The Cost of Compromising our Liberties: Mingling with Yellow Lines and Dead Armadillos
The consistent onslaught from the left is that the “small government” faction must compromise on political issues of every stripe. Since when has liberty been up for negotiation? As the right compromises on issues of freedom, we find ourselves in the middle of the road where there are only yellow lines and dead armadillos.
When will the left negotiate on the ATF, DOE, EPA, HUF, IRS, NEA, OSHA, and welfare? Why aren’t any of these unconstitutional provisions on the chopping block? Primarily because our defensive strategy hasn’t brought them to that point.
We must engage in confrontational politics and go on the offensive. Of course, the left has been practicing these tactics for decades, and it is one of the key factors as to why we have lost so much ground. It is time to push back.
In political debate, it is simply common sense that most will try to withdraw themselves from the argument with the least amount of damage. And the left has been on the offensive for so long, they win by simply accusing.
Why aren’t you for amnesty? Because you’re a racist.
Why aren’t you for gun control? Because you are indifferent to massacres on our schoolyards.
Why aren’t you for a reduction in defense spending? Because you want nuclear war.
Why don’t you support welfare programs? Because you don’t care about the poor.
Why don’t you support affirmative action policies? Because you’re a bigot.
The left understands that making their opponent play defense allows them to control the discussion. Turning the table will bring this to a grinding halt to a degree that few seem to comprehend. Why? Because getting beat down intellectually is something none of these people want because they realize it is political suicide.
We have to stop compromising our principles. Those who advocate for bigger government and less freedom offer “solutions.” And when you resist their remedies, they demand a partial solution in the form of a compromise. Sadly, it is the left that continually gives the impression of appearing more reasonable. To understand why is to understand political warfare.
Their tactics include planned engagements, fights, and retreats, which allows them to throw the opposition on their heels. Being experienced negotiators, liberal strategists ask for much more than they expect to gain immediately and then, when opposition builds, they play the good guy who is willing to acquiesce.
Stop bargaining on issues that are non-negotiable. We know, for example, many on the left want to confiscate firearms. Their tactic? Ask for everything and then get the “small government” folks to concede on background checks, magazine capacity, and the ban of certain weapons. The left gives up nothing, and the right compromises on something that should have never been up for negotiation.
Consider the thug who takes your children, your wallet, and your money. After taking everything, he innocently turns to you with a glimmer in his eye and gives you back a few dollars, the receipts in your wallet, and the pictures of your children because he “doesn’t need those.” What American conservatives have done is told the “police” that the robbery wasn’t so bad because they didn’t in fact take everything.
Part of America’s answer in reigning in government is to stop compromising on our principles and get the other side to negotiate on things that should have never been negotiated to begin with. After all, most of us are tired of seeing our liberties and our charters of freedom lying in the middle of the road amidst those striped lines and road kill of all sorts.
Shane Krauser is a partner with the law firm of Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, the director of the American Academy for Constitutional Education, and a radio talk show host on 960 AM in Phoenix, Arizona. Follow him on Twitter: @ShaneKrauser