Know thy enemy and behave accordingly

Ethel C. Fenig
As Pogo might have said, http://www.igopogo.com/we_have_met.htm  "We have met the enemy and it is us." 

According to Roger Simon the real enemy of conservatives of many stripes is Hillary Rodham Clinton.  However they just don't know it, concentrating, understandably on President Barack Obama (D) for the short term.  Even more dangerously, in intra rightist civil disagreements, one group of conservatives attacks the other for being too lenient, too fanatic, not pure enough, too accommodating.  In other words, us.  Stop it, Simon advises, "concentrate on principal enemy Hillary."  Because if you don't, "you (will) destroy all of us."

Good advice. 

And, whether they know it or not, Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, center-right folks, all those who favor smaller government and increased freedom, do have a principal enemy. But, surprisingly, it's no longer Barack Obama. He is over. He was already a lame duck when Obamacare plucked most of his remaining feathers. The damage he can do may still be serious, but most of it will be reparable.

The principal enemy for the right and the center-right is now Hillary Clinton, the vastly favored frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Remember that and don't do this.

But to do this our group must concentrate on the principal enemy and not upon each other. My inbox is filled with emails on both sides of the inter-right wars (the Tea Partiers and the so-called RINOs) excoriating each other. What unmitigated idiocy - as if Lindsey Graham or Ted Cruz was the principal enemy and not Hillary Clinton. It's a war between those who favor cutting government by seventy percent versus those who favor cutting it by fifty or sixty, ignoring those who want to expand it by a hundred. Although not nearly as violent, it's in some weird way reminiscent of the party rectification campaigns practiced by Stalinists back in the 1940s.

Sensible? Obviously not. And monumentally self-defeating. It has the word "loser" written all over it - and at a time when the opposition is reeling. 2014 is a time for victory not defeat. We shouldn't be wasting our ammunition on each other. Nobody has unlimited quantities. Concentrate on principal enemy Hillary. Even though she is a well-documented liar, she is still "most admired." Tell the truth (well) and end this. And end the hostility toward each other before you destroy all of us and our children's future.

Good advice.



As Pogo might have said, http://www.igopogo.com/we_have_met.htm  "We have met the enemy and it is us." 

According to Roger Simon the real enemy of conservatives of many stripes is Hillary Rodham Clinton.  However they just don't know it, concentrating, understandably on President Barack Obama (D) for the short term.  Even more dangerously, in intra rightist civil disagreements, one group of conservatives attacks the other for being too lenient, too fanatic, not pure enough, too accommodating.  In other words, us.  Stop it, Simon advises, "concentrate on principal enemy Hillary."  Because if you don't, "you (will) destroy all of us."

Good advice. 

And, whether they know it or not, Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, center-right folks, all those who favor smaller government and increased freedom, do have a principal enemy. But, surprisingly, it's no longer Barack Obama. He is over. He was already a lame duck when Obamacare plucked most of his remaining feathers. The damage he can do may still be serious, but most of it will be reparable.

The principal enemy for the right and the center-right is now Hillary Clinton, the vastly favored frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Remember that and don't do this.

But to do this our group must concentrate on the principal enemy and not upon each other. My inbox is filled with emails on both sides of the inter-right wars (the Tea Partiers and the so-called RINOs) excoriating each other. What unmitigated idiocy - as if Lindsey Graham or Ted Cruz was the principal enemy and not Hillary Clinton. It's a war between those who favor cutting government by seventy percent versus those who favor cutting it by fifty or sixty, ignoring those who want to expand it by a hundred. Although not nearly as violent, it's in some weird way reminiscent of the party rectification campaigns practiced by Stalinists back in the 1940s.

Sensible? Obviously not. And monumentally self-defeating. It has the word "loser" written all over it - and at a time when the opposition is reeling. 2014 is a time for victory not defeat. We shouldn't be wasting our ammunition on each other. Nobody has unlimited quantities. Concentrate on principal enemy Hillary. Even though she is a well-documented liar, she is still "most admired." Tell the truth (well) and end this. And end the hostility toward each other before you destroy all of us and our children's future.

Good advice.