And the Need to Persevere
I have just started reading David Brin’s Polemical Judo, his work on taking on and beating the cult that is now the Republican Party of the United States. I’m doing this because first he asked nicely, and second because I like what he’s saying and I say it needs to be read by more people.
Now why do I call the Republican party a cult? Because it is. As it is being run today it has become a cult, as I understand it, a cult being any organization founded on the premise that only they have the truth, that only they matter, and that their competition must be annihilated lest we all be drawn down into the Abyss. Much like the Far Left and the Communist Party, both mentioned deliberately because I don’t really care for their cult like behavior.
But for this post I’m going to have to ask you to take one thing into consideration. A strategy cults often use, and that is perseverance. We start with enthusiasm, but then slack off thinking that our foes, having been beaten once can now be disregarded. Thing is, nowadays the Republicans fight own. Much as Vietnam did during the Vietnam War. Vietnam had a dream, Vietnam had a goal, and they were going to achieve that goal no matter what it took. Thanks to their perseverance they ended up winning that particular campaign in the Cold War, and as a result Hanoi is now one of our strongest allies against Communist China. I don’t agree entirely with their goal, but I do admire their commitment.
So what this have to do with our fight against the tyrannical?
That just as Vietnam persisted in their fight, so we must persist in ours. We need to recognize that our war with tyrants won’t end until they surrender, and I’m talking about actually giving up. I’m talking about their letting go and accepting that they can’t have everything that they want. At least not their obsession of total control and utter dominance.
So get yourself a copy of Polemical Judo, read it, an apply what you learn. And persist, damn it. For obstinacy in the pursuit of the good is no sin (and thank you Ronald Reagan).
This war has lasted for some 250 years according to Brin, it may last 250 more. Fuck, it may never end. But it is now important that we set our eyes on victory, and dedicate ourselves to the proposition that this is something we need to do, for ourselves and for the generations to come. It is a matter of survival and our continued prosperity.