One of the most mind-blowing articles I've ever read came from the American Thinker, called "Defeating Political Ridicule" by Kyle-Anne Shiver (hat tip: Jill Stanek).
Read it. I like it for several reasons:
1. It shows, once and for all, that Obama was, and is, a disciple of Saul Alinsky, a spiritual godfather of ultra-leftist radicalism. Actually, anyone who cared to discover that about Obama during the campaign could have found that out easily (yes, Big Media, I'm looking at you, who in your sanctimony made a bigger deal out of Bristol Palin). See the above photo, where Obama teaches Alinsky's Power Analysis.
2. Shiver explains how political discourse has fallen to the level where it resides now . . . the gutter. I'm not saying conservatives don't do it (Ann Coulter has made a career of it), but I'm convinced liberals do it more, and more than ever with the previous and current administration.
3. It drives a stake through the heart of current conventional thinking on bullying.
And I guess that's what I wanted to focus on the most. As a child, I was convinced the more I didn't give bullies what they wanted, the more they goaded me. It turns out I couldn't have been more wrong. In this article, Shiver shows more understanding of how bullying works than a PTA convention. And I have fallen for it, all my life.
Shiver points out that Alinsky knew this, and so does Obama. Why else is Obama busy demonizing car companies, credit card companies, and health care providers? And yet, Obama works extra hard to come off as a populist saint. He'll do no less when he speaks at Notre Dame tomorrow (which is less Obama's fault than the fault of ND, Father John Jenkins, and the typical modern Catholic university quest for prestige over fidelity and Catholic identity. Ex Corde Ecclesiae, anyone?), making it seem he's really not pro-abortion . . . when everything he's done and said indicates otherwise. (And all the Catholic left can say is, "where's the proof?" For those who do not believe -- or put their hands over their ears and scream -- no explanation is possible.)
Anyway, as a kid I simply did not have the moxie that the bullies did, nor could I read people as well as they. So, as Shiver demonstrates, they reveled in my reactions. Later, as adults, they could point the finger at me when I stooped to their level. Hence what Alinsky wrote in 1971:
The fourth rule of tactics: Make the enemy 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.I used to be on a message board that I shall not name where I was routinely ridiculed for what I believed. I've now walked away from it for many of these reasons, and Shiver has helped me see I'm walking away a winner. I'm not playing the bullies' game anymore. I'm sticking to my convictions, and I'm not going to argue them to a bunch of people who couldn't care less about rational discourse.The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
I guess it's like what you hear on the Internet about spammers: "Don't feed them, and they will die." Easier said than done for me, but no less true.