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The Bullies on Your Left

What made me nervous about starting junior high, other than the fear of incomprehensible study assignments, was the inevitable bully. I wasn’t so much worried about guys my own age—I could take care of myself well enough if the sizes were fairly matched—but now I would be sharing the halls and—oh man—the gym, with big guys. And sure enough, it was in the gym, on the very first day, that somehow I caught the attention of a big guy. An eighth grader. He made fun of the way I walked, the way I dressed, my physical attributes, whatever he could conjure up as unworthy of being left unremarked. I was scared all right. I was scared that it would go on day after day until I fought him—and got my a#^ kicked. And day after day it went on, too. I could avoid him in the halls, but not in gym class. He was always there, of course, never home with the bully flu. And, of course, our gym lockers were side by side.

     I figured something out about bullies, though, in those first few days of the seventh grade.  Even with my yet-developing twelve-year-old mind, I realized that a bully has an advantage other than size over his target: A bully will do things to you that you wouldn’t do to him. The bully has no compunctions, no sense of decency that might impede him in his goal of creating torment. Where you might be happy with punching him in the gut and walking away as he lay breathless on the ground, the bully’s contentment lies in beating you to a bloody pulp. And even if it doesn’t, you don’t know that.  You’ve been plagued by that sense of fair play, while the bully, as far as you can tell, respects no boundaries.  He would sell his soul to beat you if it came to it. The psychological advantage lies with him.

     Today, you can see that scenario played out in the American political arena. The disinterested and careful observer will recognize that psychological advantage as belonging to the left, to the progressives. The tea parties are a prime example. Where tea partiers are happy just to show up, to carry signs and make impassioned speeches, the progressives bar no holds in their own efforts to counter their enemy’s success. They will employ tactics and strategies that would leave a conservative twisting in his sheets at night under a burden of guilt. Progressives have called on their soldiers (probably not the best term here) to infiltrate tea parties with purposely-illiterate and racist signage, while posing for the cameras as friendly conservatives. Democrat congressional leaders recently gathered the minorities in their ranks and staged a walk through a crowd of Washington tea-partiers, all with the intent of generating racist comments. When that failed, several of those Democrats resorted to claiming that it had happened anyway.  At a tea party rally in Nevada, progressives attempted to reroute tea party busses, one of which they bombarded with eggs.

     Progressives will deploy an arsenal of weapons that give them a distinct advantage over their opponents, who have no such arsenal. These weapons include lies, subterfuge, deception, circumvention of the law (think: A.C.O.R.N.), threats (Blank Panthers at voting booths), and even physical assault and vandalism. In one instance, in Wisconsin, progressives slashed the tires on a fleet of Republican voter-transportation vehicles. A black Democrat congressman vandalized his own Georgia headquarters and claimed the perpetrators were racist conservatives. One progressive-radio show-hostess fell down in an apparent drunken stupor, bruised herself, and made a beeline to her friends in the media to claim she’d been attacked by conservatives. At a town hall meeting in St. Louis, members of the progressive Service Employees International Union physically assailed a black man—at whom they also hurled racist epithets—for handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” signs. (An offensive concept, to be sure.)

     The list goes on. The point is, Democrats—progressives, communists, liberals, statists, whatever—are bullies. The president is a bully. He and they will resort to measures for which their conservative opponents would have no stomach. It is notable that conservatives are without a counterpart to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, which is the Machiavelli-style handbook of Marxist political strategy that President Obama and his fellow Democrats have studied, taught, and follow to the letter. It details the most productive use of lies, subterfuge, and humiliation, by which the astute Marxist can achieve success in defeating capitalism. The mind of a conservative cannot comprehend the willingness to resort to such behavior. Nor can a conservative imagine herself ever sinking to such a level as to conceal her true aspirations. But then, conservatives have nothing to hide; their goals are clear and open for the world to see. There is no “The ends justify the means” mindset directing the conservative politician or activist.

     That said, the conservative’s political arsenal is limited to such mundane items as truth, transparency, honor, and worthy intentions, which puts him or her fighting into the sun in the battle for America’s soul. A conservative knows the enemy has no such limitations, and that makes his task all the more daunting. Progressives will impugn, they will humiliate, they will create false diversions. They will stand in front of cameras and hurl bizarre accusations that are in no way associated with reality. Progressive leaders will lie with the lightest of tongues; if caught, the practiced progressive will deny having ever made the statement, or he will employ exculpatory phrases such as “out of context,” or “a few misplaced words,” or “I hadn’t had enough sleep.”

     Sometimes, when caught in an attempt at deceit, the progressive politician will simply scream “racism” (or, on occasion, one of its evil twins: homophobia, sexism, etc.) as a diversion.  Progressives believe—and often with good reason—that word to be kryptonite, and that to hurl it is to render all further discussion pointless. It is the magic sword. The hapless victim must forget everything else and scramble to prove the charge false. But while charging racism is a weapon unto itself, it is also part of a greater modus operendi—that of publically assigning the progressive’s own negative qualities and intent to his enemy. This is done, of course, to misdirect and disguise true progressive goals and ideals. In the meantime, the conservative opponent is playing by codes both written and unwritten.  One gladiator, with mace and shield, fights to the death, while the other wields a penknife without his opponent’s lust for spilled viscera. Progressives are bullies, conservatives are not.

     As for my bully, one day I pulled a pack of cigarettes from my gym locker (I was cool, dontcha know) and offered him one. I don’t know why that ended it for him, but it did. In all the years we were the closest of friends, I never did have to duke it out with him. Not that this is instructive in any way whatsoever. Offer a cigarette to a liberal, and he’ll spray you with something, call the cops, and sue. Politics should NEVER be about conciliation, anyway. And, like jihadists, any conciliatory gesture will be seen by progressives as weakness. No, you have to go after liberals with all you’ve got and never let up. You, though, as a conservative, just have to do it with smaller—but more honorable—artillery.

Glenn Kinyon (Guest Blogger)

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