Conservatives must learn to fight like the Left

IN EVERY CONTEST THE AGGRESSOR MAKES THE RULES. If you refuse to play by his rules he wins. The GOP keeps falling for the trick that they can “cut a deal” with Democrats. Every one of these deals means the GOP cedes ground and gets little or nothing in return.  The Democrats win, and in every case hindsight shows conservatives were right and liberals were wrong. Obamacare is a shining example. The GOP needs to learn that Leftism is an intransgient and rigid ideology that never gives up, never makes a real compromise, every “deal” is a stepping stone to the next policy failure, the next outrage.

Daniel Payne gets it:

Here is the hard reality conservatives have to face: the Left is fully committed to remaking the country, and it will accomplish this by any means necessary. In most cases the Left uses a gradualist approach: a few new gun laws here, a new health-care regulation there. After a year or two, they’ll push a little further, and then a little more. In some cases, conservatives cede ground willingly, bewitched by the siren song of centrism. In other cases, the Left plows ahead through elective majorities or an activist Supreme Court.

In each of these cases, liberals have taken to heart the lesson of the dueling mega-states in George Orwell’s “1984”: “[T]he object of waging a war is always to be in a better position in which to wage another war.” The Left has figured this out. The Right must get serious about it. This does not mean conservatives have to be mean or mistrustful of their liberal friends and neighbors. It simply means we must recognize the stakes, and recognize the terms upon which we are fighting for those stakes.

Conservatives should commit themselves to being as intransigent and uncompromising in our beliefs as are liberals. It is the only way to begin to roll things back: from Obamacare, to our leviathan government, to the entire liberal worldview. The Left is always prepared to move on to the next battle, the next cultural or political victory. Let’s prepare ourselves for the same.

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