Conquering by Stealth and Deception?

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spea...

Destroy the will of opponents

 

Support for Hillsborough County’s proposed transit tax may be slipping. 

According  the Tampa Bay Business Journal, AAA Auto Club South released a poll this week showing only 47.3 percent of respondents in favor of the penny sales tax and 52.7 percent opposed. A similar poll by AAA in March found 52.5 percent in favor and 47.5 percent opposed. 

The poll results come as Moving Hillsborough Forward, the coalition of business and civic groups supporting transit, launches a preemptive counter strike on opponents of the transit tax. 

“We expected that our referendum for better countywide transportation would gain national attention from the anti-transit faction, because we’ve seen it before,” MHF Chairman Gary Sasso said in a release. Sasso points to articles from the Free Congress Foundation. 

The Free Congress Foundation’s history as an active voice on behalf of conservative ideas and principles reaches back to its founding in 1977 by the late Paul Weyrich. 

FCF also trained grassroots activists in the latest political techniques to make their voices heard. Newt Gingrich was an early graduate of this school of thought. According to Katherine Yurica of “The Yurica Report” these techniques include: 

1) Falsehoods are not only acceptable, they are a necessity. The corollary is: The masses will accept any lie if it is spoken with vigor, energy and dedication. 

2) It is necessary to be cast under the cloak of “goodness” whereas all opponents and their ideas must be cast as “evil.” 

3) Complete destruction of every opponent must be accomplished through unrelenting personal attacks. 

4) The creation of the appearance of overwhelming power and brutality is necessary in order to destroy the will of opponents to launch opposition of any kind. 

Summary of doctrine of Paul Weyrich. 

Read the Free Congress Foundation playbook: Winning Transit Referenda  

Also read:  An Eric Heubeck essay, “The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement”  published on the Free Congress Foundation’s website in 2001. 

This essay is based on the belief that the truth of an idea is not the primary reason for its acceptance. Far more important is the energy and dedication of the idea’s promoters–in other words, the individuals composing a social or political movement. 

Some quotes from that essay: 

We will never succeed in taking over political structures until we can convince the American people that we can be trusted to take them over, and to do that we must win the people over culturally–by defining how man ought to act, how he ought to perceive the world around him, and what it means to live the good life.  

There will be three main stages in the unfolding of this movement. The first stage will be devoted to the development of a highly motivated elite able to coordinate future activities. The second stage will be devoted to the development of institutions designed to make an impact on the wider elite and a relatively small minority of the masses. The third stage will involve changing the overall character of American popular culture. 

We will pick off the most intelligent and creative individuals in our society, the individuals who help give credibility to the current regime. To do this, we will promote a set of beliefs more compelling than that of our opponents.  

We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity. All of our constructive energies will be dedicated to the creation of our own institutions.  

We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime. We will take advantage of every available opportunity to spread the idea that there is something fundamentally wrong with the existing state of affairs.  

Our only involvement in the political process should be designed to more effectively accomplish secession from, and perhaps eventually, a widespread influence over, the wider culture.  

Our goal should be to teach the cultural elite, and all people, to find meaning in their lives outside of politics. If they do, perhaps they will leave the rest of us alone.  

We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths.  

If we cannot capture the imaginations of our members, then we cannot expect our members to make great sacrifices for us.  

There is no medium more conducive to propagandistic purposes than the moving image, and our movement must learn to make use of this medium. A skillfully produced motion picture or television documentary has tremendous persuasive power.  

People become more interested in creating mental utopias than in having a real impact on society.  

College students must be a key audience for our movement, since they are free of excessive time commitments and they find themselves in an environment that (theoretically) encourages activism and exposure to new ideas.  

We must reframe this struggle as a moral struggle, as a transcendent struggle, as a struggle between good and evil. And we must be prepared to explain why this is so. We must provide the evidence needed to prove this using images and simple terms. 

We must recognize that bonding with others in one’s generation or society is the means by which values are strengthened and perpetuated. It is vitally important that we bond in such a way that the values perpetuated are our own. 

The issue here is not about transit; it is about taxes.
The taxpayers of Hillsborough want NO NEW TAXES!
 

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen 

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