In September 1862, General Order #191 was found by a Union soldier. This missive, wrapped around three cigars, detailed the tactics the Confederate Army would employ during Lee’s Maryland campaign. Corporal Barton W. Mitchell of the 27th Indiana regiment realized the importance of his find and handed it to his superior officer. It made its way through the chain of command reaching General McClellan, himself.
McClellan was overjoyed. He knew exactly what Bobby Lee was going to do. Yet, he failed to fully exploit his advantage. The end result was a draw at the Battle of Antietam. Had the General effectively used the intelligence given to him, he could have destroyed the Army of Virginia and hastened the end of the War of Northern Aggression.
Conservatives have the liberals’ general orders. It’s called Rules for Radicals. One of their favorites is #13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Progressives have successfully marginalized their political foes with this tactic for decades and are still doing it to this day.
The two bogeymen that thwart liberal ambitions are the South and tea partiers. So why not conflate the two? Progressives know who to target. They can freeze this limited government, constitutional movement as regional. They can use Southern history to personalize and polarize their political enemies.
The New York Times is the left's Goebbels in progressive messaging. Here is their broadside:
We often think of the typical segregationist politician of yore as a genteel member of the white upper crust. But the more common mode was the fiery populist. Names like Thomas E. Watson of Georgia, “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman of South Carolina and James K. Vardaman and Theodore G. Bilbo of Mississippi may be obscure outside the South, but for most anyone brought up here, they loom large.
In the early 20th century, these men rose on an agrarian revolt against Big Business and government corruption. They used that energy, in turn, to disenfranchise and segregate blacks, whose loyalty to the pro-business Republican Party made them targets of these racist reformers.
Their activities spawned a second wave of Southern Democratic populists, who defied federal court orders and civil rights legislation during the 1960s, even as more moderate politicians were moving on. Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama, among others, portrayed himself as a tribune of the working class while championing segregation.
It’s hard not to hear echoes of those eras today. Tea Party candidates have targeted federal taxes and spending, while attacking Chamber of Commerce interests and the leadership of the Republican Party. Racism has been replaced with nativism in their demands for immigration restrictions, but the animosity toward the “other” is the same. And there remains a whiff of the ancient fumes of bitter-end resistance: Chris McDaniel, a state senator who took Senator Thad Cochran into a runoff in Mississippi, still refuses to accept the validity of the election.
Notice how the New York Times has deemed this movement Southern. There are top Democratic donors who wish the South would secede again. A mole within a secretive group of libtards has revealed their antipathy towards the Tea Party. The Washington Free Beacon reported the following:
In an email thread on Gamechanger Salon—a closed Google group of progressive organizers, reporters, and campaign apparatchiks—Guy Saperstein, a major Democratic donor and part owner of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, said he would support the South seceding.
“For more than 100 years, the South has been dumbing down national politics, tilting the country in a conservative direction, supporting militarism, all while demanding huge financial subsidies from blue states,” Guy Saperstein wrote in the emails. “It would be 100% fine with me if the South was a separate nation, pursuing its own priorities and destiny.”
In the email thread from last October, Gamechanger Salon participants were discussing a Michael Lind at Salon entitled “The South is Holding America Hostage.”
“I thought this was an impressive (if tough) piece of big-picture political strategy and prescription,” member Jon Stahl wrote. “Would be interested to hear others’ opinions of whether he is on target or way off … and if so what that might imply.”
“In the alternative, could we just let the South secede?” Saperstein began, before offering his opinions on secession. “My comment was not made in jest at all.”
What these people don’t want to admit is they are surrounded. Take a look at a 2012 presidential electoral county by county map. It is a sea of red dotted with blue bobbers. The Tea Party movement is not just Southern, it’s nationwide. Had the States employed a proportional Electoral College vote system, liberals wouldn’t obtain the presidency without a coup.
So it’s time the Tea Party marginalize these radicals. We have their battle plans, and we can use it to rout them. Alinsky’s fifth rule will be the most effective weapon against humorless libtards: Ridicule.
We have plenty of fodder for the ridicule cannon. We are living the progressive agenda. Since Obama has been in office, not one of their policies has been successful. It is time to blow cigar smoke in their faces.