Saturday, September 21, 2013

Waging Politics, Part 2

Okay, the preliminaries are over: see Part 1.

Now we address the real question. What do you do if this elected official refuses to do her or his job? What do you do if this official is part of the problem? You have contacted these guys, and you are fed up. You are perhaps frustrated and angry enough that you feel ready to resort to violence, but, being a good citizen, you do not wish to start a civil war, and you believe your elected officials have themselves not yet crossed that line themselves, though they are close to it. What do you do? How do you take action?

How do you go all-in for defense of your family and friends, your community, and your country, and wage politics until such time as 1) you win or 2) this enemy of our country crosses the line and starts the shooting?

Let's examine some scenarios. Specifically, let's start out hunting big game: Nancy Pelosi.

We are going to wage politics on her; the rules are we will not do anything that is wrong; that is to say, we do not wish to break any American law (I'm not talking about speeding here) nor do we wish to do anything that would displease our Creator. We disagree with Congresswoman Pelosi, but it's professional; personally, we render to her and her family and friends every kind consideration that we know our Lord expects of us. So, how do we help her move on to a new job in the private sector, or perhaps into retirement?

We begin by examining her current situation and that of her district.

Ballotpedia is an excellent resource to provide a quick overview of the situation. From there, click on the state of California, tab over to federal officers, then scroll down until you see Pelosi, then click on the link for her 12th Congressional District.

The statistics are interesting (see also Wikipedia: California's 12 Congressional District). This is an urban district in San Francisco; the median income is nearly $70,000, with a more than 50% college graduation rate.

These are the rich liberals.

Think about that.

The 2012 election was the first election after redistricting. Significantly, it was also held under the rules of California's new Top Two Primaries Act, which limits participation in the general election to the two candidates who gained the most votes in the primary election.

In the November, 2012 general election, of the nearly 300,000 votes cast in the Congressional race in this district, Pelosi took over 85%, while the Republican candidate took less than 15%. There is no way a Republican will win in this district any time soon (short of a miracle from the Lord), and Nancy Pelosi really needs to go.

We need to consider a realistic, attainable objective: replacing Pelosi with someone else from the extreme left wing. The benefit of this is simple: any time you can remove an entrenched enemy, and replace him with an enemy who is not entrenched, you make that enemy position easier to assault. By eliminating a political leader who has been in power for a long time and who has built up a solid powerbase of campaign donors, and replacing that person with someone new, we weaken the other side.

How do we do this?

First, due to the Top Two Primaries Act, there were no fringe candidates in the 2012 general election. But, in the 2012 California 12th District Congressional Primary (scroll down to page 5), there were three Democrats besides Pelosi, as well as a Green Party candidate.

The Republican easily came in 2nd place in the primary, winning a place in the general election which, in turn, was even more easily won by Pelosi.

However, the Green Party candidate came in third.

What would have happened if the Republicans – who want to see Pelosi taken out – had thrown their money and support to one of the Democrats and to the Green Party candidate, instead of supporting the Republican candidate?

What would happen if Republican money from all over the country came in to all the candidates opposing Pelosi, except to the Republican?

Any Republican there who wants to be the Congressman from that district needs to understand: the district, as it is now, will not send a Republican to Washington. Let's work to unseat Pelosi.

What if there were no Republican opposing her, but other Democrats, a Green... a socialist, if we can find one... got plenty of Republican money, with the goal of getting Pelosi out.

Obviously, these other candidates, and the voters who support them, feel their district could do better, or there would not be three other Democrats and a Green running against her, and over 14,000 voters supporting someone other than Pelosi, but not a Republican.

But, we still have a problem: in the primary, Pelosi took nearly 90,000 votes – roughly three times the number of votes that were cast for someone else.

You know, most of Pelosi's money came from special interests. She took money from Goldman Sachs, she took money from defense contractors... money came from big business and from out-of-state... is this the kind of representation her constituency is looking for?

The primary campaign has to be bitter. Every candidate needs to direct his attacks at Pelosi over these issues. The candidates need to agree on one thing: Pelosi needs to go, and all opponents will unite to oppose her in the general election.

Now, instead of facing off a Republican in a general election in a predictable district that is heavily Democrat, Pelosi will be under attack for being a sell-out to her constituency, and will face a Democrat opponent in a Democrat-controlled cauldron. And Republicans will have to vote for the left-winger who opposes her.

And, yes, Republicans may have to support a candidate who is laughable. The goal is to replace a powerful, traitorous, laughable official with a less powerful, less dishonest, but perhaps even more laughable, official.

The Republican position is simple and principled: We Republicans disagree with Pelosi's politics, and we disagree with the politics of the candidate who is opposing her. However, as Americans, we are tired of being sold out to the highest bidder. We would rather the election go to an honest, principled person, with whom we disagree on nearly everything, than to someone who sells out the very people who put her in power – someone with no honor and no integrity.

Approached from this perspective, Pelosi can expect a fight in every election, assuming she wins the previous election, and the Democrats in Washington will be in the difficult position of having to betray their power base very openly, very blatantly, and very repeatedly, in order to keep her in power. Or, they can sacrifice one of their own to stay in power themselves. Either way, it's good for U.S.

For information on which political offices are up in state and federal elections, please look at Politics1. Specifically, the page on California has links to Pelosi's opponents. The one Democrat candidate so far listed, David Peterson, seems to understand that Pelosi is corrupt and in bed with the Washington crowd, and that war profiteering is having an impact. I can support his candidacy against Pelosi, and work with him as he looks into and tries to stop profiteering. The rest of his agenda... well, the Democrats are pushing that anyway. I would rather have Peterson than Pelosi; wouldn't you?

As mentioned in Part 1, information on the challengers to your Congressional representatives can be found on websites such as Politics1 and at your county elections office.

In Part 3, we will look at hunting more big game.

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