Liberals have a rather well defined habit of overreaching their goals. There are a lot of examples of government programs, such as LBJ’s War On Poverty, that started out with good, even noble, intentions, but bloated out of proportion. So many programs have now become expected entitlements, constantly propped up with huge bureaucracies and ever expanding budgets.
After nearly eight years of Barak Hussein Obama’s mismanagement, We The People are sick of it. Just as all bubbles eventually burst, all attempts at overreach eventually get checked. And, truthfully, all of this overreach started because we allowed it. Liberals have played the American spirit of generosity as a weakness.
The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu said: “The way to avoid what is strong is to strike what is weak.” Sun Tzu lived between 544 Bc-496 BC, and his book, The Art of War, has been studied throughout history. Even today, the U.S. Marine Corp lists it in their Professional Reading Program.
In short, a weakness, even a perceived weakness, can always be exploited. This is what has happened to our charitable nature, our openness, our freedom of speech, and our freedom of religion. Liberals have further exploited our openness to foreigners by forcing multi-culturalism on us, as well as myriad versions of “alternative life styles”. What were once treasured American values are now weaknesses to the Liberal mind set.
Granted, I could go on and on listing examples, but what I want to look at, though, are the consequences of overreach. Going back to using military strategy, here are some well-known examples from history when a commander went too far, too fast, and was too confident.
Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca invaded Italy in 218 BC. One of his best known battles with Rome, the Battle of Cannae in 216 BC, is still studied today. He managed to defeat a Roman legion by encircling them after showing a perceived weakness in his ranks. Although Hannibal spent 15 years on the Italian peninsula, he never managed to take Rome itself.
In 1812, Napoleon invaded Russia. The Russian army kept retreating to the east, drawing the French further into Russian territory, all the while fighting what amounted to a war of attrition. By the time the Russian winter set in, French supply lines were too long, and the army too exhausted to fight on. The only option was to retreat back to France. The Nazis made practically the same mistake in 1941-42.
Speaking of the Nazis, one of Adolph Hitler’s greatest military errors was in North Africa in 1941-42. Erwin Rommel, one of Germany’s best generals, and perhaps one of the best tank commanders of the last century, could have taken Egypt and the Suez Canal. This would have given the Germans much needed oil reserves, and an easier route into Russian. Germany could have conceivably won the war, if not for Hitler’s arrogance, over confidence and Rommel’s over extended supply lines. It was not meant to be, however.
I know that military analogies might not be something a lot of people want to read. But I can think of no better examples of what happens when those in charge get too confident, too arrogant, and way too overextended.
I really feel that liberalism has reached this point. Like the over confident military commander, after two terms of Barak Hussein Obama, liberals have over extended their supply of American patience, generosity, and, truthfully…money. The weak flanks of their arguments are constantly being exposed (i.e. who gets to pee where). It’s only a matter of time before they fall under the weight of their own arrogance.
I’ve written before that I don’t want to see violence in our streets, but I feel it’s too late. It’s been happening for some time and will continue as long as BHO is in office. Without going to their level, conservatives have an opportunity to start our own war of attrition by hammering at any and every weakness in liberalism that we find. If we do this systematically and methodically, they will eventually retreat into history. It will be up to real conservatives to never show weakness again, and to faithfully practice the words of Christ in Matthew 10:16: “I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be, therefore, wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
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