Republicans tried “dignity,” “statesmanship” and “propriety” against the constant cultural onslaught from the Left – and none of it worked.
Now, the GOP has a fighter at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Donald Trump’s tweets “may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what (Saul) Alinsky suggested his followers do,” Evan Sayet wrote for Townhall.com on July 13.
“First, instead of going after ‘the fake media’ – and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri – Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal. Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule which Alinsky described as ‘the most powerful weapon of all.’ ”
Sayet is a Hollywood comedian who says he suddenly realized a few
years ago that he wasn’t a liberal but instead was really a conservative at heart.
Sayet’s column continued: “To my friends on the Left – and the #NeverTrumpers as well – do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be ‘collegial’ and ‘dignified’ and ‘proper’? Of course I do. These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.”
Leftists and #NeverTrumpers “constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum,” Sayet wrote. “They ask if I don’t think his tweets are ‘beneath the dignity of the office.’ Here’s my answer:
“We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency. We tried statesmanship. Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized ‘collegiality’ as John McCain? We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney? And the results were always the same.
“This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.”
Sayet continued: “I don’t find anything ‘dignified,’ ‘collegial’ or ‘proper’ about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party. I don’t see anything ‘dignified’ in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks. I don’t see anything ‘statesman-like’ in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent. Yes, Obama was ‘articulate’ and ‘polished’ but in no way was he in the least bit ‘dignified,’ ‘collegial’ or ‘proper.’ ”
The Left “has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s,” Sayet wrote. “To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
“The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.
“With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America’s first wartime president in the Culture War.”
Sayet noted that “Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming. Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today. Lincoln rightly recognized that, ‘I cannot spare this man. He fights.’ ”
Trump “is fighting … and what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, ‘You magnificent bastards, I read your book!’ That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics,” Sayet wrote.
The book for those tactics is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book, Sayet noted, is “so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis. It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.”
So, Sayet concluded, “say anything you want about this president – I get it, he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights.”