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Why We Lose – Every Time
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:42:59 AM »
http://townhall.com/columnists/stevedeace/2014/05/17/why-we-loseevery-time-n1838143/print


Why We Lose – Every Time

5/17/2014 12:01:00 AM - Steve Deace

This is an excerpt from the new book “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.”

There’s this girl you’re really interested in, and you really want to meet her, but you’re too nervous to go up and introduce yourself.

So you ask your worst enemy to do it for you, who’s attracted to her as well.

He proceeds to tell her about this guy he knows that’s interested in her, piquing her curiosity. “Tell me about him,” she says. “Is he cute?”

“Define cute,” he replies. “I wouldn’t say he’s hideous, but he’s certainly nothing special.”

Granted, you’re not exactly Ryan Reynolds or George Clooney, but you didn’t have a problem getting a date in high school.

“Is he athletic or normal size,” she asks (translation: is he morbidly obese).

Sure, now that you’re a little older you’re not as lean and mean as you once were, but you’re still in pretty decent shape for your age.

“Dude could stand to lose a few pounds,” is how your enemy describes you to her.

Now the girl is grasping for any initial reason to pursue this further. “What does he do for a living,” is her final inquisitive attempt to give you a chance.

You’re just about finished with med school, which you put off for a few years to do missionary work in Africa. Currently you volunteer to provide medical care at the homeless shelter in your spare time, and you’re temporarily living at home with your mother, who is still lonely and struggling with grief after the unexpected death of your father last year.

Nevertheless, your enemy tells the girl “he’s unemployed and lives at home with his mom.”

By allowing your enemy to define you to the girl you’re both interested in, you have been defined as unemployed and living at home with mom, overweight, and not exactly blessed with movie star looks. Your enemy didn’t technically lie in the way he described you to the girl, but he certainly cast you in the worst possible light. Since the girl assumes she’s already getting the best possible description of who you are from the person you sent to indirectly represent you, she concludes you’re really a fat loser without a job.

“No wonder he didn’t come talk to me himself,” she says to her friends after your enemy departs—with her phone number for himself.

If you went online looking for love would you put “fat loser without a job” on your E-Harmony profile? No, you’d probably put “decent looking guy finishing up med school who is currently caring for his grieving mother” instead.

By now some of you reading this are wondering what the point here is, other than the shy guy who sent his enemy to talk to the girl he’s interested in is a total ignoramus?

That’s precisely the point.

In the culture war we are making the exact same mistake. We’re bashful about expressing and advancing our principles, which allows our enemies to bash us to an available and undecided culture. Most Americans do not know what they really believe let alone why they believe it.

Ours is a nation up for grabs, where both Duck Dynasty and Modern Family are hit television. Most Americans describe themselves as Christians, but then sit idly by and do nothing while every vestige of Christianity is snuffed out of our public institutions. Most Americans want less government until it’s their suckling spot on the welfare state teat being threatened. We’ve gone from red states and blue states to red counties and blue counties, and now to red suburbs and blue inner cities in the same counties. One local weather forecaster says today will be partly sunny, and the guy on the other channel says it will be mostly cloudy.

About the only thing we can agree on is we’re desperate for leadership, and desperation almost always leads to bad decisions. We’re basically trying anything to see what works, which is the political equivalent to grasping at straws or casting lots. We’re one step away from just determining public policy via Powerball.

Maybe it’s just me, but I see this as a tremendous opportunity for us. We’ve got a shot to restore the republic, but we’ve only got one shot.

However, we will not be able to reach this emerging generation and position this country for a long-term rebound without obeying the seventh of my 10 Commandments of Political Warfare: define your opponent before they define themselves and define yourself before your opponent defines you.

Almost all of the terminology we take for granted our culture has redefined to the point the emerging generations are ignorant of what we’re talking about. They have become living, breathing examples of the Hegelian Dialectic, which is when the thesis (the argument) and its antithesis (counter-argument) end up merging into a synthesis (narrative), and they become virtually indistinguishable from one another.

Thus, the emerging generation hasn’t rejected the American dream. It hasn’t even considered it.

We’ve stopped competing in the arena of ideas, so we’ve left them with no choice but to accept the synthesized narrative (Hegelian Dialectic) they’ve been sold in government school. Thus, they believe the Constitution calls for the separation of church and state, there is no such thing as transcendent truth, and moral absolutes don’t exist. So if we’re going to engage this emerging generation, we’re going to have to define our terms and ourselves clearly and explicitly.

What I have found when interacting with those who don’t share my worldview is that when I clearly define what I believe and why I believe it, the more credibility I develop with them, and the more willing they are to engage me in the arena of ideas—provided I do one thing.

I must apply my standard consistently.

Since we are no longer a silent majority in this country, we cannot just continue to subjectively admonish Democrats and provide Republicans political exoneration for their repeated violations of our principles and expect to get our way on Election Day. In this next phase of the culture war, we’re going to need converts to our side, and in this day and age no one wants to sign up with a bunch of hypocrites. If we want the culture at-large to accept our truth claims then we must have integrity in applying them.

I define integrity as a consistency (that’s not the same as perfection) between right belief and right behavior, or long obedience in the right direction. Without integrity there is no trust. If people don’t trust you they won’t vote for (or with) you.

We are also allowing our enemies to define the argument.

Why do pro-life groups just accept being labeled “anti-abortion?” Why do we expect to actually win the argument after the other side has already framed it? After all, the right to life is the default position of the Declaration of Independence, which is the organic law of the United States. So shouldn’t those who oppose that right be described as “anti-life” or “pro-death?”

We must stop allowing the Left to define us and the argument if we actually want to win the argument. A pretty good rule of thumb is if this is how your enemy wants to be defined, or wants to define you, you don’t want to use that definition.

“Abortion” sounds indifferent to what is actually taking place, which is intentional. When your kid is getting his tonsils out, the doctor calls it a tonsillectomy. So how come when a mother is having her child removed it’s not called a pediaectomy? Probably because there’d be a lot less of them if it had been defined all along by what it is—child killing.

Whenever pro-lifers are using a public platform to defend the God-given, unalienable right to life, we need to define child killing as child killing. Would you rather be pro-choice or pro-child killing?

Some of you reading this will balk immediately at what I just wrote worried such coarse language comes across as offensive (while the other side calls us “racists” and “bigots” of course). If you’re one of those people, then do the rest of us a favor and get out of politics because you’re not cut out for it. Doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, it just means you’re not made for warfare and only getting in the way of victory. This is not for the faint of heart. There is a civilization at stake.

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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
Why we lose every time: Reince, Fail, Repeat.....

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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2014, 10:47:54 AM »
Why we lose every time: Reince, Fail, Repeat.....

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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2014, 10:54:18 AM »
 

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We’re bashful about expressing and advancing our principles, which allows our enemies to bash us to an available and undecided culture. Most Americans do not know what they really believe let alone why they believe it.

Ours is a nation up for grabs, where both Duck Dynasty and Modern Family are hit television. Most Americans describe themselves as Christians, but then sit idly by and do nothing while every vestige of Christianity is snuffed out of our public institutions. Most Americans want less government until it’s their suckling spot on the welfare state teat being threatened. We’ve gone from red states and blue states to red counties and blue counties, and now to red suburbs and blue inner cities in the same counties. One local weather forecaster says today will be partly sunny, and the guy on the other channel says it will be mostly cloudy.

About the only thing we can agree on is we’re desperate for leadership, and desperation almost always leads to bad decisions. We’re basically trying anything to see what works, which is the political equivalent to grasping at straws or casting lots. We’re one step away from just determining public policy via Powerball.

Maybe it’s just me, but I see this as a tremendous opportunity for us. We’ve got a shot to restore the republic, but we’ve only got one shot.

However, we will not be able to reach this emerging generation and position this country for a long-term rebound without obeying the seventh of my 10 Commandments of Political Warfare: define your opponent before they define themselves and define yourself before your opponent defines you.

 :amen:  :amen: and  :amen:

Couldn't have said it any better myself!
« Last Edit: May 17, 2014, 10:55:22 AM by Bigun »
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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014, 11:24:22 AM »
Yep.  We've let the media (the enemy's mouthpiece) control the message - and NOW - NOW, we are getting "advice" from them on how to win!  It's almost too stupid to be believable - but it's really happening! 

We need to tell them to piss off and go out and define ourselves and when these stupid subterfuge tactics (racism, homophobia, immigrant haters, war on women, ..... utter CRAPOLA) come up  - throw them to the side - ignore them - and walk on OUR path!  Do not fall for this stuff!  It is stopping us cold in our tracks.  STOP being so afraid of what the media will call us and portray us as - be WHAT WE ARE - the truth will shine through and people will see an real alternative to the empty "special effects" of the liberals and progressives. 

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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2014, 11:32:43 AM »
While I do think there is a fair amount of "eating our own" among conservatives, there is also a realization on the part of Democrats (who are far more astute at the mechanics of PR) that certain issues divide us, and keeping those issues front and center helps them.  Immigration is one example. 

In addition, both Democrats and the GOP establishment game the process, whereas conservatives tend to have to scrap for every crumb.  For example, I predict that either Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney will run in 2016, but not both of them; whereas BOTH Rand Paul and Ted Cruz will run, in addition to several other lesser conservative figures.  Conservatives don't have the discipline necessary to strategically work out the mechanics of the process.  We let the GOPe types throw all our guys into a ring and tear themselves to shreds like pitbulls, then the pitbull that survives gets to spar with the GOPe guy who is then anointed. 
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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2014, 11:36:06 AM »
Yep.  We've let the media (the enemy's mouthpiece) control the message - and NOW - NOW, we are getting "advice" from them on how to win!  It's almost too stupid to be believable - but it's really happening! 

We need to tell them to piss off and go out and define ourselves and when these stupid subterfuge tactics (racism, homophobia, immigrant haters, war on women, ..... utter CRAPOLA) come up  - throw them to the side - ignore them - and walk on OUR path!  Do not fall for this stuff!  It is stopping us cold in our tracks.  STOP being so afraid of what the media will call us and portray us as - be WHAT WE ARE - the truth will shine through and people will see an real alternative to the empty "special effects" of the liberals and progressives.

I think that "we" tend to generally run against things, while "they" give the appearance of running "for" things.

Conservatism is the disposition to preserve things as they are, or to restore things that we perceive as being better than the same things which are today. Is not that conservatives oppose change, is that they don't necessarily see change as a solution to a problem created by change.

So, we are basically painted as obstructionists to change.

The left uses that to their advantage, and addresses their platform to people who have problems (most of them created by government), then offers up yet more government as a solution, while we fight the solution because we understand that governmentr solutions created more problems to be solved by further government solutions, forever and ever Amen.

 
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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2014, 11:38:55 AM »
So, we are basically painted as obstructionists to change.

Which is not incorrect BTW.
“[Euthanasia] is what any State medical service has sooner or later got to face. If you are going to be kept alive in institutions run by and paid for by the State, you must accept the State’s right to economize when necessary …” The Ministry of Fear by Graham Green (New York: Penguin Books [1943] 2005, p. 165).

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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2014, 11:40:32 AM »
Conservatism is the disposition to preserve things as they are, or to restore things that we perceive as being better than the same things which are today. Is not that conservatives oppose change, is that they don't necessarily see change as a solution to a problem created by change.

I agree that this is the Burke/Kirk view of conservative ideology.  Unfortunately, given that the country is now socialist, that puts our candidates in the position of "preserving" socialist bad ideas, while the other guys propose even worse ones.
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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2014, 11:41:10 AM »
That is the advantage of the "smoky back room".  The bloody battle takes place behind closed doors and the candidate that emerges will not already be bloodied and broken.  Can we do this?

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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2014, 11:56:15 AM »
I agree that this is the Burke/Kirk view of conservative ideology.  Unfortunately, given that the country is now socialist, that puts our candidates in the position of "preserving" socialist bad ideas, while the other guys propose even worse ones.

Or reverting things, which immediately gets us painted as proponents of Jim Crow and worse.
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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2014, 01:01:29 PM »
We let the GOPe types throw all our guys into a ring and tear themselves to shreds like pitbulls, then the pitbull that survives gets to spar with the GOPe guy who is then anointed.

Very well said. The problem with 'conservatism' is that moral people are constrained by rules and expect the opposition to behave. Liberals have no such compunctions. They do whatever it takes to win no matter what. Lying is like breathing air for them. They lie, cheat, steal, endlessly. And they just don't care.
 
They consider themselves to be so 'holy', so 'enlightened', so far above it all that the rules do not apply to them.
 
The problem with this type of extreme arrogance and self satisfaction is that it naturally, just in the way of things, it always begs correction. And the correction when it comes will be sudden and extreme. Let us see how these Liberals fare when they no longer have any money or power. They will be starving and begging on the street.
 
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Re: Why We Lose – Every Time
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2014, 01:12:08 PM »
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We let the GOPe types throw all our guys into a ring and tear themselves to shreds like pitbulls, then the pitbull that survives gets to spar with the GOPe guy who is then anointed.

Yes! That is definitely part of it but structuring the primaries in a way that gives the GOPe guy a HUGE advantage to begin with also plays a key role!
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