Who Are Our Friends, Enemies?
I was reading a piece title “What Should Conservatives Demand from the Republican Party?” But writer Scott McKay never really answered the question. He noted that Democrats are much more loyal to their party and that Republican voters really have no respect for their leaders. He observed that the party needs enthusiasm from its supporters so it can deliver “the cultural, political, economic, and spiritual revival that America so desperately needs”.
So What Is To Be Done?.
Well, I would say that the problem with the Republican Party is that it has not really decided who the enemy is. Enemy? Who he? Most ordinary Americans really don’t live life as though they were fighting an enemy. But politics is all about the enemy, experts agree. What to know what the experts think?
Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt: the political is the distinction between friend and enemy.
Curtis Yarvin: there is no politics without an enemy.
Mao Zedong: who are our enemies, who are our friends.
Peru President Óscar Benavides: For my friends, everything; for my enemies, the Law.
Orson Scott Card: Home is anywhere that you know all your friends and all your enemies.
Then there are my enemy maxims:
Soft power is gifting friends; hard power is fighting enemies.
The more politics, the more enemies.
When a political movement achieves its objectives it is time to crush its enemies.
Politics is all, and only, about rallying the men to fight against the foe — external or internal enemy — in the present emergency.
Markets make friends where politics creates enemies.
And so on.
Let us remember that our liberal friends have a clear definition of their politics; it expresses the over / under political formula that the educated ruling class has fought under since the late 19th century.
We are the Allies of the Oppressed Peoples fighting against the White Oppressors.
What this means in practice is that our liberal friends are fighting against ordinary Americans and they maintain the loyalty of their supporters with grants and sinecures for the educated elite and free stuff for the lower class.
OK, Mao, old chap. So, if you were advising the Republican Party — as a seasoned politician, perhaps the most notable of the 20th century — what would you recommend?
I think that Mao would be quite clear. The Enemy is the Deep State and its Woke hangers on.
Really, it’s obvious. And the politicians of the Republican Party need not worry about a “cultural, political, economic, and spiritual revival,” although there is nothing wrong with that.
Our problem is the whole educated class and its addiction for ordering us around, to save the planet, or to fight systemic racism.
But we don’t want to put off the whole educated class and the nice liberal ladies with their #WeBelieve yard signs. No. we want to encourage the educated class to be ashamed of its leaders, just as our Democratic friends are always ready to call you, me, and the fellow behind the tree racists. We need to make those liberal ladies embarrassed about Joe Biden and the Censorship State, and the hardships that Net Zero is causing to ordinary people and especially the poor.
The other thing, of course, is to start communicating with the lower-class Democratic voters that instinctively feel that the Democrats fight for them. We need to tell them and tell them how outraged we are that they can’t afford rent, or food, or gasoline, because out-of-touch Democrats that don’t understand their lives and their hardships. We need to tell them that we will fight for them, and create an economy where they can afford to live and work again. We also need to teach single women that the Biden economy is proof that Democrats don’t care about them and won’t protect them from crime and from high prices.
The next year should be a pretty decent opportunity to try out this political formula, what with continuing inflation, a poor job market, and skyrocketing energy prices that issue directly from the war on climate change. The fact is that the educated lass is totally out of touch with the obvious consequences of their climate war. It’s one thing to rally America against the dastardly Japanese on December 8, 1941, the day after a day that will live in infamy, and get the moms of America to serve up their sons for the meat-grinder. In a real shooting war, with a real enemy threat, you can get the moms on board. But I just have a feeling that you can’t draft America into a war on climate. It’s not the same as a war on Nazis or Commies or Middle East dictators.
For instance, I’d say that it’s time to tell the American people that the climate war will wreck their lives and their children’s lives, that the climate war will take decades of hardship and reduced living standards. For what? When is the moment when we get to live happily ever after?
But the basic thing to remember is that politics is about the Enemy. Our Democratic friends instinctively understand this. It’s time we did too.