration, should the bill make it through the Senate. It’s time we conservatives make our displeasure known and while it may or may not get the desired result, we mustn’t fail to give it our best effort. This is for all the marbles.