By Gardner | Central Florida


“If the Republican Radical Right controls the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, then the damage that will be inflicted on this nation will be epic.”


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Politics is the same art as the art of war. There are strategies. Issues must be positioned. Positions must be “framed.” The time and places and manner of battle must be chosen, not blindly walked into. This is even more important these days. Each election is more crucial than the last, since politics has become a “winner take all” game. If the Republican Radical Right controls the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, then the damage that will be inflicted on this nation will be epic.

Sure Democrats and Progressives would like to win on every issue, but no one gets that. The art of politics is the picking and the choosing of the issues followed by the proper “framing” of the debates. The Republicans are masters of this techniques, but this technique has seemed to elude Democrats.

When it comes to picking battles, why would Democrats want to make gun control an issue? On the list of importance to Democrats, gun control is way down the list. The smart play is to give the Republicans, even if they are a minority, carte blanche on gun control and stick them with the consequences. This eliminates the issue, and, frankly, having Republicans in the majority in Congress and in the Presidency is far more dangerous than having guns on the street. Just the war in Iraq, which was a stupid Republican war, cost more innocent lives than all the guns in America over the past 50 years.

So, now, as gun control is again becoming an issue, can the Democrats resist the temptation to push the Republicans around? Why can’t the Democrats just side step the gun control issue and not drive many responsible 2nd Amendment Democrats over to the Republicans? It would be easy. The Supreme Court has made rulings that are pure 2nd Amendment rulings. Just take the position that gun control has become a “let’s wait and see how it all works out” issue, and move the debate away from that issue.

Sure, everyone wants everything, but no one gets that. It is just common sense to pick and choose. Clearly, Republicans are more dangerous than guns.


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