Our first instinctive response when quarrels arise within the patriot camp should be: Unity, unity, unity!
Internal quarrels have split and destroyed political movements far more often than attacks from their enemies.
But … after this response … we have to stop and reflect. Sometimes you have to be ruthless and amputate a grangrenous limb.
My own response here: Greene is a liability and needs to go. She’s just too nutty.
Cheney is different. She needs a good shaking, and some instruction in realpolitik. The Democrats are happy to embrace lynch-mob inspirers like Al Sharpton. They are happy to endorse ‘insurrection’ — the seisure of Capitol Buildings – when their side does it. They bail out violent rioters who burn down police stations. So whatever Mr Trump did – which was no more than some careless talk, not even incitement – was NOTHING compared to what the enemy does.
We ought to hold ourselves to high standards, even as the other side does not, but that doesn’t mean committing suicide. Mr Trump has left office. Let them be content with that. Liz Cheney is not being a traitor, she’s being a goody-goody. I agree with Dan Crenshaw’s attitude to her.
If she is later replaced by a Republican with a better sense of the ruthlessness you need in war, then good. She really ought to be standing as a Republican in a state where there are a lot of liberal moderates to whom we need to appeal.
Here’s the main point: a section of the patriot movement/Republican Party consists of hardline patriots. They are the backbone of the movement.
But … and this is just life … there are millions of other Republican voters, or potential voters, who are ‘softer’, less ferocious, more worried about the opinions of the liberal Democrat mothers in their PTA. People who don’t care that much about patriotism but who know that the Federal Government can’t just print money. People who are worried about the violent extremism with which the Democratic Party seems more and more comfortable. People who sometimes vote for us and sometimes vote for the Democrats.
We don’t want these people to run the Republican Party, but we don’t want to drive them away, either. We need to be Reagan’s “big tent”. But notice that Reagan was the head of the Big Tent.
You win by splitting the other side, encouraging their divisions, and cultivating allies, even ones with whom you may have big disagreements.
Purity is for little religious sects. We need to be completely focussed on POWER. If your rounds are impacting among the enemy, you’re my pal – even if you are completely wrong about fiat money or teaching the Protestant religion in schools or gay marriage.
So, bye-bye Ms Greene --because the crazy ideas you espouse are probably fixed in your mind and we cannot save you. You’re a liability. You drive away more than you bring in.
But Liz Cheney has made an error of judgement. She’s being too pure, not the worst sin in the world, just something we can’t afford as the Republic begins to sink while the Left are busy with their augurs.
She would have probably wanted to cut off aid to Joseph Stalin in 1943, just because he presided over gulags which worked Christian prisoners to death.
There is such a thing as being too nice. Sometimes you have to make hard choices. She hasn’t made the hard choice here, she’s gone with her niceness impulse. We shouldn’t emulate her in this by going with our vengeance impulse. We have to do what will strengthen, or at least not weaken, our side.