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Distractions — Defeating Obama with Aikido

February 18th, 2013 - 12:04 am

Whatever you do, spending a lot of time debating how many shells you can carry is a monumental distraction and only helps the other side. Just roll your eyes and move on. They’re not going to do very much about this anyway. They’re only doing it for show — and that’s the point. They don’t even care about this themselves. They just care about making you look bad. Don’t let them. Don’t engage.

Practice the Japanese martial art of aikido in which you win by using your opponent’s energy against him — rather like a basketball player who steps back from the player he’s defending and lets him stumble and fall. It’s called “pulling the chair,” as Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers discovered, much to his chagrin:

The immigration debate is another area in which to practice this aikido and pull the chair. The obvious point of this debate is to paint Republicans as bigots and cement the growing Hispanic vote for Democrats. Conservatives get on their high horse about the principles of lawful immigration and they are of course right. But again, so what?

In reality, illegal immigration is less of a problem than it has been in ages for a reason most people know: the employment picture, for once, is better south of the border.

This will change, most probably, but before it does, Republicans should seize the so-called high ground and lead the charge to solve the problem as quickly as possible, take all the phony racist accusations off the table, even if it means the dreaded word amnesty (which, as we know, didn’t bother Ronald Reagan) or some euphemism for it.

Don’t like that? Well, ask yourself this. How in the world are we going to repatriate eleven million illegal aliens without organizing one of the biggest bureaucracies this country (or the world) has ever known? And what are we going to do with that bureaucracy after the illegals have gone (if they ever do)? Is that something small-government conservatives, of all people, should want?

Moving beyond gun control and immigration, I have one more suggestion for Republican use of that great reverse-English aikido. Start accusing Democrats of racism for not fixing the economy when African-Americans have suffered worst of all. Do it loudly and often. It would be justified.

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Great article and right on point.

There is a parallel article in Forbes, "As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned." ( - very long, I downloaded it to Kindle to read as ebook.

Both you and that author, Codevilla, take Republican politicians, the Republican ruling elite, to task for leaving the important issues under the table while dancing to the tune of the Dem ruling elite. Fantastic to suggest using the Dems own force back on them.

Your work in the new media has done much to inform Republican elites that they are no longer in favor with us. In the past, with the corrupt, co-opted, media all they used to hear was silence. Now that media looks tired and your new media is increasing in energy. With it we can be in position to chair the Dems and the entire ruling elite.
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You're absolutely right. Much of the public knows this, perhaps - polls repeatedly say the issues the public is most concerned about are jobs and the economy. Immigration and gun control are way down on the list with the total value of John Kerry's real estate. But Obama, the media and BOTH sides in Congress, R's as well as D's, seem intent on talking about the trivia. Of course it is a distraction, but why are so many of the R's playing into it? Are they really that stupid or imaybe they really don't want to deal with the real problems either?
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"They’re not going to do very much about this anyway...Don’t engage."

You're quite wrong: the only reason they aren't going to do anything about this is because we engage. Otherwise, the entire country would end up with gun laws like CT, Chicago, or DC.
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Would you please come back to work for just a few days, or until this abysmal comments section regains the functionality of the previous, old, stodgy, perfectly useful one? This doesn't work. It looks like it is designed to mimmick Facebook. Why? And that putcher picture in front of each comment is really only usefull for those sites where the poster wants to include a picture of his d**k in every comment.
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