I don't think most conservatives understand Power. Oh, conservatives grasp the need for Power when it comes to foreign affairs, hence our almost universal support for a strong military and robust diplomacy, but when it comes to domestic Power conservatives are clueless. We don't know how to get it, what to do with it when we somehow stumble upon it, or how to keep it once we have it. When it comes to domestic Power we're gross amateurs as compared to our leftist enemies.
Yes, I said enemies. The current gang of leftists wielding power in the White House and Congress, along with their fellow travellers in the mainstream media and our universities, are not just misguided neighbors or Utopian dreamers or the loyal opposition. They're in fact more dangerous to the continued existence of America than Al-Quida, North Korea or Iran. While terrorist organizations or foreign nations may some day attack us again, maybe with a nuclear weapon or other WMD, they can not kill America. Wound, yes. Infuriate, yes. Damage, yes. But they can not kill America anymore than Angles and Saxons could kill Rome. But Rome did die, killed from within by corrupt ( and often insane ) politicians, a reliance on foreign laborers with little loyalty to Rome and an over-reaching need for empire that could not be economically or militarily sustained. The similarities between the fall of Rome and the coming fall of America are astounding. If you're not able to call leftists our enemies and treat them as such, then you can't begin to understand Power.
The recent Tea Parties are a prime example. The gatherings were peaceful, orderly and widely dispersed... and that is exactly why the Tea Parties accomplished very little. In a White House press briefing, the press secretary said the President was unaware of the protests. What little coverage the parties garnered in the MSM was worse than insulting...it was utterly dismissive, treated as a laughable gathering of racist fools and of no real significance. The coverage by Fox News and conservative talk radio, while largely positive, was not enough to even get serious attention from the likes of Obama, Pelosi and Reid, nor apparently to sway the beliefs of anybody not already one of us. When hundreds of thousands of conservatives protest but only the protesters pay any attention, you have to ask yourself why? Why is it that the smallest protest conducted by the leftists gets massive amounts of media coverage and politicians falling all over themselves promising hearings and investigations and indictments, but conservatives get the Rodney Dangerfield treatment? No respect. So why don't we get any respect from the powers that be? Because they don't fear us.
Machiavelli said, "It's better to be feared than loved." We, the people, should not be afraid of our government...our government should be afraid of us. The government works for our benefit, we don't work for its benefit. We call the tune and Washington dances. We're the boss. We've all heard it a million times.
Well, that's the way it's supposed to be. The reality is that "we the people" don't really exist and never have. Americans are now 300 million individuals who gather together in like-minded groups to fight for Power. The Power to call the shots, to decided how things are going to be in America. Government doesn't dance to "the people's" tune...it dances to the tune of those relatively few people who are well organized, well financed and bold enough to exercise Power...and thus feared by the elected and appointed elite.
So what exactly am I saying? What I'm saying is that we need to collectively grow a pair. We need to understand that to get and maintain political and cultural control of this country will take a lot more than going to PTA meetings or a candle light vigils or writing letters to congressmen or even voting. The stakes are higher than ever before. America is being deconstructed...and what is coming will not resemble anything like the country we were born into. We are now living in the time of the Leviathan...and Leviathan is kicking our ass.
This report from Fox News;
"One million tea bags delivered to Lafayette Park were reloaded and sent away because tea party organizers did not have the proper permit, protest organizer Rebecca Wales told FOX News. ( emphasis mine ).
And a D.C. rally scheduled to take place outside the Treasury Department was cancelled when the U.S. Secret Service prevented protesters from gathering outside for lacking a permit." ( emphasis mine ).
Faced with smiling authority figures who oh so politely informed the protesters that they lacked the appropriate papers, our gallant protest organizers at these two events shrugged their collective shoulders and slinked away, chastised by The Man.
Not one of the protest leaders could muster the courage to ignore the warnings and conduct the protest as planned, and accept a misdemeanor arrest for their civil disobedience. Not one. Not even close. And as for the commentators from Fox News and talk radio that championed the Tea Parties, that kept reminding us all of how the founding fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for freedom from an unresponsive and arrogant King, did any of them put their money where their mouths were and take an arrest for the cause? Did any of them risk anything at all and defy authority? Of course not. They might lose their cushy jobs. After all, protests are all well and good, but money is money.
There was one brave soul who actually took a risk for liberty. An unnamed woman in Northville Township, Michigan, blocked traffic while holding a sign over her head that said, "We want our country back!" She was arrested. God bless her freedom loving soul.
We've all seen how the leftists protest. They're not afraid to express their anger and to demand action, and their not afraid to get arrested for a little civil disobedience. They might not always get the action they want, at least not right away, but they damn sure get Washington's attention. And they have brought about a boat load of change. Not the change we want, but the change they want.
There comes a time when talk is not enough. The leftists figured that out in the '60s. We still haven't figured it out.
Clearly we're not mad enough yet. We are poorly organized, our financial power is spread too thin, and we lack the boldness necessary to first get and then exercise Power. Clearly our enemies know that. And THAT is why we're not taken seriously. THAT is why we are not feared.