I have extensive experience in combatting evil in a couple of different contexts—in a legal venue, and in organization politics. A key element in my strategy in both contexts was to uncover the true motivations of the evil-doers.
Evil always has to use some degree of masquerade. It gains a lot of leverage with deception. To the degree that you can fool people, you swell your ranks. If you didn’t do that, you would only have other evil people to support you. This way, you can bring in the naive.
Conservatives need to continue to work to expose the Left as intolerant and controlling. The Left marches under the banner of freedom and there are many who believe that they are waging a war for civil liberties. Under Obama, this mask is slipping and more people are seeing how they really think. But they are still getting away, to a large extent, with fooling people that they are for civil liberties. Uncovering this mask needs to be a key element of conservative strategy.
We need to seize every opportunity we can to illustrate that they are for more control.
One great way to illustrate this is to attack them on one of their favorite issues, targeted tax cuts.
I was just thinking about this as Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday interviewed Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The Democrats’ strategy in the upcoming elections is to sell targeted tax cuts to help small business.
In going after targeted tax cuts, the Left is letting its underwear show, so to speak. They are revealing their true motivations, and conservatives should pounce on this. Everyone has seen this pattern over and over again—when conservatives propose tax cuts, they are across the board. Here’s your money back—do what you want with it. When the Left proposes tax cuts, they are targeted. They are dangled as a means to try to get people to change their behavior. This reveals fundamental differences between the way conservatives and the Left think. The Left is for control, conservatives are for liberty. It’s obvious to anyone who stops to think about it. So, conservatives, point this out.
I’m a small businessman. I run a small marketing company that employs about twelve people. Targeted tax cuts, to me, are a pain in the neck. I recently assigned our business manager to research the tax break we would get from the recent HIRE act. After spending about $40 worth of time figuring it out, we learned that one of our employees qualified for this tax credit, which amounted to about $30. Even if the payoff had been more, at best targeted tax cuts are putting my tax accountant in the position of CEO. We’re turning over business decisions to Washington. That’s not the way to run a business. Turn me loose, get out of my way, and create an environment where I am willing to take risks. That’s what gets business going.