Joe Doakes from Como Park sends one of his timeliest and, dare I say, brilliant emails:
Several Conservative commentators have made the same mistake recently. They point to Democrat excesses and claim Republicans are now free to use harsher tactics because “the rules have changed.” No, they haven’t.
Alinsky says: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” Liberals do that when they accuse Conservatives of sexual assault, drunkenness, theft, animal abuse. Those behaviors are against Conservatives values, against our rules, which makes Conservatives guilty of hypocrisy when we fail to follow our own rules. Sarah Palin promoting family values while her own daughter had a baby out of wedlock was a perfect target for this sort of Liberal attack.
Conservatives generally fail when trying to do the same to Liberals because the whole point of being a Liberal is to reject the old rules, to tear down the old institutions, to defy the old ways of living. It does no good to accuse Bill Clinton of being a womanizer because that’s not against the rules in Liberal circles, as shown by the behavior of Liberals from Kennedy to Weinstein. The only time we’ve had much success making Liberals play by their own rules was getting Al Franken out of the Senate by forcing Liberals to apply their “MeToo” campaign against him, a fortuitous albeit unintended consequence of their attacks on President Trump.
But notice that Liberals won’t force Keith Ellison out of the race. The “believe all women” rule is not as high in their victimology hierarchy as “protect Blacks from the consequences of their actions” and nowhere near as trendy as “First Muslim [fill in the blank].” Liberals can’t be accused of hypocrisy for protecting Black Muslim Keith Ellison from the consequences of his actions and promoting him despite his behavior because doing so IS one of their rules.
Similarly, the fact that Liberals encourage violence against Conservatives does not mean Conservatives can encourage violence against Liberals. The first is perfectly consistent with the Liberal rule “the ends justify the means.” That’s not a change we Conservatives can embrace while remaining true to our core values.
The rules haven’t changed. The two sides are playing by different rules. Probably always have been, we just didn’t mind so much in the past.
Now, that’s not to say Conservatives must keep playing by our traditional rules. Maybe it’s time the rules DID change, on our side. Maybe it’s time to take the gloves off and do a little brawling of our own. It could be the Arne Carlson, Dave Durenberger style of “Conservative” was better suited for a Hubert Humphrey era and not so well suited for a Barak Obama, Keith Ellison, Ilhan Omar era. I’m perfectly willing to adapt tactics suitable to the times. But not because of same false moral equivalence that doing so is justified by the other side’s changes, only because our new tactics make sense for us.
Watching a group of anti-communist Cubanos in Miami send Nancy Pelosi running from a restaurant (the way mobs of howling snowflake liberal jackals have been doing with Republicans in recent weeks), I felt uneasy, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it; it wasn’t just a matter of “taking the high road”, because high roads mean nothing to Big Left or the machine it controls.
But Joe is dead on – even moreso than usual. This plays into their hands. You can’t win a morality play against an enemy that recognizes no morals.