SWOT the Bully in the pulpit, Part I
by Barry Dale
Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are four years into “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Imagine America as a custom-built luxury home. Obama and his crew- after poisoning the well- are disarming the security system and giving away our furniture piecemeal. They are weakening key support beams, and I hear jackhammers banging away at the foundation.
Obama’s Demolition Party is restricting our power supply and jacking up our utility and fuel costs. (Thank goodness we have a stash of natural gas that he can’t get to- yet.) They conned enough occupants into surrendering everyone’s property rights. Now tenants rather than owners, we remain liable for continuously rising taxes on a depreciating asset. Groaning under its own weight for a season or two, the next significant series of storms could cause our once shining home on a hill to collapse like a cheap tent. You and I will be left holding the huge underwater mortgage.
Reality confirms that Barack Obama and his party are a threat to America’s founding principles and national character. The Republican establishment includes a few accessories and many enablers. The civil society and rule of law are being weakened. The future of individual liberty, personal responsibility, economic freedom, limited government, and prosperity is at risk.
This is wreaking havoc on my family’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
The grassroots rose up in 2009 and 2010 with an amazing display of passion and caused the greatest electoral turnaround in 70 years- ousting Democrats and installing conservative Republicans at every level of government. National radio host, attorney, author, and former Reagan administration official Mark Levin had Obama pegged from the very beginning. Levin’s bestselling book Liberty and Tyranny became a philosophical framework and rallying cry for the Tea Party and liberty-loving Americans across the country. On his nightly radio show, he has dissected countless Obama speeches and policies and held the parts up against the bright light of the Constitution. Endless articles, books, and hours of talk radio have documented and analyzed each step along our path of transformation.
So how do we find ourselves suffering an Obama second term after the great awakening and momentum of 2010? There are many causes, but I will focus on one. It is, to paraphrase that genius named Joe Biden, four letters: G-O-P. Before we dive into that, let’s talk in narrow sense about what the GOP is up against.
Barack Obama is a bully pushing a discredited ideology, and he brings new meaning to the term ‘bully pulpit.’ He has refined the art throughout his career. Let’s call today’s un-presidential version Bully Obama 4.0. BO 1.0 emerged during his community organizing, Saul Alinsky days; 2.0 as an Illinois state senator; and, 3.0 as a U.S. senator.
The first three versions were honed in the bastion of corrupt and thuggish politics that is Chicago.
Bullies aggressively seek to control others. The description for Ben Shapiro’s newest book Bullies declares, “While President Obama and the left like to pretend that they oppose bullying with all their hearts and souls, the truth is far darker: the left is the greatest purveyor of bullying in modern American history. Bullying has morphed into the left’s go-to tactic, as they attempt to quash their opponents through fear, threat of force, violence, and rhetorical intimidation on every major issue facing America today.”
Shapiro is not merely whining. He offers ideas for counter attack in this Heritage Foundation presentation.
Republican leadership is akin to the bully’s favorite schoolyard target- the timid kid with little self-confidence and no effective plan. This child consistently is isolated and humiliated- culled from the herd and eviscerated. Thinking he is overmatched, the boy tries to ‘go along to get along’ while avoiding circumstances that could expose him to more abuse. Yet the bully outfoxes him, drawing him into trap after trap. The travesty becomes such a routine that others begin to wonder if the ‘poor kid’ is a willing participant. After all, the ‘victim’ does posses considerable strength that could be employed. Is any such person really that timid and impotent?
I am a results oriented person; therefore, in the end it does not matter whether or not John Boehner is just a well-meaning, incompetent politician or something else. The gravity of the times demands much more than a run-of-the-mill House manager who lacks strategic vision, high intelligence, and at least a hint of charisma. Boehner should have been removed for cause as Speaker of the House. As Clint Eastwood stated, “When somebody does not do the job, we gotta let ‘em go.”
As a corollary, the historic 2011 freshman class of Republicans failed to put forth and vote for a compelling alternative Speaker on January 3 of this year, loyalty and internal power politics be damned. I recognize that the green freshman representatives faced career risks and a learning curve, but aren’t some things worth risking it all?
The Republican House has achieved a minimal victory or two. It is not my purpose to list the many failures and too few successes. Much already has been spoken or written about these topics. Forever missing will be any ‘profiles in courage’ for them as a group.
Genuine grassroots, conservative writer Jen Kuznicki documented in real time our frustration with 2011 House failures here, here, and here. Those failures had major short-term and long-term consequences. Mark Levin provided a constitutional conservative’s rationale for opposing House leadership in short YouTube pieces here, here, and here.
Barack Obama was the most beatable incumbent president since Jimmy Carter, yet the Bully-In-Chief remains in office. What to do going forward? Part II will describe how I would combine the principle and grassroots passion of a Kuznicki; Levin-like
constitutionalism, analysis, and instinct; Shapiro’s counter measures against the left; and rudimentary strategic planning.
In preparation, here is a five minute read regarding SWOT analysis– a simple strategic planning method that can be applied to a product, organization, industry, or a person. It can be used on one’s self, one’s marriage, one’s opponent- in many different fun and enlightening ways.
It is far past time to SWOT the Bully upside the head, repeatedly, until he is exposed and humiliated. Only then will he choose to change his behavior, and only then will others begin to see him and his policies for what they are.
See you in Part II.