The Bible, Sun Tzu, and YOU: Ammo for the Happy Warrior
It’s been almost a month since the election, and we’ve all had this time to reflect on how Mitt Romney lost, and what’s wrong with the Republican Party and all the other hysterics that come with defeat in a tough contest. Since that fateful November Tuesday, I’ve taken a few days here and there to get away from politics and clear my head; it’s a necessity for me in recharging my batteries after the great expenditure of energy known as the American election process. Today I woke up knowing that it was time to start posting again, and blow the dust off this blog page.
I honestly haven’t devoted much time at all to figuring out who to blame for Mitt’s loss. Fixing blame rather than problems has never been productive for me, so I spent more of my thought on looking at who didn’t vote conservatively this time. Conservatives lost the culture war long ago, and that particular dog bit us on the ass, as was inevitable. In losing the culture war, we lost all the folks who get their news from the cultural mainstream. Those are the folks whose attention we have to attract in a positive way. It’s the cultural mainstream that Conservatives must speak to, and convince of the rightness of our message.
Oh, yeah. Our message is one of the things that needs work. The politicians that we Conservatives elect are doing a lousy job of articulating our movement’s beliefs, and an even more terrible job of putting our beliefs into action. In the next four years, we as Conservative voters have to evaluate our elected representatives at the local, state, and national level. If these men and women fail to measure up to our expectations, they must be voted out. We don’t have a lot of time to get it done, so we have to start now if we are to have any chance at making changes in the next midterms.
Our country is in a rotten position, and things are going to get worse before they get better; and there is no guarantee that things are going to get better at all. There is also nothing written in stone declaring that socialism and the death of all humor is predestined, either. We are engaged in a war. We are in a war of ideas, and competing visions of where our true greatness resides as a country. We should behave as if we are at war. That’s right, Conservatives, the muster has been declared, and it’s time to stand up and be counted as individuals who can be depended upon to stand beside our brothers and sisters and defend our Constitution and those who fight on it’s behalf. Victory is not promised, nor is defeat. We will be defeated only if we surrender and stop fighting.
I didn’t write all that verbiage above just so I could leave you with nothing to support any of it. I have no intention, however, of trying to lay everything out in one blog post. The break that I took from blogging actually did recharge my batteries, and Marty and Tina are likewise reinvigorated. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be posting here letting you know what you can do to help put our country back on a Conservative course. For this post, I’m going to leave you with some study materials to help you see what leads me to say everything I said above, and more. Read the books, follow the links, and watch the videos listed in the paragraphs below.
Getting back to the war meme, two books stand out as must-reads to the Conservative Happy Warrior: Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and the Bible. The Progressive movement loves Saul Alinsky, and use Rules for Radicals as their road map for their communistic cultural revolution. Compared to Sun Tzu, Alinksy was a weak sister. From Rules for Radicals,
“Reviewing and selecting available means is done on a straight utilitarian basis — will it work? Moral questions may enter when one chooses among equally effective alternate means.” — P.32
However effective Alinsky’s Rules may have proven for the Progressives, we can’t be tempted by the same amorality. Sun Tzu speaks to the mind of the committed Warrior.
“When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.”
“know yourself and you will win all battles”
“Thus we may know that there are five essentials for victory: (1)
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. (2) He
will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
(3) He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout
all its ranks. (4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take
the enemy unprepared. (5) He will win who has military capacity and
is not interfered with by the sovereign.”
Yeah, I know. Sun Tzu tells us how to win, and how to pick the fights in the first place, but he isn’t the best guide for telling us Conservatives why we should fight in the first place. That brings me to the second book with which all true conservatives should be conversant: The Bible is that book, and it tells us why we should fight, and what kind of warrior to be. The third verse of Exodus Chapter 15 says,
The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
There are lots of examples from the Bible that indicate that God favors the Warrior. There is ample evidence out there that our Founding Fathers were well acquainted with Scripture, and I’m not going to devote space in this post to supporting the statement. Some other time, maybe, but my point is that the Bible is a powerful source for supporting the rightness of our Conservative cause, and contains much encouragement for continuing to fight even when it looks like all is lost. All of us who want a return to Constitutional principles in our government are going to need encouragement for the duration. We will not win this fight tomorrow. We may never get to a place where we no longer need to fight. Statism is a powerful tempter of compassionate souls, and it’s moral bankruptcy is cloaked in garments of victimhood and entitlement. Our founders relied on the Bible for instruction in virtue and moral character; we should rely on it as well to keep ourselves safe from the seduction of Statism and social engineering.
Conservatives need to band together in the next four years, and now is the time to start. The Honest Answer gets inspiration from many sources. Lately, I’ve spent a lot of time online reading and viewing material from my fellow conservative pundits. We at The Honest Answer aren’t the only ones out there who understand what we are up against, and we shouldn’t be relied upon to provide a complete picture of our world. This video from the PJTV website is definitely worth spending the time to watch. In it, Peter Robinson and his guests give a great analysis of our current predicament. Watch and learn.
I post a lot of links up here with Bill Whittle in them. Hey, the guy is out there articulating Conservatives beliefs as well as anybody, and that is saying a lot. Conservatives are blessed with a lot of folks on our side who explain us very well. In Bill’s speech at the banquet honoring David Horowitz, he gives us a taste of what it would be like to have a Conservative presidential candidate who truly believes in our message. It sings.
Keep your eyes on this page in the coming days and weeks, and I’ll be posting ways for all of us to involve ourselves in winning the war with mainstream culture. Visit the sites linked in our We Recommend page. In the meantime, review the stuff posted above. You will see this material again, you Happy Warriors.