Saul Alinsky Rules For Radicals – Rule #9 – “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
Anyone who has stood up to a bully, dove off a cliff, started a new career or faced other fears knows this rule is mostly true. We can get so worked up over the anxiety of facing a fear that we are paralyzed and sometimes never muster the courage to face those very fears that are holding us back.
My son went through this process during his first year in football. He is a fairly aggressive kid and loves sports but God didn’t bless him with the frame of a football player. While my son has loved football since as long as he could talk, he was one of the smallest kids on the team and I expected him to be disappointed once he realized this game was for much bigger people. I noticed early on that due to his inexperience and after he was a little intimidated by the older, bigger kids, he held back during the first few practices. For the first time in my son’s short life, I saw anxiousness and a little bit of fear.
Then the first practice came with full pads and this was when full contact was allowed. He had several drills where he lined up with bigger kids and they’d run into each other and there was more than one occasion where my 8 year old son took a big blow and I wondered how he’d react.
After that first full pads practice was over, he came to the sidelines to gather his stuff and I asked him how the practice went. His response? “Dad, that is exactly why I wanted to play football, it was great!”
My son just discovered that the fear of getting hit was much more terrifying than actually getting hit. He went on to have a great time with his first season of football and sure enough he got smacked around pretty good but he escaped with no injuries and best of all, he came away with confidence knowing that he can face other fears that will come his way. It feels good to conquer a fear or stand up to a bully.
And now the American people are facing a bully and his name is Obamaquester. If you don’t know him, go here to find out about him and go here to see who created him. Keep in mind this isn’t the first time this monster has bullied us around. In the recent past he has gone by other names – TARP, Fiscal Cliff, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Cash for Clunkers, Shovel Ready Jobs, Budget Control Act of 2011, Raising the Debt Limit and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Just to name a few…..
Over the course of the past 4+ years a new crisis comes up every few months and we’re told by Obama that if we didn’t act (and SOON!) then our whole society would come crumbling down. It was during the Fiscal Cliff negotiations late last year that I finally realized that Team Obama prefers this “crisis around every corner” environment and they really don’t have any desire to address our country’s most pressing long term fiscal problems.
The election is over. Obama is in his 2nd term as POTUS and can’t be re-elected so why is he still in campaign mode and not actively working with Congress to address our out of control entitlement spending that will destroy our country? You can dismiss this crisis-every-few-months mode of operation if you realize that is the guy’s campaign strategy. Obama won in November so stop it!
But Obama doesn’t stop it. Why he continues to act in this manner is anybody’s guess – He’s ignorant, He’s being controlled by those who wish to destroy the country, He really hates America, He is so delusional that he thinks Keynesian Economics actually works, etc. – I don’t care the reason behind it. The fact remains that he is destroying America as he continues to demagogue the Republicans and scare the American people into following his disastrous course.
It’s time for the Republicans in the House to stand up to the bully and let the Obamaquester cuts kick in. Obama proposed these cuts, mandated they be included in the BCA of 2011 and both sides in the House and Senate voted for them. Let it burn.
And here’s the best part about letting the Obamaquester cuts kick in.
Something wonderful will happen months after these supposedly disastrous cuts take place – Americans will wake up and realize everything is OK. The economy didn’t collapse over $85 billion spending cuts from a Federal ‘budget’ that is expected to spend $3.8 trillion in 2013. Independent voters across the land will realize that reducing the size of the Federal Government isn’t nearly as terrifying as Obama and the other Democrats made it out to be. People who only get their news from the Leftist, State supported news organizations will realize people like Chuck Todd, Brian Williams and Chris Matthews are really just shills for the Obama administration. Maybe those talking heads aren’t really telling us the unbiased news after all.
The epiphany that most US citizens will have post-Obamaquester is exactly what terrifies Obama and the Democrats. The American people will call the Left’s bluff, take a hit and realize there is nothing to be feared from a smaller government. The main weapon of fear for Team Obama will be nullified and the American people will realize the threats coming from Obama were really much less than advertised.
Stand up to the bully and let the Obamaquester happen. I don’t call Obamaquester a crisis – I call it a good first step.