The art of Jiu-Jitsu is to use an opponent’s weight and strength to your advantage. I believe this is what the conservatives must do in the coming 2012 presidential election.
Obama’s “weight and strength” is that by next year he will have a surplus of $1 billion in campaign money and the mainstream media supporting him. He also has ACORN (or whatever they call themselves now) and other community organizers rallying the liberal troops to make sure he gets re-elected. Add to that his slick-willy youth charm and pseudo-charisma with which he has bamboozled a large part of the American public, who neither follow politics nor understand how he has unraveled the very fabrics of our republic. And tailor that with Obama’s unique ability to make one believe he means what he says from a teleprompter, and you have a formidable foe.
But as Rickson Gracie, retired mixed martial artist, an eighth-degree black and red belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and a member of the renowned martial arts family – the Gracie family, once said, “If size mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle.”
How true that is.
But it’s also true that the elephant here (Obama), despite the shape of the economy, is still leading every single Republican presidential candidate by double-digit margins. A brand new Reuters/Ipsos poll reveals that Obama is even “ahead of his closest Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, by 13 percentage points – 51 percent to 38 percent.”
To be effective, the conservative organizations, independents, libertarians, Republicans, tea partiers, and other grass-root groups across our country must make the people aware that it is time we unite as one voice and, if you will, one Jiu-Jitsu force. And that includes the Republican candidates running for president. If they don’t, we will proceed through the presidential primary with politics as usual and get swallowed up in the partisan muck and mire.
As my friend, Mike Huckabee, recently stated on June 3 during a speech at the Clinton School of Public Service: “It’s not going to be an easy path for whoever the Republican [nominee] is. Whoever it is is going to come out of a bloody primary, broke and battered, because I anticipate the Republicans will do what they typically do and they’ll have a demolition derby, a circular firing squad and load up with bullets and start shooting and then by the time somebody comes out of this thing in let’s say April or May, they have very little, little time to recover, they’ll never be able to come up with the amount of cash that the incumbent is going to have, and plus he’s an incumbent president which means the advantages of flying in on Air Force One and being presidential is very different than being the challenger.”
If that is the case, Obama will cruise in and be re-elected.
And if a bloody primary and insufficient campaign funds doesn’t dash to the wind the Republican nominee’s chances, then third-party candidates (who will be hailed as constitutionalists or some other unique quality) will split the conservative votes and we won’t stand a chance to prevent the majority from re-electing Obama. Did we learn nothing from the 1992 Ross Perot and 1996 Bob Dole political fiascoes and divides?
With no clear frontrunner who has the “weight and strength” of Obama, isn’t it relatively easy to see the outcome if we engage now in political business as usual? As Huckabee again noted during his speech, “[T]he fact [is] that, since 1868, only once – in 1980 after Jimmy Carter’s first term – has a party been turned out after only one term.” (Do we really believe 2012 will see the second time, with President Obama versus one of the present Republican candidates?)
Radical times call for new and radical measures. Formidable opponents require us to abandon business as usual strategies. Do fighters fight the same way in every competition? No, they examine their opponents, their strengths and weaknesses, and adapt accordingly to win. Are all wars won the same way? No, generals and combat strategists examine every variable of their foes and implement a plan on the battlefields that will bring victory. It is going to be the same way in this next presidential race.
So let’s try this on for size! What if the Republican candidates got together and in all honesty (and all egos aside) decided to unify and create a collective force that could annihilate the Obama machine because they offered a team (cabinet) of experts and leaders? What if we all require our preferred candidates to lead the way by joining together and working out that team? Since they purport to be able to be the leaders of our divided political landscape, let’s see if they have the leadership to rally us together before they are elected.
I’m fully aware of the sizable step of humility they all must make, but, if we all demanded they create a team rather than a solo fighting force, would they not harken to the cries of those who support them? Is the tea party not a good example of what “We the People” can do, when we come together and require something of our leaders? We should demand that the candidates humble themselves, realize the perilous plight of anyone’s solo efforts (as Huckabee defined) unify, chart a new course and team strategy, create a prospective presidential cabinet, etc. Then they would recommend to us who is best suited among them to out debate and defeat Obama and Biden. Maybe it would be someone not even among them yet. The others would all have significant positions in the presidential cabinet, so as to help lead our country back on the right path. That would sure test their willingness to serve our country: Are they willing to serve in a presidential cabinet rather than the supreme position?
As the acrostic TEAM explains, “Together Everyone Achieves More.” Again, I realize the obstacles for these candidates to overcome their egos and unify as “team leaders,” but what other alternatives do we have?
This is the way we can use our conservative Jiu-Jitsu to overpower our opponents, Obama and Biden, and prevail in our political combat.