Eric of Classical Values suggested a read of this article about the opposition to Obama's Health Care initiative. In the comments I came across this interesting thought by commenter RKV who talks about the current attitude of the Obama opposition.
Victory is what we’re after. We’ll decide what standards we uphold, and refuse to give our enemies the power to define us. We read Alinksy’s book and we’re raising him a Clauswitz and a Sun Tzu.I think that is quite correct.
Let me suggest a couple of Sun Tzu quotes that I think are relevant.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu
So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a thousand battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself. - Sun Tzu
Obama has the tactics he knew from the Chicago Way. Steam roller your opponents and if you are close to victory - bully them into submission. Once the changes are fait accompli reversal will be difficult. Obama did not KNOW his opponents. The image he had of them was of bitter clingers. Rednecks. Unsophisticated.
But those are not the people who turned out at the town hall meetings to be roughed up by SEIU thugs. In fact one of the persons roughed up was a guy handing out Gadsden Flags. Some times known as the "Don't Tread On Me" flag.
Obama and the Democrats are making the same mistake the Japanese made in the South Pacific in 1942. They did not expect America to counter attack until 1943. And in fact the Japanese estimation was quite correct. They did not count on the will of Admiral King and the US Marines who, though weaker than the Japanese at the time, took them off guard. Semper Fi Mac.
Here is the analogous Obama mistake: they disregarded the Tea Parties and marginalized them when possible, but mostly ignored them. The MSM did the same. Big mistake. They now have to fight a movement that wasn't nipped in the bud and is not amenable to the "take out the leaders" strategy. And now - the more they fight the stronger the movement gets.
How will this all turn out? Like Guadalcanal the issue will be in doubt until mid-November. There will be some state elections then and some special Congressional races. Especially watch the Governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia. Right now it looks like the Democrats will be losing those races very badly. As in not even close.
For those of you interested in defeating Obama's programs, if you can't join the Tea Party people in public demonstrations and town hall meetings, you can send a note to your Congress Critters.
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Cross Posted at Classical Values