Military leaders learn about principles of war, the fundamental truths governing the prosecution of war. The application of these principles to the planning for and direction of war is called strategy; their application on the battlefield is called tactics. Principles of war include the objective, simplicity, unity of command, the offensive, maneuver, mass, economy of force, surprise, and security. [Notes for the Course in the History of the Military Art, Department of Military Art and Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1957, 1-3]
The Red States-Blue States civil war strategies and tactics of 2022 reveal words and actions either 1) to win votes to improve, evolve, and preserve democracy; or 2) to suppress votes, deconstruct democracy, and install autocracy.
Three strategies the Democrats have unfolded are to preserve the soul of the American political system, to strengthen the backbone of the country, and to unite the country. Some of the Democratic tactics being used to earn votes are planned improvement “actions” related to pandemics, infrastructure, economy, climate change, voting rights, immigration, gun safety, and foreign policy. Continued strategies of the GOP are to divide the country, retain white supremacy, remove women’s rights, LBGTQ harassment, deliberately fan the fires of racism, sow fear, and to suppress voting rights of minorities through the tactic of voter suppression legislation in 43 states. Other intentional tactics are lying, working problems, blocking improvements, creating chaos, deconstructing, dismantling, bickering, sowing hate, and dividing.
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” (Y. Berg) We are the intrapersonal, interpersonal and person to persons language we create; and a person who controls the message of words has tremendous power over others.
As 2022 elections unfold, political leadership choices will be revealed. More than likely choices will be driven by language pontificating past results and popular actions. A spectrum of positive words that create the stories and emotions for each of us…freedom, prosperity, security, facts, unity, truth, order, respect, harmony, poise, receptivity, peace, tranquility, positiveness, team effort, teamwork, childcare, guardians, self-mastery, integral life practice, health, non-partisan, wellness and well-being, mindfulness, awareness, self-restraint, values, equality, fairness, globally respected, quality, guiding principles, ethics, peace, clean air, allies, non-partisan, value in diversity, safe schools, no debt, sincerity, trustworthy, believable, passionate, disciplined, generosity, wise, direct, open, nice, 100% responsibility, apology, loving-kindness, patient, tolerant, compassionate, humanness, beautiful, smiling, et al.
An array of negative words that create the stories and emotions for each of us…lies, lynching, deception, casts, spins, obstruction, abuse, conspiracy, human scum, traitors, chaos, entertainment, dynasty, autocracy, racism, above the law, divisiveness, partisan, war, bombs and bullets, street shootings, smoke and mirrors, impeachment, corruption, fear, abuse of power, obstruction of justice, cult-like, tribal, business failings, pay-offs, partisan vulgarity, broken promises, scandals, low character, bad judgement, failed policies, cover-ups, low intellect, disruption, conflict, deconstruction, selfish, narcissist, demagogue, cruel, fraud, short-sighted, chaotic, et al.
The language we each are is powerful and the paradox of choice is clear: an America for Americans that is inspiring and visionary for generations to come—freedom, love, hope, happiness, peace-of-mind, purpose, and connections created on a foundation of compassion, common good, and virtue; or an America for Americans that is evil and dictatorial for generations to come—pay-back, fear, hate, vindictive, intimidation, economic insecurity, casts, racism, decay, and global disrespect. Christian D. Larson offers, “So long as we continue to resist or deny evil, we will think about evil, and so long as we think about evil, evil will be impressed upon the subconscious, that the subconscious will reproduce and bring forth into personal life.” When there is only one power which decides who is right and who is wrong, and who should be punished and who not, we have a form of…dictatorship. (James Heiser). The mission is quite clear: to merge with others to co-create, transcend, and include others, and evolve democracy for “We the people, by the people, for the people…” The strategic objective is not to create autocracy for a select few by a select few. Let history record that the civil war of 2022 strategies and tactics of the language and actions won votes to improve, evolve, and preserve democracy for America and Americans.
As best one can determine, the current civil war of words, strategies, and actions between GOP Red States and Democratic Blue States is being orchestrated by the GOP. The GOP strategic objective is to eliminate the power of the Office of the President and Congress and evolve ruling power to the Red States, placing white folks in charge of a country where the few rule the many…fascism, autocracy, pick a word of choice. A current strategy is to use the Federal Court System and the conservative SCOTUS to remove Federal Government jurisdiction and move jurisdiction to Red States. This strategy creates two separate countries—Red States and Blue States—within the country. The United States would disappear.
Why? Money and power for the few. We need to select political leaders who are committed to the United States, not Red States or Blue States. A personal vision is for a nationwide political leader “West Point” for aspiring politicians, young and old, where participants become aware, understand, experience, and commit to duty, honor, and country; and live with associates who honor a code that inspires virtues of not lying, cheating, and stealing.
Agree with article.
Very concerning direction particularly by GOP will potentially eliminate the USA!
Voters & US Citizens need to understand this!