I coined the term “Anaconda Strategy” to describe the leftist progressive strategy for fundamentally changing the United States from a society based upon Constitutional freedoms into a socialist, intrusive government “nanny state” run by leftist politicians. Whether intentional, or accidental, their strategy has been in place for decades, and consists of two distinct phases.
Power Phase: When Progressives control the Federal Government, they are ruthless in advancing their agenda. Like an Anaconda tightening its coils around its prey whenever the prey exhales, squeezing ever tighter to prevent it from inhaling, progressives expand the power of government, growing it and in the process crushing the liberties of Americans and undermining Constitutional firewalls, legal precedent and rewriting American history to hide their tracks. During this “Power Phase”, they ignore opposing views, claiming that they speak for the people; enacting their mandate. A short list of tools and tactics commonly employed to force their agenda include:
- Denigrating Christians and Christianity
- Message amplification via “Minion Media” and pop-culture
- Demonizing opposition
- Revising history
- Court challenges, use of activist judges
- Personal attacks
- Thuggery and intimidation
- Trucked in union led/paid “AstroTurf” demonstrations
- International leverage (United Nations mandates, dictates and treaties), Calling it an Accord to end run Congress
- Pseudoscience to prop up positions
- Class warfare
- Political sleight of hand
- Eliminating institutions and symbols (breaking the connection to the past, history, and society’s legacy)
No better example exist than the way Obama care was railroaded into law, highlighted byHarry Reid’s throwing out 215 years of tradition with the nuclear option.
When progressives lose elections, and voters throw them out of power, they enter the “Holding Phase”.
Holding Phase: The Anaconda maintains the crushing force of constriction, while its prey tries to inhale, but it allows no reduction in force as it waits for the next chance to tighten. Likewise, progressives go into hold mode when beaten in elections, and ejected from power. They never accept defeat, no matter how often it happens on a given issue. The left keeps failing in the gun control debate, but it’s only a matter of time before they come after the 2nd Amendment again. During the “Holding Phase” they bide their time.
They cry for an end to partisanship, all the while stalling any attempts to unwind the progressive agenda as they work to entrench Power Phase gains. They use any means possible, see list above, to prevent giving up ground, from courts to childish tactics such as when Wisconsin democrats literally fled Wisconsin in efforts to stall Republican Governor Scott Walker’s campaign agenda. Their relentless movement towards a socialist, authoritarian form of government, with them at the table of power is temporarily on hold until the tide swings back to the “Power Phase”, and their agenda’s constricting march can resume.
What is the counter strategy to oppose this Anaconda Strategy?
Conservative Americans, like TEA Party members, must lead the charge to unwind the coils of the progressive agenda at every turn, and with equal vigor. Stall when not in power, bring the American People into the cause and use their support to reverse bad legislation wherever possible, prevent and highlight bad legislation when proposed, fight for Constitutionalist judges, and strive to gain and maintain governing majorities. Once done, stay true to, and teach the Constitution, conservative ideals and apply the “last in -first out” principle to unwind the progressive agenda, returning liberty and power back in the hands of the American People, where the Constitution puts it.
The strategy must be long term, determined and relentless in order to unwind the coils of progressivism.