One of the things that drives me nuts is the fact that all of my Conservative friends have heard about the book by Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals”. But only a few have actually read it. It may be because the title seems to imply that only a radical would want or need to read a rulebook written for them.
But this is the playbook Progressives use to gain and hold power.
And since I mentioned the “P” word – Progressive – let’s put the word into context.
A Progressive politician believes that government is the answer to any and all problems. And if a problem does not exist, they will invent on to justify more government. And you will please note the absence of the words Democrat and Republican. They don’t apply to Progressives.
Progressives are Liberals with a big government agenda. And power and money are the payouts. And they will do or say anything to keep both.
Progressives exist in both parties – Republicans and Democrats can also be Progressives. Well, in truth, Progressives are Progressives. Some just call themselves Democrats or, less frequently, Republicans. Many Democrats are proud to call themselves Progressives, but only those in the very blue states. Republicans tend to shy away – or outright deny – being Progressives. But you can always tell by their willingness to lie, deny and vote for more spending, higher taxes and bigger government.
Eric Cantor is a Progressive. (So are Mitch McConnell, John McCain, John Boehner, etc.)
Cantor just happens to be a Progressive that pretends to be a Republican. And remember, they will do or say anything to keep the power and money.
And Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals is the strategy planning guide Cantor has begun using heavily to fend off the Conservatives who want him gone. Cantor has always used Rules for Radicals, but he has never needed to go beyond a couple of the rules before to protect his power. Now he has gone full Alinsky.
There is a reason I posted Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals on Virginia Right!. They are important to know so you can anticipate their next move. And recognize when you are being targeted. And there are two ways to fend off an Alinsky attack. Expose the tactics and their source, or turn the same tactics back on the Alinsky-ite. Or sometimes, both.
Let’s examine the 12 Rules for Radicals and look at how Eric Cantor is using them, and what we can do to neutralize them. (The list of rules is here – bookmark them for future reference.)
* RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)
Ok, Eric Cantor has money. That is a given. He has been fooling the Eric Cantor Zombies for almost 14 years. And a lot of them have money. But the other source of power is people. And while Cantor has a lot of them too, most of them are happy to dress up and go to a Cantor event, graze on some Hors d’oeuvre and sip some beer or wine. And they will stroke a check for the favor and to make themselves think they are “advisers” or friends with Cantor. But they are nothing more than cash cows to him. You won’t see these people at phone banks, knocking doors or working in the trenches. They will vote in November, however. But they are not going to attend a convention or vote in a primary. Some will. Most won’t.
The problem for Eric Cantor is that the ones who were dedicated, the trench workers and backbone of his campaigns are Conservatives. The TEA Party has done a lot of things, but one of the most important is exposing Eric Cantor by actually looking at his voting record. And the voting record is always the Progressive “tell”.
So Cantor’s worker bees have left the reservation leaving Cantor exposed and unable to easily brush off the Primary threat he faces in Dave Brat.
Cantor goes to his Zombies and points out his 50 or so votes to repeal, replace, fix, or otherwise get rid of Obamacare. And not a single one of these bills had even the slightest prayer of coming to the Senate floor, passing the Senate or being signed into law by Obama. Yet the Zombie supporters applaud Cantor’s efforts to save us from Obamacare.
But when Cantor has the opportunity to defund Obamacare in the budget, he declines. And he hates the TEA Party for pointing out his deception.
Where is Cantor on the IRS targeting of the TEA Party? You can hear the crickets chirp because Cantor hates the TEA Party that exposes him. And the IRS face of evil, Louis Lerner has nothing but contempt for Congress, yet she will never actually face a contempt charge. Because the man in charge – Darrell Issa – is a Progressive, just like Eric Cantor.
Countermeasure: Grassroots activists showing up in greater numbers. than Cantor’s people. Remember, many of us used to be Cantor people. See the Henrico Success story.
* RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)
So when you ask Eric Cantor about his votes go fund Obamacare and grow the government, he won’t talk about it. He won’t debate. He won’t have an open forum that would allow these questions to even be raised. I used to be one of the “friendlies” that got to ask questions at his “Town Hall” meetings. So Cantor makes people believe he is a Conservative – which most of them believe they are – and he stays within the Conservative talking points and goes back to D.C. and votes just the opposite.
Countermeasure: Education. Letting people know what Cantor is really doing. Forcing him into a debate. Ridicule, shame. We need to follow him and chant “debate”.
* RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
Hours before the Henrico meeting Eric Cantor had Delegates Jimmie Massie and John O’Bannon send out emails claiming “There is a movement underway by some who would like to change the leadership and direction of our party. They want to take away your voice in party elections by eliminating primaries”
And that is a scare tactic that Cantor used. And a complete lie. Cantor wanted his people to show up so that he could take away the voices of those who are wise to his Progressive ways by “slating”.
Countermeasure: Exposure. Spreading the word on the lies he used to strike fear into his supporters.
* RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
When anyone attacks Eric Cantor from the right, they either cite Reagan’s 11th Commandment or try to direct the fire away from Cantor and towards the real “enemy” – the Democrats. Only we know the real enemy are the Progressives.
Countermeasure: Let them know that Cantor is a Progressive and part of the same problem. Anyway it’s hard to get to the “real enemy” with Cantor standing in front and shooting back at us.
* RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)
Hardly a day goes by that Cantor does not go after the TEA Party, and ridicule is one way.
Countermeasure: One I use is my “I’m an Eric Cantor Zombie” video. His blind followers are zombies. Unable to think or reason.
* RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)
For Cantor, his tactic is telling people he is Conservative and letting people know about his dozens of dead end bills to deal with Obamacare.
Countermeasure: Education and Exposure. His record speaks for itself.
* RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)
Cantor’s new tactic is slating. Sending his supporters into a panic with last minute false messages and emails.
Countermeasure: Grassroots baby! Like we did in Henrico.
* RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)
Cantor is headed to Amelia Island to talk strategy with Union Thugs and George Soros funded Wall Street money men. He is also trying to dry up funding for the Virginia Republican Party that now has 53 of the 83 Central Committee in the hands of Conservatives who know Cantor’s game. He will do his best to destroy the party that he pretends to belong to. Remember – he is a Progressive, not a Republican.
Countermeasure: The grassroots need to join the RPV and any of the local committees that are not in the hands of Progressives – like my own Hanover Committee. Or go in and run against the Progressive unit chairs.
* RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)
This is so telling of the internal struggles in Cantor’s camp. He is so desperate that he would disenfranchise the Conservatives to win with slating. The thing is, it is not just paranoia on the part of Cantor. He faces a man in Dave Brat that has a PHD in economics and teaches ethics, both of which are mysteries to Eric Cantor.
Countermeasure: Donate to and support Dave Brat.
* RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)
Cantor uses three words – TEA Party extremists. The people in the TEA Party are largely either Conservative Republicans or Conservative former Republicans that seem to have “extreme” by not changing. As Cantor and the Progressives moved to the left, those of us left behind believing in the Republican Creed and the Constitution have become “extremists”. And Cantor has a lot of help going after Conservatives. The term “TEA Party” has been demonized and targeted by the Democrats, the Liberal Media and Progressives like Cantor that pretend to be Republicans. (More on that below.)
Countermeasure: Exposure. Educating the people. Grassroots activism.
* RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
This rule does not specify that the alternative plan has to really do what you say it will, so a lie is as good as a plan. Repeal, Replace is the new plan. And we are plastered with dog whistle buzz phrases like “Free Market Solutions” and “competition across state lines”. But there is no real plan. The Conservative plan would be to get the Government out, be it health care or student loans or education.
Countermeasure: The constitution and true Conservatism.
* RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
The Target for Cantor is the TEA Party and the now conservative Republican Party in Virginia.
Countermeasure: Well, this article for starts. Exposure. The light of day.
So all of my friends that have not actually read Rules for Radicals should now know what Eric Cantor is doing and have a good idea of how to stop him. Heis not an honest, Conservative Republican. Eric Cantor is a Progressive and every bit as nasty as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wassermann-Schultz. And they all want the same thing. Power and money. And the way to do that is with more government, higher taxes and the loss of individual liberty.
Progressives believe the ends justify the means. And if you can’t see that with Eric Cantor, you are blind. And you are part of the problem. He is working hard to cheat the election system and bankrupt the Republican Party. And anyone that sides with Cantor is also supporting Barack Obama.
We must be willing to get as low and dirty as Eric Cantor or we must be prepared to lose not only the Republican Party of Virginia, but the nation as well. Hell, Eric Cantor has us pretty much there after 14 years.
He has to go.,