Saul Alinsky and the 2013 Budget Fight

Saul Alinsky's Ninth Rule for Radicals is that "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself," the point of which is to say there is a lot you can do to defeat your opponent mentally and vise versa. In fact, Sun Tzu said "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting" but that if you must fight, you should leverage your opponent's psychology to your advantage. "Appear weak when you are strong and strong when you are weak," he said. This principle is evident even in one on one combat. In boxing for example, fighters try to break their opponent's wills before the fight even begins by delivering a deadly cold stare, sending chills down their opponent's spines. We can see this tactic at work today more than at any time in recent political history in America. These days, Obama has Republicans in such fear that they unapologetically skip the fight and go straight to declaring defeat. In their defense, Obama's string of successes has defied rationality. In...(Read Full Article)