September 14, 2021

Rules for Patriots - Rule #9: Screw Purity

 This is a continuation of my Rules for Patriots series, designed as a patriot's guide to success in fighting the creeping progressivism infecting America. It's a conservative response to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. This series is a lengthy read, but it is very important to understand.  This one happens to be a video, so it's more digestible. Being able to use this approach, as a team, will simplify, streamline and expedite achieving our patriotic objectives.

Links to previous rules: Rule #8Rule #7Rule #6Rule #5Rule #4Rule #3Rule #2 and Rule #1.

Screw purity. No one is you.  Therefore nobody shares 100% of your beliefs.  Your version of what conservatism means is not universal, nor is anyone else's version.  Conservatism, even what we mean in the West (what could be defined as classical liberalism), can come in many forms.  There are gay conservatives, there are atheist conservatives, there are religious conservatives, social conservatives, Trump (America first) conservatives, fiscal conservatives, many types of libertarians and the list goes on. No one will see eye to eye with you on 100% of conservative issues.

Ronald Reagan remarked "somebody who agrees with you 80% of the time is an 80% friend, not a 20% enemy".

That's important to remember.  So is the idea, attributed to Vladimir Lenin of "useful idiots".  Anybody can help you.  Anybody has the potential to be "red pilled". Anybody can provide synergy in your direction, even if it is not readily evident.

Republicans, unlike Democrats are not designed to march in lockstep.  Conservatives are not meant to not question authority.  So disagreements are inevitable.  But if someone who is "pro-choice" agrees with you on securing the borders and national security (be they Republican or Democrat), it's okay to work together with them on what you agree on.

This is why purity tests make no sense.  The more narrowly you define who constitutes an ally, the fewer allies you have.  The idea of purity should remain fluid from issue to issue - it should change depending on the circumstances and the particular battle being engaged.

Nobody likes RINOs - except those who keep voting them in. Do they cave to Democrats? Yes.  Are they unreliable? Yes.  Are they the enemy? Yes, but less so than an ardent leftist; a socialist or ultra leftist Democrat would be far worse a representative than a RINO would be in say Connecticut.  Even if a Connecticut  Republican only voted with the party 40% of the time, that's still 100% more than a Democrat would do so.

I'm no fan of RINOs, but in states where that is the best option, I'll take it over the alternative. Call them useful idiots if it helps you sleep at night.  The only way to change a far left state from Blue to Red, is slowly.  Elsewhere, in places like Texas, where a 40% dependable Republican would be a disaster, the definition is obviously different.  There you might need at least an 85% dependably conservative vote. Anything less might require a change. But Vermont is not going to get there overnight.  So setting up an unelectable candidate to unseat Bernie Sanders there is a waste of time and resources.  Instead start with a moderate.  Or better still, vote in Democrat primaries to unseat Sanders with a less liberal. 

Being red pilled from so far to the left is not an incident, it is a process; one that will take time.  It's not ideal, but it's the truth. As we like to say to those on the left, facts don't care about your feelings.  We have to work within the realm of possible, not the realm of fantasy.  You don't have to like it, just deal with it. Purity will only lead to more and more isolation, and that is a fact simply because, no one else is purely you.

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