The American left is accustomed to being in the face of everyone that they consider an enemy or an obstacle. It has been a way of life for them since the sixties, and they have become very good at it. I have often referred to the left's modus operandi as the 'squeaky wheel method of political discourse.' It works really well, especially when it is implemented by organized groups with a common tactical strategy. Since 1971, the framework for that strategy has been Saul Alinsky's book, Rules for Radicals.
Now the left finds itself on the receiving end of 'in your face, squeaky wheel activism' and they have no clue as to how to effectively deal with it. Seems they have never developed a contingency plan for the possibility that their opponents would use their own playbook against them by 'astroturf right wing extremists', but that is exactly what has been happening.
Rules for Radicals is in the Top 75 on Amazon.com's best seller list. The retailer has sold more than 1000 copies this month alone. If you go to that page and look at the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought...." section it becomes abundantly obvious that the people buying Rules are conservatives. So does this legitimize the 'astroturf' charge? If it does, so what; and who cares?
As a recovering leftist, I can say that if I were still among their ranks, deluded as I may have been, that I would be very concerned about the future of the leftist movement in America. Times have changed! The left no longer controls the whole of American media. The left has alienated the southern states and they can no longer be counted upon to vote solidly for the Democratic Party. They have pretty much played out the race card, and Americans have been force fed so much bleeding heart 'great society' crap sandwich that they are ready to spew.
The most effective aspect of the 'squeaky wheel' method is not just that it generates interest, but that it generates sympathy. Regardless of how the person felt about the issue before the clamor started, when they see people angry and upset over it, they are naturally compelled to rethink their own position. It is a very effective passive method of conversion. The left knows this, and they know that there is nothing that they can do to counter it. I believe that the Democratic Party is about to experience its shortest tenure of political dominance in their history.
"Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice no virtue." - Barry Goldwater
"Men who go around pushing old ladies into the path of on-coming buses, and men who go around pushing old ladies out of the path of on-coming buses, ought not to be lumped together as men who push old ladies around."- William F. Buckley Jr. In response to the suggestion that the CIA and the KGB are the same.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
"If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain." -?? Winston Churchill ??
"The nine most terrifying words in the english language are: ' I'm from the government and I'm here to help '." - Ronald Reagan
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Teddy Roosevelt
"A pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country, and to humanity, as is the most brutal wrongdoer." - Teddy Roosevelt
"It isn't that Liberals are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so." - Ronald Reagan
"Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow's to lazy to form an opinion" - Will Rogers