‘War,’ Carl von Clausewitz wrote, ‘is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will… the aim of warfare is to disarm the enemy.’ When Clausewitz wrote his famous treatise Vom Kriege in 1819-1827, it was in the wake of the Napoleonic wars to secure the balance of power in Europe against that of radical revolutionary France. It was a time when Europe was in desperate need of advice on real armed conflict. Clausewitz is not, however, a thinker trapped by his time and his purpose, which is why his work is relevant not just in actual war, but also in political conflict, for political conflict, like warfare, is the act of moral force (rather than physical force) to compel the enemy to do our will: to disarm him and subdue him, and press forward the agenda and ideology of the victorious. It is ironic Clausewitz should have fought on the side of those who sought to put down revolution and reassert the ancien régime, because today it is most certainly the nouveau régime that effectively uses his lessons.
The principle strategy of the left-wing is, historically, to divide-and-conquer. It is the principle strategy because it is the most consistently effective strategy. It is comprised of a multitude of tactics, the most powerful of which seems to consistently be the race card, the accusation of bigotry, and using the emotional power of the slave-master dichotomy which to the left is characterized by any form of aristocracy, hierarchy, or social order, but most often specifically by the white male demographic. The left controls the principle means of education, indoctrination, and communication (though we should not assume that they alone are capable of, or interested in, controlling those three). It is easy, therefore, for them to force the right-wing, always desperate to appeal to the public through the left-wing camera-lens, to attack those not willing to fall in line with their nouveau régime. Nowhere is this power more visible today than the in-fighting so recently shown by the Tea Party movement.
The great military strategist of the East, Sun Tzu, wrote:
‘One who takes position first at the battleground and awaits the enemy is at ease.
One who takes position later at the battleground and hastens to do battle is at labor
Thus one skilled at battle summons others and is not summoned by them.‘ (Denma Translation)
It is he who chooses the battleground who has the advantage, and he who has the advantage who gains victory—this is the wisdom of Sun Tzu. But one need not look to Sun Tzu or Clausewitz or Machiavelli to know that choosing the battleground and confusing the enemy will gain victory; this is common sense. It is, ironically, the pacifistic left that is skilled in Sun Tzu and Clausewitz, for it is the right-wing that allows the left to choose the battleground. As the Tea Party movement attacks Tea Partiers for ‘racism’ and ‘bigotry’ where those things only exist in the mind of our leftist enemies, it hands the choice of battleground to the left; it guarantees its own defeat, in the way the Republican Party has guaranteed the defeat of the Conservative movement and the victory of the nouveau régime for decades.
In June, the same thing happened; the pro-Arizona rallies in early June organized by Tea Partiers came under quick attack from the left, especially the largest and most successful, 5 June’s ‘Phoenix Rising’ rally, organized by Dan Smeriglio. Not long after the plans for the rally began to come together, one of the leading anti-illegal groups, AILPAC, which has been pegged as ‘right-wing’ itself, was contacted by the enemy with ‘evidence’ that Smeriglio was ‘a neo-Nazi’. The evidence consisted of 2 of his 2,200 Facebook friends who were in fact involved with the skinhead community, people he had never met and didn’t know a great deal about. They further distanced themselves from the rally because of another ‘neo-Nazi’ supporter, Congressman Tom Tancredo, who prevented them from trying to ‘get the skinheads out’—probably by refusing to join them in their anti-Smeriglio campaign. The rally went forward without a real dent in support, but a major group like AILPAC backing out and joining the enemy in their baseless attacks is representative of what has been happening throughout the Conservative movement in America for years.
The flight of large corporate organizations like AILPAC, The Tea Party Federation, and the Republican Party from the goals of Conservatism for the sake of saving face in the leftist media was touched upon by Pat Buchanan in his article “New Tribe Rising?” on Townhall.org—mentioned to greater effect and in greater detail in Memphis Conservative Examiner’s opinion article “Fighting the Cold War and Winning without the Republicans.” Mr. Buchanan was able to write on 20 April that the Tea Party was not fazed by the baseless leftist attacks against them; he would not be able to write that same thing today. Mr. Buchanan’s criticism is of the ‘country-club Republicans’, the bourgeois Liberals (in the original sense) of the Republican Party who are terrified of being called ‘prejudiced’ ‘bigoted’ or ‘racist’ or being identified with the Conservatives of before the 1980s. The Reagan Conservative (read: Republican) is terrified of Conservatism; it’s why George Bush, the head of a family spiraling into open leftism, and John McCain, a luke-warm right-of-center politician turned red-blooded, meat-eating, hawkish Conservative, were their last two picks for president, why so many are willing to simply skip work, and why the rich, comfortable, corporate bosses running the party are no different than the rich, comfortable, corporate bosses running the Democratic Party. It is also why they are so quick to turn on those they supposedly represent.
Kevin DeAnna, the head of a real conservative organization called Youth for Western Civilization, is among those who are tired of the in-fighting caused by those terrified of Conservatism. On the 28 May edition of the YWC Radio Broadcast, Mr. DeAnna commented:
‘The moral—the lesson to take away is that conservatives need to stop getting played by the media, by these phony exposés—they are always, always, always in bad faith; they should never be taken seriously. The media doesn’t actually care about “Nazis,” or “Truthers,” or “holocaust deniers” or all of these other pejoratives that just get thrown around: they care when it’s a convenient excuse to beat-up on the right. Look, the media is part of the political class, the occupying Elite. They have an agenda, they lie—they even admit they lie! That’s it. But we have an advantage: more and more conservatives, and libertarians, are starting to get this. Their attacks only matter when we turn on our own, when we start playing by their rules, when we start attacking to our right to look better in the eyes of our adversaries. It’s a losing game…’
Mr. DeAnna was speaking on a different topic, namely that major leftist groups such as the New Black Panther party, which has called for genocide of the white population at a conference attended by such leftist heroes as Al Sharpton and several Congress Democrats, receive far less coverage than right-wing groups only advocating defense of traditional American values amidst allegations of racism and neo-Nazism.
The lesson, though, is the same. The left has the advantage, because the right allows them to pick the battlefield. When we arrive to fight them, we are hard-pressed, while they are heavily fortified; we come with tired forces, and are fearful of alliances with ‘politically incorrect’ right-wingers, while the left sends even seasoned terrorists and hardline communists to the front-lines. The real lesson to be learned is that, rather than bending to allegations and accusations, when a conservative is attacked, the automatic response from the entire right-wing should be to support and defend that conservative. Especially in this time, when the leftists have shown once again how inept they are with governance, any cracks in the Conservative edifice are deadly to us.
Many Tea Partiers fancy themselves the ‘new’ revolutionaries, but as it has been said, ‘Revolution, like Saturn, devours its own children’. As the Tea Party movement becomes more organized and a more permanent part of the US political landscape, it falls victim to those same failures of its predecessors, and risks being overthrown by its own children—those Americans tired of the government and no longer afraid of the leftist and media cries of ‘Nazism’, ‘racism’, ‘bigotry’ and all the rest. Saturn guaranteed his downfall by eating his children because he was told one of them would usurp him, thus driving Jupiter, who escaped being eaten, to overthrow him and free his brothers and sisters; thus was the oracular prophesy fulfilled. Let us hope the Conservative movement does not make the same mistake, and the Revolution allows its children to fight for it rather than promote them to fight against it.