After decades of implementation by progressive socialist democrats, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Saul Alinsky’s thoughts on community organizing work and his “Rules for Radicals” have been successfully applied to defeat Republicans.
So, I ask you, where are the Rules for Republicans?
Stand for what the people want – Abandon the traditional party ideology and promote what the voters want. Triangulate, grab your opponent’s issues, especially if they resonate with the voters, and make them yours. Ignore issues that distract and detract from these core issues. Do not let the Democrats drag the GOP down the traditional rabbit holes and diffuse the message. The goal is to win elections and change the system, not lose and bask in your righteousness. Never stop pointing out that the problem is “government” and the unelected bureaucrats. As I see it, the three top concerns are immigration, the economy, and healthcare. Always have a replacement program ready to implement for anything you attack.
No shame – when Republicans face wrongdoing, or even the suspicion of wrongdoing by fellow Republicans, they are quick to pile on and condemn their colleagues. Especially in matters of moral turpitude involving so-called family values. Why do GOP members embrace and practice “group responsibility" and group shame when acts are clearly perpetrated by an individual or an organization with no connection other than the same party of the perpetrators? It seems to me that the GOP, the party that has feted individualism over collectivism, would not embrace the concept of collective shame. Use the broken record technique by repeating the same thing repeatedly to every comment or as an answer to everything question.
Create contrasts, use disparaging nicknames, create foils – Always highlight the differences between the Democrats and the GOP. Link everything bad in the previous years to Biden-Obama or Biden’s time in Congress. Shut down talk about “Whataboutism” by saying that “this is the history the Democrats have not erased yet.” Or, “it seems we haven’t learned from the past?” Or ask, “are you trying to erase history?”
No respect for the media – why do Republicans overlook decades of historical media presence and view the mainstream media as a benign force in America or that most media folks report honestly? We are clearly living in an age of corporate-directed journalism if “journalism” is still a thing, where major corporations are controlling, censoring, and conforming the news to a political narrative for commercial purposes or to advance the political interests of their owners and executives. The wall between journalism and commentary has been breached, and, like Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall, the message of the GOP is little more than a broken, unfixable scrambled egg. The GOP should use, and if necessary, abuse the mainstream media – pushing the meme of seeking “real” news from GOP-friendly alternative sources. The GOP should not be afraid to generate sensational and controversial stories to capture the news cycle as no media outlet wants other media outlets capitalizing on sensationalism.
Always on – political action does not begin and start with specific elections or campaign events. The Democrats maintain strong national, state, and local operations that recruit, fundraise and peddle influence on a 24/7 year-round basis. Individual campaigns draw assistance and provide supplemental support to the party. The Democrats engage in long-term indoctrination, not short-term campaign messaging. Whereas the Republicans ramp-up political efforts four to six months before an election – believing that ordinary people do not engage with the political process until the last minute. Ignoring the fact that voters have been well-indoctrinated and conditioned by the Democrats by that time. Always be on the offensive. Quit playing defense and attack, attack, attack. Pretend you are John Wayne with large political cojones.
Grassroots – why do Republicans engage in astroturfing, using artificial proxies like campaign appearances for actual grassroots organizing. Where are the neighborhood coffees? While it is true that candidates who prioritize their time pandering to large donors and special interests can raise large amounts of money quickly, this does not always result in committed individuals willing to gather and shepherd voters at election time.
No fear – It appears, at least to me, that members of the GOP are afraid to use raw, naked political power to advance their agenda. The GOP leadership should deny good office space, funding, and other perks and privileges to those who oppose the party’s agenda. Forget always asking, "not if something can be done, but should it be done." If it helps but has questionable optics, do it. This is analogous to avoiding bringing a knife to a gunfight. Replace opposition bureaucrats as soon as possible to counter what the Democrats call “The Resistance.”
Fight dirty – if the opposition appears to adopt effective voting methods, develop similar systems and procedures. In the days of ballot harvesting, use voter walk lists to collect ballots from known supporters, ignoring those who appear allied with the opposition party. The goal is not to harvest “all votes” or votes from independents who may switch but to gather a solid and overwhelming turnout by the base. Consistently blame the opposition for any bad behavior that they discover.
Vet candidates thoroughly – Opposition research is a fact of life. Accept the up-front costs of investigating candidates before investing in their political futures. That includes nominees that can embarrass the party at a critical juncture. We are no longer living in a MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction, where politicians of both parties agree not to “out” fellow politicians of either party. We should re-vet all of the GOP congress members and have a backup plan--opposition research is real and we must know the GOP's vulnerabilities.
Retaliate -- no matter how factually innocent an individual might be, or having been cleared after an investigation, the damage has been done in the court of public opinion. Time to mount campaigns, including lawsuits, against false accusers.
Scoop: Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement to take job at Newsmax
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios.
Why it matters: Gaetz is a provocative figure on the right who's attracted attention by being a fierce defender of former President Trump. The Republican also represents a politically potent district on the Florida panhandle.
What we’re hearing: Gaetz has told some of his allies he’s interested in becoming a media personality, and floated taking a role at Newsmax. One of the sources said Gaetz has had early conversations with the network about what a position could look like. <Source>
Matt Gaetz says he's under federal investigation for sexual misconduct
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), one of the nation's rising-star conservative firebrands, told Axios he is under federal investigation for sexual activity with women, and fears being criminally charged.
What he's saying: "The allegations against me are as searing as they are false," Gaetz said in a 13-minute phone interview with Axios. "I believe that there are people at the Department of Justice who are trying to criminalize my sexual conduct, you know when I was a single guy."
Axios reported earlier Tuesday that Gaetz has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election, and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax.
The big picture: Gaetz, 38, said the specifics of the allegations are "unclear," and he said he's been told "very little." But the New York Times reported late Tuesday afternoon that the Justice Department is investigating Gaetz "over whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her to travel with him."
"The allegations of sexual misconduct against me are false," Gaetz told Axios. "They are rooted in an extortion effort against my family for $25 million … in exchange for making this case go away."
Gaetz sent Axios screenshots of text messages, emails and documents outlining the alleged extortion scheme, which he claimed was being run by a former DOJ employee. The Justice Department declined to comment. <Source>
Matt Gaetz Accuses Former DOJ Official of Extorting Him with Underage Sex Allegation
Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) accused a former Department of Justice official of using a concocted underage sex investigation to blackmail him and his family to the tune of $25 million, during a Tuesday night appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Gaetz identified the alleged extortionist as David McGee, a former Florida DOJ official who now works for the law firm Beggs & Lane, hours after The New York Times reported that he was being investigated by federal authorities for allegedly conducting a sexual relationship with a minor.
McGee did not immediately respond to a request for comment. <Source>
Cull the herd– eliminate the weaklings, those who jump the Democrat line and become Republicans to win elections, and those who consistently vote with the opposition.
Add your own rules and circulate them for discussion – forget the orthodoxy and static rules. Continue to pursue a dynamic attack.
NO MATTER HOW MUCH REAL OR PERCEIVED POWER YOU MAY HAVE, IT IS WORTHLESS IF YOU ARE AFRAID TO USE IT. AND THE GOP, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAGAN AND TRUMP, LACK THE COJONES TO USE IT.
We are so screwed, and unless we take action now, all we have lived and worked for will be redistributed to other individuals and countries. If Pakistan can afford to design, develop, and maintain nuclear weapons, they certainly can afford their own gender studies program.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS