I don’t really want to, but I’m going to wade into the Richmond Rally debate again, due to the number of emails still asking me my thoughts.
How anyone can see what happened on the 20th in Richmond any other way than a WIN, is beyond me. If you haven’t been reading the comments on the WRSA thread here…. You’re missing out. It is very eye opening and worth your time. I may re-post some of their comments in their entirety later, but some have written books.
What are you to do when someone who you’ve read and have valued their opinions for a long time, turns out to be a total dick? You walk away, and sadly I’m walking away from many that have shown their true character over this rally debate.
One of the other Naysayers before the rally is still spewing his hatred and doubling down on stupid. It’s really sad and I can’t decide if overall the comments sound more like 3rd grade boys daring each other to go to a haunted house at Halloween (and making excuses for why they’re not really scared. It’s just that their Mom wants them home before dark), or 7th grade girls gathering their posse’s and talking trash about each other before engaging in an hysterical cat fight.
We are better than this.
The Left doesn’t engage in this kind of fruitless chatter. They follow Alinsky’s rules to the letter. Not saying it’s right, but they are winning. Perhaps we could learn a few things, and we sure are lacking in the organizational department.
What would the Left have done differently if this had been their rally?
1) They would have been organized beforehand. They would have formed an official committee just for this purpose. They would have had one official spokesperson that would have encapsulated the message into a memorable talking point that would have set the tone. Everyone who participated would be expected (and pressured) to follow the script. They also would have gotten the names and contact info of every attendee so they could keep in touch with emails and mobilize them in the future. They would have used this info to threaten the careers of unsupportive politicians.
2) They would have made the issue emotional and put their opponents on the defensive, “it’s for the children!”, so it would resonate with those on the fence. They would have found a single mother who saved her kids’ lives with a handgun or saved her own life from a rapist or a vicious ex. They would have turned politicians who push for gun control into monsters who only desire to see women victimized and murdered. They would have used a catch phrase such as: “2A Rights are Women’s Rights!” or “I am Pro-Choice for 2A”
3) They would have played up their minorities. There were several blacks in attendance. They disprove the narrative and should be front and center, NOT as tokens, but as an inconvenient truth the Left should be forced to deal with. Anti-2A politicians should be portrayed as the racist klansmen who don’t believe Black Lives Matter.
4) They would have connected with allies. The most powerful force the 2A movement has is sheriffs who refuse to comply and county legislators who are declaring 2A sanctuaries. These guys need to be treated like superstars in the movement.
5) They would demonize the anti 2A politicians. Everyone would know their names and they would be put on record with damning quotes. Their offices would be jammed with phone calls and visitors questioning why they are racist klansmen who don’t think children should be protected from bad guys.
But those of us on the Right don’t think or operate this way. We are like herding cats. And that’s why the Left runs circles around us.
The left are completely convinced they are on the side of truth and justice and we are thoroughly evil. As long as someone spouts the ideology (no matter how hypocritical they are in actuality) they are all comrades in arms.
Those Naysayers on the Right seem more convinced that they alone are the fount of all knowledge and common sense. Therefore anyone who disagrees with them in the slightest detail is an idiot.
This Civil War, and yes we are in a Civil War, requires us to win on many fronts. Was it a tactically smart thing going to Richmond on the 20th? Maybe not. Was it a political victory that helped our cause? Absolutely.