Hold Onto Our Position?
War is a state of conflict existing between persons, parties, nations, or the alliances made up of any of these. The object of war is to dominate one’s enemy, and to impose one’s will over them, even if one’s will is nothing more complicated than naked destruction. Carl von Clausewitz observed that “war is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse carried on with other means. What remains peculiar to war is simply the peculiar nature of its means.” That being the case, it must also be true to say that politics is the means by which the hostilities of open war are concealed behind words. If all is fair in love and war, it is likewise fair in politics, and considering the radical left, at war with America for more than a century, we conservatives ought to expect that there is no scheme or connivance that exceeds their capacity for ruthlessness. In stark contrast, while they know they’re at war, many of us have innocently believed it was “just politics,” as though the object of politics had been something less destructive. History has shown us that politics is merely the extension of war, a pretty face painted on Death, and we ought to recognize its true nature.
Some won’t understand how “mere politics” can be the other side of the same philosophical coin as war. Let us refrain from the mincing of words: Politics is the means by which some people are coerced to obey the will of others. Slavery was a legal institution, created in politics, and backed-up by force. You might find that Obama-care is immoral, as do I, but in order to enforce it upon us, the government has claimed the authority to compel us to participation. When I say “compel,” I mean quite literally “force.” If you refuse, they will use the legal system to pursue you, and if you refuse to submit and surrender, they will ultimately kill you. Yes, I said “kill.” Have you any illusions about it? Do you not see that this is ultimately all government has in order to impose its dicta?
The more virulently oppressive government becomes, the more commonplace the use of coercion and force becomes. In a civilized state, the use of force is limited only to use against those who have committed wrongs, or crimes against other individuals. It is not used as an aggressive tool by which to compel others to servitude. This had been the essence of America in its earliest decades, and in those times, the left did not exist as such, and certainly did not have access to the reins of power, and yet their forerunners set up loopholes through which they would later slither. Make no mistake: The force of government is no longer an instrument of defense of the American people, but is instead the weapon of brutal invaders who use laws written against us, and for their protection. The statists of the left have captured the law, and it is the great continuation of their war against us.
People have been stunned at the rapidity with which the left and its media mouthpieces began to blame Rush Limbaugh, or the Tea Party for the shooting overnight in a theater in Aurora, Colorado. We have seen this before: It is the immediate reaction of every leftist on the planet who has access to the media in the aftermath of any human tragedy. This is another form their war takes. Their hope is to create an impression as a matter of propagandizing the audience. Brian Ross likely knew there had been a low probability of a connection between the 24-year-old shooter and the Tea Party, and he knew he would be forced to issue some form of apology, but he also knew the apology would be swept onto some obscure page on ABC’s website, long after the people who heard his earlier remarks had long gone. “Mission Accomplished!” The object of his “reporting” was the smear aimed at the Tea Party, so when a fifty-something man from Aurora Colorado heard himself being identified as the shooter, he understandably responded by disconnecting his phone to protect his own life and family. Let us hope that he retains a legal shark who will eat ABC News and Brian Ross for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but even if he does, he will face a law that will offer Brian Ross et al protection, while obstructing his pursuit of justice.
You might think that Ross had merely been anxious to scoop the story on the gunman’s identity, but while I am certain there was some element of journalistic competitiveness driving the erroneous and premature identification, the truth is that his methodology was to immediately begin surfing the Internet looking for a James or Jim Holmes related to Tea Party groups in Aurora Colorado. He found one, and when he did, he ran with it, because he saw it not only as an opportunity to get the “scoop,” but also as an opportunity to score a propaganda coup against his political opponents. What Brian Ross did was to make the innocent Jim Holmes the victim of political profiling and media malpractice. Since the left is at war with America, however, the innocent fifty-eight year-old man will be considered by Brian Ross, George Stephanopolous, and ABC News as mere collateral damage. Besides, he is a Tea Party guy, so to Hell with him. Whether there is a lawsuit, it is irrelevant to the media personalities involved: They’re at war, and in war, sometimes there will be mistaken targets, but if those mistaken targets are aligned with one’s enemies, so much the better.
This is how the left functions at all times, and they are shamelessly convinced that they must carry out the war against America without mercy. For the moment, that war is mostly one of political rhetoric and subterfuge, but conservatives should understand that their objective is no different than that of actual combat. They exist to compel and coerce you to their ends, and ultimately, if they cannot convince you to voluntarily submit, they will revert to open warfare. This is the meaning of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Occupiers comprises one part of the intended army of dupes to carry out the violence if need be, even as a justification for governmental force.
Statists are not without values, although they vary dramatically from yours. Their love complies with their values quite consistently, and it is this continual devotion to purpose that drives them forward and has allowed them to win, more or less, throughout most of the last century. Even when we have won the occasional temporary victory over them, they still managed to advance the ball somewhere, somehow, in some issue upon which we had surrendered. The conservative movement has been winning a lot of battles, but it’s been losing the wider war. The institutional left has been at war with America since the late 1800s, whether or not Americans at large recognized it as such. While we’ve been trying to maintain some sort of polite debating society, the left has been planning how to undermine our constitution, the republic it had established, and the culture of independence that had made it possible.
I am going to convey something that will likely be rewarded with scorn from some quarters, but I believe that out of respect for simple, plain-spoken truth, it must be said: Due to their shocking similarities, as a result of the basic, underlying roots of their system of morality, the institutional left has become the ostensibly secular equivalent of the Muslim Brotherhood, or al Qaeda. You might think I’ve gone a bit daft, but I assure you that the comparison is valid in all ways. You might insist that they’re not strapping bombs to their chests, and running into crowds of infidels to their cause, but I assure you, this is only because at present, they are winning, slowly, but steadily. When Brian Ross presented the preliminary results of his “investigation” into James or Jim Holmes, he did so knowing that his information was weak, and he knew it could be damaging and destructive, but so intent upon “scoring” a victory against his political foes was he, that he strapped on the story and charged onto your television screen in order to detonate his propaganda bomb. Would he face sanctions? Probably not, but even if so, he’d be picked up by MSNBC or some other leftist outlet that is more concerned with his commitment to the cause than with his journalistic integrity.
This is the form of the war at present, but I am warning you to pay attention because it may not always be restrained to our current political warfare, and if the coin flips, you will quickly learn how committed this cabal of leftist true believers is to dominate you, and how willing to rule you by naked force they are once you scrape away the veneer of their words. Do not be deceived: We already have all the evidence necessary to convict this group of radicals as charged, only they own the courts, the law, and the power to enforce it.
The left loves power, and specifically, the power over life and death of others, but since they cannot create life, and instead can only steal it, they are consumed by the instrumentalities of death. War is death’s greatest implement, and what you had ought to recognize is that there can be no middle ground in this war. Bystanders and fence-sitters are every bit as apt to be destroyed as the participants. They pursue their objective relentlessly, and it is this consistency of effort that affords them long-term victories.
Consider it in another way, if you please: As conservatives, by and large, we are a people satisfied to live our lives by our own efforts and on our own merits, come what may. Ours is not the philosophy of coercing the innocent – people who had done no wrong – but instead the philosophy of rejecting coercion as the basis for human relations in a civilized society. Conservatives expect that amongst honest men, there may be competition without conflict in its basest form. Ours is a philosophy that generally avoids imposing coercion on others as a tool of exchange. We believe in volitional exchange from mutual strengths to mutual advantage. This is why capitalism can succeed at all, and what conservatives generally expect is that one should be left alone to his own devices so long as he is not outwardly harming others. Not quite libertarian, but close cousins to be sure, conservatives are generally willing to prohibit some actions they believe destructive of the civil society. In the main, conservatives wish to be left alone, unimpeded by the capricious desires of others, whether directly or through governments. Conservatives do not seek, in principle, to make gains by force that they could not make by the voluntary exchange with others.
The left does not admit of any restraint upon their claim to coerce others. In their view, coercion and force are merely tools used to get their way, and they use them aggressively. Leftists must always attack, because they seek to make gains from their coercion. The reason for this dramatic difference is implicit in the nature of the sort of person who is conservative, or “liberal.” Conservatives are willing to rely upon volitional exchange, because in point of fact, they most frequently have plenty to offer, and are willing to create the material value necessary for said commerce. In stark contrast, the left is not satisfied to rely upon volitional exchange, because with respect to their fellow man, they create nothing of value. If one has nothing to offer in exchange for things of value rightfully possessed by others, one has but a single alternative: Expropriation, and naked theft, with coercion as one’s means of exchange.
Leftists believe no weapon is superior to the possession of the largest and/or most ruthless mob. They are willing to substitute a club or a gun for a syllogism at the first evidence that logic and reason will fail them, and there is no rationale that exceeds in quality their estimation of the primitive consideration that condenses at long last to: “I want it.” They are takers by profession, and they will take with a gun in one hand, a smile firmly affixed to their faces, all on the basis of the premise that “might makes right.” These are the modern cavemen who would club their mates into submission, dragging them to the cave, not interested in wooing but merely in dominating others to achieve their ends.
Those who fail to recognize this deadly basis for the century-long war the left has waged on America do so at the predictable expense of their own values. The left struggled one-hundred years at least to seize control of the law, knowing that you would obey each new dictum without much resistance, because you innocently believed that this would be enough. Now, fully a century after the attack was first launched, you’ve begun to notice that their demands never end, and that there is no compromise you may make that will finally satisfy their claims. It is the perpetual motion machine of goal-lines: No matter what you surrender, and irrespective to what degree you may have already folded, they have not had their fill, because, as they predict on the basis of your past retreats, you can be prodded into yet another.
In 1994, when Hillary-care went bust with the American people, they did not cease. Before a decade would elapse, they had an allegedly conservative President enacting their programs in small segments. By the time Barack Obama signed his Affordable Care Act into law, much of the worst of socialized medicine already existed in fact. This was merely the act in completion of a strategy stretched across a century of warfare. They do no yield, and they will not surrender. There is no time in which you can expect them to simply give up as defeated and go away with their horrid ideas, no matter how many times you may tell them “no.”
What they have succeeded most of all in doing is to convince you that you will always ultimately lose, because over the long march of time, you have innocently moved from battlefield to battlefield, never noticing that these are not isolated attacks, but the full collaboration of a war waged against you on all front. You may rush to the defense of one battlement, or to the strengthening of another flank, but they continue their war always and relentlessly. At the rank-and-file level, they don’t know or care that they’re each part of a coordinated attack. Some of them even believe foolishly that they are in defense of the citadel of liberty, on all fronts but perhaps some one exceptional issue they care not to defend, and against which they may even join in the attack.
The war is real, and victory will go only to those who had recognized it as such. With the 1993 WTC bombings, we should have known. With the embassy bombings in 1998, and the attack on the USS Cole, we should have realized this was a wider war. It shouldn’t have taken the attacks of 9/11 to wake us to this reality. In the same way, we should have known when the 16th Amendment was ratified, that this would be the opening salvo. When the New Deal came along, we should have noticed that it was a war against us all, and by the time the Great Society was proposed, the American people should have rejected it all, but we did not. Instead, we have come to accept those programs as a baseline of our existence, when we should have battled to cast them off, but weary from each engagement, defeated and demoralized, we instead took up a position in an attempt to hold the line. We have never succeeded because we have never recognized it as a war. We never charged the enemy, but always clung instead to a wilting defense.
If we are to win this war, we must recognize it as such, first and foremost, but rather than try to defend walls that have been breached already, it is time that we must consider a bold counter-offensive. The enemy(I do not use this term lightly) is already rallying for another attempt against our Second Amendment in the wake of the Aurora Colorado shooting. They take no days off, and no days at ease, and have begun already to advance legislation and regulation they’ve kept in their arsenal for decades. Rather than trying to stave off another attack on the 2nd Amendment by claiming your right to bear arms, about which they do not care, and that will not slow them, we must launch a counteroffensive. We must push for the wider extension of gun rights. Now. We must claim the moral high ground by championing the self-efficacy of arms possessed by the law-abiding in their self-defense. Rather than letting them seize the moment, as they will, we must seize it first.
Another great warrior admonished us:
“I don’t want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We’re not holding anything, we’ll let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly, and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose, and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time, and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose.” – George S Patton
If you wish to win the war against the statist left, you must know it as such. You must rise to fight it as such. You may not recognize it as a war, but your enemy does, and while you exchange thoughtful pleasantries, the enemy is scouting your flanks. It’s time to realize that their words are weapons of war, and we are under attack.
” All right now, you sons of bitches, you know how I feel. I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere. That’s all.” – George S Patton