Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America (Threshold Editions)

The impending death of the Republican Party will have been caused because they did nothing to staunch the bleeding caused by thousands of tiny knife wounds inflicted by a well entrenched army of the left and the fact that the limp wristed, wuss leaders of the Party (see John Boehner) did nothing to fight back.

Ben Shapiro’s book Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America is a call to arms and a call to action for conservatives. Shapiro lays out chapter and verse, example after example of how the left has built a multi-faceted approach not only to politics, but to power.

It’s reads like something out of Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu the way the left has steadily built a power base in institutions like the media, the education system, Hollywood, and the non-profit world and utilized that power to beat down (in the case of union thugs, sometimes literally) the opposition.

Republicans and conservatives have been cowed to silence for fear of being labeled racist, homophobe, or anti-this that or the other thing. In the process the Left has so thoroughly changed the face of our culture that what once would have been deemed outrageous is now seen as somehow normal.

Shapiro’s call to action is that conservatives are at a tipping point (to use a cultural buzzword) where they charged with deciding if they want to fight or switch. Do they want to stand up and fight back on behalf of the Republican Party, which all too often bails on conservatives, or do they want to build something new to challenge the status quo. In may boil down to the ages old conundrum of the “devil you know…”

Shapiro’s best point is that conservatives can no longer be silenced by the Left’s tactics. It won’t be easy to withstand the withering assault that will come your way if you choose to take on the ingrained machine of the Left. I think that Shapiro really exposed how weak the Left really is when they get confronted head on during his recent interview with snotty Brit, CNN’s Piers Morgan. When confronted head on Morgan shows what a sputtering moron he really is; it is a clear case of an merciless beat down by Shapiro. It is that kind of gloves off response that is long overdue from conservatives.

I laughed out loud at the irony when Shapiro quotes failed Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was talking about Obama’s approach to fixing the economy when he said “When you have an enterprise in trouble, the number one rule is focus, focus, focus.” Perhaps that is good advice for the Republican Party; clearly they have an enterprise in trouble, the question is what will their focus be? Clearly Ben Shapiro has laid out a strong case for how to bounce back.

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