I was raised in a house with a simple thought when it came to sports: It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. In my teenage years, I had amended that thought slightly: It’s only about winning or losing, who cares how you get there!
I’m now much older, and I realize that I was wrong. I realize that it’s all about how you play the game. It’s about honoring the sport you’re playing; it’s about honoring those that came before you. I watch the NBA and the way players play the game, and I think, “How can you disrespect players like ….?”
Last August we watched NBC attempt to talk around the only issue that seemed to matter: The Chinese female Olympic team was underage. They would say things like: Well, if they’re good enough to be here, why does it matter? Why does it matter? Simple: Everyone who plays a game has agreed to a set of rules before participation. It doesn’t matter whether they were good enough or not, they were breaking rules that they themselves agreed to follow.
If that’s the argument that’s going to be used, then why not get rid of penalties in football, or fouls in basketball, or throw out any reason for tossing a player out of a baseball game! They are all good enough to play in their respective professional sport, therefore, according to the talking heads at NBC, there should be no penalties for not playing by any rules!
I know, this sounds like a weird rant on sports, but actually, it’s not. It’s about politics. You see, the Left has applied this technique for years! Think about it: Whenever any politician on the Right has shown that they are human, and therefore capable of making a mistake, they are portrayed as the worst living human being of all time! Mark Sanford, who cheated on his wife, an act that I find about as despicable as any offense a man can perform, was on my TV for a week straight! Nothing but dissecting his home life, his credit card receipts, going through his garbage looking for that next piece of evidence. Not only that, but the Left began to attack his policy decisions. I’m sorry, but I’m not sure how cheating on your wife relates to your belief on lower taxes… Could be me, but those two don’t seem to mix very well.
Where was all this when it happened to Bill Clinton? Sure, they talked about his infidelity; they all asked how Hillary could stay with him, etc. But, I never once heard about how this might affect his policy.
This is Alinsky’s rules straight out of the playbook. #13 (#11 in some lists….): “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.”
The fact is, the Left will always try to personalize every attack. Why? Because they know that if they were forced to have an honest debate on policy, the American people would choose the freer system every time, and that would almost always play to the Republican Party. So, they choose, instead, to attack the individuals. This isn’t just a Left/Right issue either.
Look at the way Hillary Clinton was treated in the 2008 Democratic Primary. Wow! The only person I have ever seen treated with as much contempt was Sarah Palin, and that was only after they had practiced on Clinton.
This isn’t just kept in current politics either. I’m sure some of you have heard of Progressive History. Progressive History is the idea that, in every lesson of history see how you can blame the US and embolden the enemy. I’ve even heard that it was our fault for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They claim it was because of embargos placed on Japan that they Japanese felt the need to bomb Pearl. Yes, we had embargos against Japan, there’s no denying that fact, but they were placed there because of increased aggression out of the Japanese mainland.
Furthermore, regarding the attacks on Pearl, please take a look at the words of FDR: “The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.”
We didn’t go to them with talks of peace, they came to us, and then, behind our backs attacked us. Now, the Left, with their superior intellect, would tell us that it was all our fault. They want nothing more than to denigrate all but the most Communist of societies, so for them, the atomic bombs dropped are more proof of the evil of America.
Let’s consider for a moment: We spent days giving warning to the Japanese that they bombs were coming, even going so far as to drop the famous “LeMay Bombing Leaflet” to give warning to the people of several cities that these “bombs have no eyes. So, in accordance with America’s humanitarian policies, the American Air Force, which does not wish to injure innocent people, now gives you warning to evacuate the cities named and save your lives.”
Sure, the Left will probably take credit for this all the while blaming the bombing on the Right (though, it should be noted that Truman, along with FDR, were LIBERALS, not just Democrats…). What the Left of today would rather have seen in 1945, was no atomic weapon and instead we send thousands, if not millions, of American soldiers to fight on the shores of Japan.
What they don’t realize is the honor of the Japanese people. They would have fought until there was only one left standing, and that person would have died defending his home as well. You see, the Left wants nothing more than the demoralization of their enemy. They would send a million men to corner the Japanese, where we on the Right, would rather send a bomb and destroy the corner, thus allowing for a way out.
Sure, all of this sounds like one huge digression, but I assure you, it’s not. The Left today is trying to do to the Republicans what they think should’ve been done to the Japanese, using the rules of the Chinese National Team: Humiliate our opponent, the rules be DAMNED!
I’m a firm believer that: “An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind”, as a Christian, I do not believe that it would be in the GOP’s best interest to resort to the despicable tactics of the Left, and I don’t think we need to, in order to win elections. But, there is a time in every fight, in every war, in which one party must stand up, draw a line in the sand, and say “NO MORE!”, and that time is now. If not now, when, if not us, who?