To Beat the Enemy, You Must Understand Him
Beat Your Enemy by Knowing Him
Military genius Sun Tzu (The Art Of War) said:
Military genius Sun Tzu (The Art Of War) said:
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
That is why it is important to know and understand exactly what we are up against. We can't defeat what we don't know and understand.
In light of the recent massacre that took place in Tuscon, Az this past Saturday, it is important to remind those that still believe the MSM, Left Wing websites, blogs and tweeters that they must wake up to the lies the MSM is feeding them. Within 2 hours of the shooting the Left seized on this crisis to manufacture a story line that would fit their agenda.
Before they had ANY credible evidence about the shooter, the Left Wing Radicals were blogging, writing in major newspapers and hitting the MSM airwaves with "news" that this was the fault of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Glenn Beck, talk radio, The Tea Party and Conservatives.
The most astounding example of jumping to conclusions came from none other than the Sheriff of Pima County, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik who is in charge of the case! Of course when the Sheriff was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News, the truth came out. He had NO evidence that the shooter even listened to Rush Limbaugh or watched Fox News Channel!! This was all his OPINION!
HOW IRRESPONSIBLE IS THAT? What they all did is indefensible! Their outright lies and fabrications are outrageous! This is further proof that they have no interest in "reporting" but are more interested in "contorting" the news. They will do and say ANYTHING with the ultimate motive of pushing their lies and their agenda.
After analyzing this, what came to mind is the Saul Alinsky "Rules For Radicals." I decided to refresh my memory on the tenets of this Marxist's writing that is a favorite of all of the radical Left. What it confirmed is that the Left is well versed in these tactics and are continuing to use them to try to push their agenda. As far as they are concerned, the end justifies the means at whatever or whoever's expense.
The tactics they used for political gain in this tragedy are appalling. The personal attacks on individuals that had NOTHING to do with this massacre are completely out of bounds. The MSM, bloggers, politicians, etc that used these lies should all issue public apologies to those they have besmirched.
Sadly, the victims of the shooting took a back seat in the reporting from the Left. They were more consumed with smearing innocent people and trying to divide this country further and are obviously desperate for ratings.
Because of the personal attacks on Sarah Palin, an aide has said the number of death threats against her have skyrocketed. I hope the left is concerned about this. It is incumbent upon all of them to issue a public apology for inferring that she or any other Conservatives they "targeted" in their "reporting", blogging or tweeting had anything to do with the shooting. The gunman appears to be a psychotic mentally ill individual with a history of bizarre behavior. They should admit to their viewers and listeners that they were out of line and are sorry for slandering them. They are a disgrace to their professions.
I won't hold my breath.
I believe you will find the tactics used by the Liberal MSM and "The Usual Suspect" bloggers, politicians, etc follow this playbook to a "T". (Chris Matthews of MSNBC admits that Saul Alinsky is his hero.) It is truly uncanny~
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote a classic playbook on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. Those who prefer cooperative tactics describe the book as out-of-date. Nevertheless, it provides some of the best advice on confrontational tactics. Alinsky begins this way:
What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.
His “rules” derive from many successful campaigns where he helped poor people fighting power and privilege.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have the power to change a bad situation, they stop thinking about it.
According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside — must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility.
Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a bad situation.
Alinsky would say, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”
Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.
Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
Because Alinsky was sensitive to criticism that he wasn't ethical, he also included a set of rules for the ethics of power tactics. You can see from these why his ethics were so frequently questioned.
Rules to test whether power tactics are ethical:
1. One's concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one's personal interest in the issue.
2. The judgment of the ethics of means is dependent upon the political position of those sitting in judgment.
3. In war the end justifies almost any means.
4. Judgment must be made in the context of the times in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point.
5. Concern with ethics increases with the number of means available and vice versa.
6. The less important the end to be desired, the more one can afford to engage in ethical evaluations of means.
7. Generally, success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics.
8. The morality of means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory.
9. Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition to be unethical.
10. You do what you can with what you have and clothe it in moral garments. (A left tactic)
11. Goals must be phrased in general terms like "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," "Of the Common Welfare," "Pursuit of Happiness," or "Bread and Peace." (something the Left does All the time)
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