Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals #4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” – There are two key forms of this: concern-trolling and malicious compliance. Doing so will stress them out by increasing their cognitive dissonance load, bleed them of resources, and generally waste their time and energy. You can also bait your opponents into producing specific outcomes if they are inflexible and dogmatic enough.
I was in Washington D.C. Monday and Tuesday morning, and the big news was the collapse of the GOP Senate health care reform efforts. I know folks like to use references such as RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) for “moderate” Republicans. I have a different moniker, as they tend to try to find middle of the road positions — “RKR” (Road Kill Republicans) — you know, the only thing you ever find in the middle of the road is “road kill.”
And this is what happens when you fail to possess a clear principled position and stance. I also tend to believe that the Republicans, who made repeal Obamacare for some seven years a rallying cry, did not truly have their hearts in doing so. Now, the message has changed. It’s a risky calculation coming from the gang who just appears incapable of shooting straight, and messaging strongly. The GOP is now turning to the message of “you own it.” The question is, can that work?
I think we all need to come to the realization that socialized health care does not work. And if you believe socialism is a viable governing philosophy, well, check out Venezuela. Look at England, where a little boy, Charlie Gard, is having his life decided by a court system, the government, and not by his parents and medical professionals.
The real issue here is what do we want as an American people? We hear all the liberal progressive pundits stating that Obamacare is very popular, then okay. It’s like having a kid that you tell, do not touch the hot stove, but the kid just doesn’t believe you and touches the hot stove. You care about them hurting themselves, but there are times when the kid has to learn a very important lesson — the stove is hot and will burn you.
So, here in America, do we want a governing philosophy centered around policies that promote “equality of opportunity?” Or have we devolved to a degraded state of acquiescence and dependence where we surrender to a policy of “equality of outcomes” — and that means, equality of our health care.
Simply stated, “a free people are not equal, and an equal people are not free.” It’s not the responsibility of government to attempt to “equalize” us all; in doing so we lose our individual identity, our liberty, the essence of freedom. We’re not keeping our doctors. We’re not keeping our health care plan. We’re not seeing health care that is affordable, unless you count the folks getting something “free” from government. We are witnessing a loss of access to health care. The horrific reality is that the GOP wasn’t capable of being all on the same sheet of music to articulate the problem, and present the resolution. They have issues, about which I wrote in a Townhall.com piece about what does it mean to be a Republican.
Nancy Pelosi said it best, unfortunately: “we have to pass the bill in order to find out what’s in it.”
So, where do we go from here? First, understand that Obamacare was programmed to collapse, but the desire was to have it collapse under a Democrat president, House and Senate, who would then move us towards their desired goal, a single-payer system. Yes, the leftist statists, progressive socialists, want, as Bernie Sanders says, Medicaid for all. Now, folks, that just plain sucks. Hey, Bernie, you go first.
Second, if there wasn’t a Democrat-controlled Washington D.C., the liberal progressives of the Democrat Party were banking on the GOP to try and tackle their socialized health care failure, and therefore take ownership. That was their political objective, believing the GOP would try to take something away from folks, and there would be widespread angst — which we’ve seen. So, now, what will the faux leftist protesters say since the GOP has indeed taken their hands off Obamacare — after all, it’s so very popular?
This is why I provided you Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals #4. Alinksy believed it would be advantageous to force your political opposition into an untenable position due to their principles. In other words, force the GOP into a position of fixing something radicals created, then placing the blame upon them. What the Democrats never believed would happen, just happened. The GOP said, forget it, you own it. So now, the mad scramble is on in the messaging, the propaganda war. It’s now about who can dominate the information cycle, and who will present the truth … well, we know that won’t be the left and their liberal progressive media accomplices.
The left finds itself in a very difficult position, they have to defend what’s happening, kinda like Venezuelan President Maduro trying to say, hey, everything is going great here in our country … pay no attention to people eating out of garbage cans.
It’s going to be very hard for the left to hide the facts and failures about Obamacare, and that now becomes the news. The left will try to reverse this on the GOP, but if they can finally message properly, they can crush the left. And perhaps, we, the kids of America, will finally learn that the stove is hot.
Watch for Democrats to first of all cheer the abandonment of all efforts at health care reform; those cheers should be turned to the left celebrating the hardships of Americans. The insurance companies, who so wanted Obamacare, are losing money, and abandoning the “non” affordable care act. There will be no bailouts for the insurance companies, as promised by the Democrats. There is no patient protection since a growing majority of counties in America have little or no individual insurance coverage.
The twenty some taxes of Obamacare, along with its mandates, individual and employer, will stay in place. College student loans increased due to Obamacare nationalizing student loans, raising revenue on the backs of our young people, along with forcing them to pay more in coverage to subsidize older Americans.
And all of this was the brainchild of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama — they own this.
Allen West is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. During his 22-year career, he served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, receiving many honors including a Bronze Star. In 2010, West was elected as a member of the 112th Congress representing Florida’s 22nd District. He is a Fox News contributor and author of “Guardian of the Republic." Mr. West also writes daily commentary on allenbwest.com.
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by Colonel Allen West on allenbwest.com.