Barack Obama has now had several tirades against the House Republicans for not surrendering on the continuing resolution to fund the government - and his pet monstrosity Obamacare. Furthermore, the White House is trying to cause trouble in devious ways. They closed the WWII memorial, knowing full well the memorial had groups of vets slated to attend, and that the memorial is an open-air facility requiring no government employee supervision, and that it was paid for largely by private donations. Obama not only ordered it closed, but ordered it barricaded and threatened to arrest vets who set foot on the property (the Parks Service admitted they got their orders from the White House). Meanwhile, the media is desperately trying to blame this on Boehner and the GOP.
So what should Boehner do?
It's simple; he should call a press conference IN FRONT OF THE WWII MEMORIAL. He should dare the Park Police to arrest him. He should go to the microphone, tap it a couple of times (in theatrical fashion) then issue the following statement:
"The President has seen fit to refuse to negotiate with us over the continuing resolution. He is keen to negotiate with Iran, with Syria, with Al Qaeda, with the Taliban, but refused to talk to us. He has threatened to arrest our veterans who gave him the privilege of becoming President. He demands unconditional surrender. Here is my reply:
Boehner should then turn and walk out, answering no questions.
The media will scream bloody murder, but I suspect the public - at least the older members of the public, and they are the ones most likely to be affected by Obamacare and also have the fullest wallets - will know what he means. They remember Anthony McAuliffe's famous reply to the Germans at Bastogne. It would be a show of strength and moral courage not seen in some time in Washington. It would engender admiration for the Speaker. And Obama could not answer that.
Michelle Bachman did something surprisingly similar. She showed up with the honor flight vets and simply cut the police tape. http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/bachmann_leads_ww_ii_vets_to_dc_ww_ii_closed...
That's how you handle this sort of thing. And who are the Democrats to say it is a lawless act? They would have to admit they put that tape there for the express purpose of dishonoring the veterans, and threatened to arrest these heroes. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/10/shutdown-en... if they want to complain about lawlessness...
Meanwhile, the rest of the GOP should attack. Harry Reid gave them the perfect sound byte; when asked why funding for sick children should be held hostage Reid essentially said "screw 'em!" http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/10/02/video-harry-reid-wisecracks-at... That should be repeated by every Republican in front of every microphone.
It is illustrative of the fact that we are winning this thing; Reid and the Democrats are growing increasingly hysterical, and I believe they have internal polling numbers that suggest the GOP will come out on top. We are winning.
That is why they must get the Republicans off the field, get them to forfeit. The Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu admonished in his magnus opus The Art of War:
"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
He also said;
"Thus one who excels at employing the military subjugates other people’s armies without engaging in battle, captures other people’s fortified cities without attacking them, and destroys other people’s states without prolonged fighting."
And that is what the Democrats usually do; they whisper in their "good friends" ears that this will end badly for them, and the Republicans end up waving a white flag - often on the cusp of victory.
While Sun Tzu may not be on the reading list of Harry Reid or Barack Obama, Saul Alinsky most certainly is, and he admonished;
“Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
“Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
“The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
And these - along with the usual Alinsky techniques of ridicule and isolating targets, is the standard playbook for Democrats. But there are a couple of other Alinsky polemics that may lead to a Democratic cave:
“If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
Which is to say that the public loves an underdog - and the GOP is the underdog here.
“A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
Which means that should this keep going the Democrats will have to find a way to shift the argument. They tried these same arguments with sequestration and have used them repeatedly in the past. They have become a drag. Now we see that we can live without the government, and that lesson will not be lost. Their tactics have become a drag.
“The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
Or, you had better have something to offer. In this instance, it is the GOP that is on the offensive and THEY have offered plenty. The Democrats did not see this coming. They did not believe the GOP would go to the mat here. They have made no offer of compromise, but instead demand unconditional surrender. Obama has little choice; the kook fringe of his Party demand it. But there is no alternative.
In the end, the Democrats are going to offer some concessions. What the GOP must do is make sure those concessions are not just face-savers but are real, and stop the Affordable Care Act, if only temporarily. What they cannot do at this point is cave.
I believe we are winning this thing. We can prevail, but we must show moral courage. Sadly, that is something the Republican Establishment is sorely lacking.
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