This post will discuss what Jonathan Frieland’s recent opinion piece in the guardian titled “Brexit and Trump have exposed the left’s crucial flaw: playing by the rules“
The lefts crucial flaw is playing by the rules? More proof that in general most actually think they are doing what is best, even if their leaders do otherwise. There is a trust there such as there is in any team. I for sure was not choosing the plays we ran on the football field but had trust that my coaches were picking things that were within the laws and parameters of the game. This has been evident in seeing how others approach the current state of affairs.
Obama, Clinton and many heading the left have been open with their fondness of Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals. He has a list of rules for power that have been manifest in much of what the political left has been doing for decades. This may have been unknown to many outside the few Alinskyites but has been discussed in ‘right’ leaning sources for some time.
Here are some pertinent rules.
…the fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
…the fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.
…the sixth rule is: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.
4 : Stress the importance of Rules
Researching the electoral college for a recent post, I did not find a convincing argument of why elections should be decided strictly on the popular vote. Why not counties, towns, regions, cities or other division? Could it be that some actual analysis of the electoral college system which will be found to not be something reasonable that serves a good purpose?
The gripe about the electoral college is also lacking in substance. Yes Trump expressed distaste with it.
He then researched it, learned the rules and won.
This isn’t news. Things are better when you understand them. I prefer participating in anything the better I am at it.
Both parties have been breaking people up into voting blocks and both ‘teams’ have different playbooks and try and get more favorable conditions. This is evidenced by how many states are considered forgone conclusions or 95% of black women voted for Hillary is something they counted on. This is why the Democrat brand has recently been of the party of the working class, minorities and the ‘downtrodden.’ There were some constituencies that were neglected and taken for granted that ended up voting for Trump in this election.
Any participants gripes about the rules after the game has been plaid should be received with similar scorn. I appreciate the Mr. Freelands call to regroup, and prepare for the next match. I do not so much appreciate President Obama’s reticence in calling for a stop to the any of his violent supporters in contrast to that of Trump already calling for any violent people to stop.
5 : Weaponized Ridicule
When it comes to calling people -ists of any kind the left wins hands down.
Set the rules of for example what a racist act is. Call someone out for it, then when the same standard is applied to you, claim that you can’t be racist because as an oppressed group so do not have the power to be racist.
They then call Trump appointees bigots and assume his and their future actions after not even 2 weeks as president elect. In refutation of this accusation here is an article I may be sharing a lot for a while. “Was Donald Trump elected due to racism and a resurgence in white nationalism?”
TL:DR? No. No, he wasn’t. Because facts.
6 : Make it Fun
Look at the self satisfied look on her face. It really lets you know how hard her struggle is. Great job future leader!
This story “Trump supporter, 15, beaten during Rockville protest” provides another snapshot of the general unrest.
A few enablers and authorities at the top, let the mostly misguided and somewhat uninterested/unaware in the general issues at hand majority demonstrate. A few bolstered by the strength of this group take the chance to act out on their violent urges, on anyone in the perceived out-group.
Look at the pictures and videos of many of the protests. I know that ‘You mean if I do X I get to skip class?’ look. I remember signing up for random clubs in high-school just so i could get out of class to take the club photos. Many are just disaffected youth with an abundance of time on their hands.
Loving Trump Hate
Mr Freeland ends with this line “No one wants the left to behave like the right – but it’s time we fought just as hard.”
Quite interesting. Is this an ‘I am rubber, you are glue. Everything you say bounces of me and sticks to you’ situation?
Many commentators have said that Trump and the movement he inspired won in a large part due to imitating or at least studying some tactics often used by the left. Trump having once been on the left, and him not truly being on the right may have added another level of protection against many of the lefts favorite weapons… not to mention the weakness of Hillary Clinton as a spearhead to rally behind.
Whatever the reasons here we are. This will be studied for decades and likely centuries but is already added to president-elect Trump’s long career and lifetime of research, competition and winning.
Thanks for the read, and thanks to friends like David for posting interesting things that spark conversations.
- Six Alinsky Rules That Explain Obama’s Words and Deeds : Frontpage Mag | 2013
- The Best Quotes From Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.” Right Wing News | 2010
- Right loves to hate, imitate Alinsky : Politico | 2010
- Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals : Google Books