Impotence vs. Power
(AP Photo/Joe Songer, Pool)
And I will apply the electrodes myself if
I need to, and I will need to. The press thinks
they're getting back their press room. Hah,
it's now the high value interrogation center.
It is the act of the impotent to make threats they cannot carry out. You can rage all you want about torture, but you can't punish anyone, and that is what is needed. The ability to punish. Just like the fundies and the Club for Growth. Ignore them and people run for your seat and run commercials against you.
I heard the same thing after Alito as well. But it's impossible without leverage. You can't get politicians to vote your way unless they fear you. Making threats you will not carry out makes you look weak and ineffective. And you will not carry them out because no matter how disgusted you, more is at stake. And everyone knows it.
The way to prevent people from selling out is simple: they have to fear you. They have to fear what you can do to them. It is better to be loved, but fear works very well in politics. It took conservatives 15 years to scare people and build their base. And they stuck it out, despite a setback here and there. Because, in the end, their goal was to control who sat in Congress. Not just the White House, but Congress. They trained them, they cultivated them and they built networks.
People need to stop with the threats, note this and act to get the power to prevent it from happening in the future. This is a prime demonstration of fear and power. As long as you lack that, you cannot push your beliefs.
posted by Steve @ 12:10:00 AM