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The Right Needs to Start Thinking in Terms of Chess Moves and Less Defense Mode

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After the stunning presidential election loss, the right is going to have to change its tactics. The left was able to shut down our efforts to investigate election fraud by labeling them dangerous conspiracy theories. Obviously, the first thing that needs to change is how elections are held. Republican controlled state legislatures need to tighten up election rules and regulations. Honest conservatives need to run for state and county offices overseeing elections. 

 

But the second, more complex factor is how we deal with the left’s attacks shutting us down and destroying our credibility. Because the left dominates the MSM, Big Tech, education, the legal system and Wall Street, and because we adhere to Judeo-Christian ethics, we have to work much harder and smarter than they do. We can no longer just sit around and complain about how unfair it is that they use Saul Alinsky’s tactics against us, such as lying, because it’s not getting us anywhere.

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The left has made a lot of traction in recent years by labeling our exposure of their criminal and unethical behavior as wild conspiracy theories. They operate in the dark more than we do because their ideas are so unpopular they have to sneak them through using sleazy tactics. So naturally we are always uncovering evidence of them. I don’t know hardly anyone on our side who is fascinated by conspiracy theories, most conservatives tend to be very logical and fact oriented — often to our detriment because we are less inclined to get involved in the arts and Hollywood.  

 

The left lumps in any genuine criticism we have of their underhanded behavior with conspiracy theories that have gotten people into trouble. The Sandy Hook shooting is a common one, that supposedly children didn’t really die, they were only child actors. Provocateur Alex Jones was deplatformed across the internet for discussing it, and currently has two lawsuits pending against him. Now it is true that 20 years ago, people could speculate about conspiracy theories and weren’t banned or sued. Well times have changed. Do we want to go down defending Jones, or do we want to distinguish our genuine questions about the election from his difficult to prove rants? We need to pick and choose our battles wisely, and until the deplatforming of Jones can clearly be shown to be a violation of free speech (so far Big Tech has the upper hand, getting away with their actions as private companies), we are wasting time on the wrong fights. 

 

I realize the left keeps moving the goalposts; first they deplatformed people who are way out there like Jones, now they’re targeting regular vocal conservatives, next they’re going to target anyone who admitted they voted for Trump. The MSM is going to continue blocking our messaging, and Big Tech is gradually kicking us off their platforms, so we need to start ramping up our own platforms at all levels of the internet, as I wrote about last week. 

 

But right now they have figured out how to rig elections by quashing our objections as conspiracy theories. They’ve been able to get away with crimes by ironically convincing people that the accusations are so serious they can’t be credible. 

 

It’s imperative that we defeat this labeling. When they accuse us of being conspiracy theorists, we need to be prepared with a list of things the left claimed were conspiracies that turned out to be accurate. Peter Strozk and his lover Lisa Page’s text messages revealed they were trying to stop Trump from winning the 2016 election. Strozk and Page changed Michael Flynn’s FD-302 interview answers to make him look guilty of conspiring with Russia. Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing that the NSA was spying on Americans. Hillary Clinton ran a personal server out of her home where she conducted business as secretary of state using a private email address, and destroyed highly classified emails. None of these facts are disputed, the evidence was overwhelming. Ask the left if they want their own concerns dismissed as conspiracy theories. Watergate started out as a conspiracy theory. Should that have been ignored because it was just too incredulous? 

 

The left comes up with harebrained schemes all the time. It’s overdue to start labeling them as conspiracy theories; put them on the defensive wasting time trying to refute the label. It won’t be easy for us, you can’t just come up with this kind of thing off the top of your head. The left has well-paid politicos sitting around in think tanks poring hours of time into this type of opposition research. Our side tends to rely on volunteer bloggers. Once we decide one of their criticisms is a conspiracy, we have to be ready to defend our argument with a list of evidence, including analogies to real conspiracies. Otherwise they will defeat us with Saul Alinsky’s Rule #3, “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” 

 

Trump did better than most Republican leaders putting the Democrats on the defensive. He gave his opponents negative labels, like calling Biden “Sleepy Joe.” Those tactics work if clever and not overdone. Calling Kamala Harris “Kamala Ho,” for example, is beneath us and not effective. Flood the news with articles pointing out their negatives well in advance. An article speculating “Is Joe Biden avoiding public appearances due to depression over having dishonestly won?” featuring psychologists is an example. The MSM bombarded us with articles claiming Trump was depressed, so why is Biden off the hook? It became painfully clear he was skipping a lot of public appearances leading up to the election. 

 

Our side needs to stop allowing RINOs a free pass when they cave and assert it’s because of their “principles.” They have none, the answer is always follow the money. We need to call them out every time and figure out what happened behind the scenes. 

 

A pundit on Newsmax last week complained that we need to get back to discussing policies, not people. Unfortunately, the left isn’t going to make it that simple. Two Alinsky methods they have perfected are #12, “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,” and Rule #5, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” The more top conservatives they take down, the easier it is to associate others with the victim and destroy them too. Preemptively taking down the left’s leaders isn’t as hard as it looks, because their side is so prone to lying and lacks ethics. There’s been a barrage already during the first two weeks of the Biden administration. 

 

Along with that we need to start themes and repeat them constantly. CNN was recently caught removing its COVID-19 death counter during broadcasts now that Biden is president. Our side is terrible at selecting key themes and hammering them. The coordination that occurs on the left among its factions is incredible, most recently revealed in a Time article that came out last week. I’ve been in politics for years; in campaigns, working for elected officials and as a journalist, and I’ve never been on a list coordinating talking points on the right. 

 

Stop wasting time down rabbit holes hoping drastic things are happening to change our country. Unless a respectable conservative news source like Newsmax has vetted a rumor, it could have easily been placed there by the left in order to make us look nutty and waste our time. Instead, look at what the left is hyping up on the Drudge Report and figure out how to turn it around on them. 

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Achievements Through the Ages

Marshaling resources, establishing order, and carefully scheduling activities and events are vital in any era

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Besides being regarded as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, what do these sites have in common: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in what is now Iraq; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, in what is now Bodrum, Turkey; the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece; and the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt?

Added to the above, what do the following sites, often referred to as the New Seven Wonders of the World, have in common? The Great Wall of China; Petra, an archaeological city in southern Jordan; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Chichen Itza in the Yucatán of Mexico; Machu Picchu in the Cuzco region of Peru; the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India; and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?

Last, what do these have in common: the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the Suez Canal; the Panama Canal; the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey; Teotihuacan in the Basin of Mexico; the Empire State Building in New York City; the Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, China; El Mirador in Guatemala; the Tower of London; and many other notable places around the world?

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Long Before Today’s Tools of Technology

The answer to all of the above, in a nutshell, is that they are major architectural, landscaping, or construction feats that were conceived, built, and perfected without the aid of a computer, software, or any of the technological tools that are commonly associated with project management.

The same can be said of the Great Canadian Railway, the Patagonia Highway in South America, the Hoover Dam in Arizona, the Itaipu Dam bordering Brazil and Paraguay, the U.S. Interstate Highway System, the Great Siege Tunnels of Gibraltar, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Trans-Siberian Highway, the Aswan Dam in Egypt, the first passenger ocean liners, pre-World War II aircraft, early steel mills, etc.

Regarding the “Wonders” named above, to say it another way, long before anyone knew about electricity, let alone cyberspace or management software and spreadsheets, ambitious civilizations around the globe, pioneering builders, devised and constructed some of the most enduring, iconic sites and destinations in the world.

These massive projects involved conception (that is, the genesis of the idea), designing, planning, and material and labor considerations, all of which are part of today’s computer-aided world that obviously none of the builders and designers of these projects had at their disposal. As such, not all projects proceeded with the efficiency that today’s projects can muster. There were costly delays, high accident and mortality rates, and sometimes gargantuan setbacks. Despite it all, the march of civilization and the proliferation of monumental feats continued unabated.

Your Bottom Line

Whether it’s client services, team building, or what-have-you, what are their underlying concepts, and what makes their tenets viable now and for the future? You want to always seek both the short- and the long-term utility of a management methodology, a tool, a system, or even a set of beliefs.

With effective management, when you sweep away the contemporary hubbub, an underlying structure prevails. The need to marshal adequate resources, to establish order, and to carefully schedule activities and events, all remain vital in any era. Technological tools provide the contemporary template and operating systems by which we do proceed, while the underlying fundamentals of effective management are relatively constant.

When you stay open-minded to the available new terminology and tools, you’ll tend to learn new things and gain perspectives that you might not otherwise encounter. So, understand new terminology and tools, but do not be ensnared by them as if they are so vital that you can’t successfully manage a project without them.

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Angry Parents Aren’t Terrorists—They’re Just Terrors to Public School Boards

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Dear school boards: When you poke mama and papa bear, don’t be surprised when they growl and bare their teeth. And writing a letter to the president asking him to sic the FBI on parents rather than treating them as partners in education seems more political than needful.

To understand the gulf between parents and educators, just watch a school board meeting on youtube (if you still can). You’ll see concerned parents voicing their concerns at microphones. They look like defendants standing before judges in a tribunal. What happened to PTAs?

In school board meetings across the nation, parents are treated as opponents rather than partners. They’re frustrated and angry with imperious school boards who seem to insist that they know what’s best for their children.

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At times their anger causes them to raise their voices in passionate speeches. They love their children and seek to protect them from what they view as indoctrination, not education. Parental love drives their passion and triggers their protective instincts. This doesn’t make them domestic terrorists.

If school board members and teachers feel threatened by genuine threats in public meetings or on social media, they should be investigated—by local authorities, not by the federal government.

Yet last week the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to President Biden asking him to direct the Justice Department to investigate angry parents for hate crimes and domestic terrorism. Domestic terrorism.

Why are parents so angry? Three issues come to mind: mask mandates, sex education that includes transgenderism, and Critical Race Theory.

Mask mandates

Masks can and do help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. But they’re not necessarily a good option for children simply because, by and large, the virus is not deadly to kids.

In fact, 98-99 percent of children who get COVID fully recover. With this in mind, by doing a simple risk assessment of masking schoolchildren versus not masking them, we’d conclude that it’s better to let them learn without masks.

Additionally, we simply don’t know the longterm adverse effects forced masking has on learning. Most kids are visual learners and take cues from facial expressions. Their socialization may also suffer as a result.

Clearly, because educators are more at risk of death from COVID-19, they should continue masking. Thoughtful parents know their children who do not have preexisting conditions are generally safe to attend school without masks.

Why do school boards and teachers unions continue to push unnecessary and likely harmful mask mandates on children? For whom are they most concerned with protecting? If they believe in masking, they should mask up and suck it up. If they’re still afraid, perhaps they’re not cut out to be educators.

Sex re-education

Teaching children about the birds and the bees is a parent’s job, not a teacher’s. Sex ed is a family issue, not the state’s. Can’t it wait until just before puberty, rather than being taught to kids K-5?

Many traditional parents share this opinion. So is the self-evident truth that binary genders exist in human biology—and in reality. Parents who embrace this truth and passionately speak up about it are now at risk of being accused of hate speech.

We are born male or female. No amount of surgery or hormone treatment changes this reality. Parents know this and also know that confusing kids with fantasy genders and damaging gender reassignment harms them.

Public school educators have more than enough on their plates with teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. They should leave sex education to parents and resist pressure to push gender nonsense on impressionable children.

Parents are also concerned with the prospect of hormonally-altered boys competing against their girls in sports. This obviously gives males unfair physically advantages and presents a danger to the health of welfare of overmatched females.

The Journal of Medical Ethics affirmed this reality in a recent study in which the researchers concluded that “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

Bad theory

What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory (CRT), as defined in a video by the Heritage Foundation, is a philosophy founded on Marxist analysis that claims America is “systemically racist.”

CRT proponents, active in colleges and universities for years, now seek to impact public policy in public schools. As a result, CRT is beginning to gain a foothold in K-12. This makes parents angry.

Most parents and some educators and school board members reject CRT’s racial discrimination for equity in favor of equality and opportunity for all— regardless of skin color.

The vast majority of thoughtful and caring parents believe that CRT teaches children to feel guilty for their “whiteness” while accepting the lie that America’s systems are inherently racist.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act dealt a mortal blow to systemic racism in America. Critical Race Theory ignores this landmark legislation and the fact that racism resides in people, not systems.

Obviously, there a differing definitions of systemic racism held by those on both sides of the issue. Just as there are differing definitions of “hate speech.” Perhaps it would be helpful to rely on definitions that are based in logic and common sense rather than emotion and agenda.

In the minds of many parents, Critical Race Theory is nothing more than partisan propaganda. CRT is harmful because it produces unmerited guilt, divides us and denies the attainability of the American Dream for people of color.

This is not borne out by our nation’s history. Rather, it’s debunked by generations of immigrants and people of color who came to America legally and made better and more prosperous lives for themselves and their families.

Terrorists or terrors?

To justify their appeal to the president for federal law enforcement support, the National School Boards Association is misapplying words and phrases to vilify angry and frustrated parents. Why? They’re either seeking to clear obstacles to their agenda and/or they mistake parental passion for peril to themselves.

Have some angry parents (or those who side with them) gone too far with social media attacks and threats? Probably. Does any of this have to do with genuine hate speech or domestic terrorism? Unlikely.

What’s more likely is that words like hate and terror are being misused to trigger more government interference in the lives of parents and their children.

Branding angry parents domestic terrorists is absurd hyperbole at best and political weaponization at worst. Parents who are merely resisting ideological intrusion into their public schools—and their children’s lives—deserve better.

What we need is an overhaul of a failing public school system and vouchers for charter schools and alternative educational systems like home schooling.

Why should we continue funding increasingly political public schools? Why should we believe school boards who claim parents are engaging in hate speech, threats of violence, and terrorism when most seek merely to protect their children by exercising their freedom of speech with passion and conviction?

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