by Michael Baram | May 14, 2013 | Opinion
Years ago I heard a story, told by the great comedian, Danny Thomas, about a traveler in the South who came upon a farmer whose mule and wagon were stuck in a big mud puddle. The farmer, obviously at the end of his patience, was screaming, pulling, pushing, cursing, and kicking, but the mule, as mules are wont to do, stood stubbornly in place and refused to move.
“Good morning, Sir,” said the traveler. “I see you’re having difficulty in getting your mule to move.”
“Any fool can see that,” replied the farmer.
“You’re doing it all wrong,“ said the traveler.
“Then you tell me how to get this stupid animal out of the mud, Mr. Know-it-all,” the farmer challenged.
“You have to talk gently to the mule. Mules respond to soft tones,” came the response.
“All right, you show me,” the farmer demanded.
With that, the traveler looked about until he saw a thick piece of wood lying on the ground. He picked it up, approached the mule and slammed it across the animal’s forehead.
“What are you doing?” screamed the farmer. “I thought you said I had to speak softly to it!”
“That’s right,” said the traveler. “But first, I gotta get his attention.”
The current state of the Republican party is one of trying to bring the message of self respect, personal responsibility, small government and lower taxes to minorities of all kinds who have been conditioned for generations to depend on Big Government. They look to it to solve all their problems; to cradle, coddle, and cuddle them so they will never have to worry about assuming responsibility for their own lives. Stubbornly standing in the mud puddle of Democratic propagandizing, never being permitted to see the truth, the masses are force-fed a diet of misinformation, distorted history and outright lies via a compliant media and an education system dedicated to keep them dependent on government largesse. The only obligation demanded of them is to vote for the party which “cares.”
What the Republicans have to do, and fast, is to change their tactics from trying to win hearts and minds through a failed policy of being Mr. Nice Guy (which only seems to result in a drubbing on Election Day) to telling them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. A collision with reality, if you will.
When a history-challenged self-proclaimed-maven like Whoopi Goldberg challenges a John McCain-type candidate with a question like, “If you’re elected, will slavery return?” instead of foolishly grinning, Mr. Candidate should have the guts (on national television) to reply, “No, Whoopi. Let me remind you that the Republican Party was founded on an anti-slavery platform and that 300,000 young men, fighting under a Republican President, gave their lives to end that slavery.”
The View Hag might get him thrown out of the studio, but someone in that audience of millions will be paying attention.
Preaching to the choir will not awaken those who aren’t in the choir. The loudspeakers have to be mounted to reach over and beyond the heads of those who have willingly tuned in to hear the same message again and again. Since the mainstream media is obviously a tool of the Democrats, they have to be circumvented. That means we, of the loyal opposition, have to resort to billboards, bumper stickers, even skywriting if necessary, to make the message visible enough that someone will sit up and take notice. It might be easy to rip off a bumper sticker, but it’s harder to pull down a billboard on the side of a freeway. Even harder to shoot down an airplane. And, although (from what I’ve seen on videos), the average person or college student doesn’t watch Fox News or C-Span but willingly swallows the swill fed to them by NBC, CBS, MSNBC and the rest of the Democratic Party’s ventriloquist dummies posing as news outlets, the messages have to be outdoors where they can’t be missed. They should be short and to the point. Don’t forget, we are now a society nurtured on sound bites.
Citizen X drives or takes a bus to work. He’s going to see a billboard saying, “Thank the Democrats for replacing physical slavery with economic slavery.” Messages can be tailored to geographic location.
“Welcome to Chicago, Murder Capital of America. A Democratic City.”
“Welcome to Detroit, or what’s left of It. Thank you, Democrats.”
A bumper sticker asking, “Are you better off than you were before? Which party runs your town?” will not escape notice in a traffic jam.
An airplane dropping leaflets would be nice, but the anti-littering laws would get in the way. However, mass mailings of flyers is legal (and all too common, judging by my mailbox).
“Abraham Lincoln – Republican. His killer – Democrat.”
“Martin Luther King, Jr. – Republican. His killer – Democrat.”
“Famous Democrats: George Wallace, Orville Faubus, Lester Maddox, Bull Connor.”
“The KKK – Strike Arm of the Southern Democratic Party”.
“The 1964 Civil Rights Act was opposed by most Democrats. The Republicans got it through Congress.”
“Jim Crow – Created by the Democrats.”
“Jesse Jackson is a millionaire. Are you?”
It’s about time the Democrats were put on the defensive. They have controlled the media for years while they piled one lie after another on the American public, even to the point of politicizing the education system with their partners in slime, the teachers union. The only way we can be effective in combating this campaign of indoctrination is with an in-your-face barrage of facts and opposite opinions.
Get enough people to start challenging the myths which the Democrats have created and used to mire millions in social and economic stagnation. It won’t be quick, and it won’t be easy, but it can be done.
But first, we gotta get their attention.