In his book, he discusses the Obama administration's green agenda. On the face, the green agenda is hard to fight - after all, it's all about "saving the planet", and what kind of heartless, selfish person would you be if you wouldn't want to do that?
But if you dig deeper, as Mr. Horner did, you will find that it has, in reality, very little to do with saving the planet - that angle is used merely as a means to an end. For all the hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds that it will suck up and the unprecidented control over American citizens, there is little or no measurable good for the environment that will come of it. As Horner says, it's all about power and control. The green agenda is a perfect illustration of his quote, "the issue's not the issue". It is being sold as good for us, but in reality it is not. The issue isn't saving the earth, the issue is grasping more power into the ever-expanding federal government.
This phrase, "the issue's not the issue" is something that needs to be remembered and repeated so that all will know it, because within that phrase is the key to fighting back. Understanding your opponent's tactics is the first step in defeating them.
The issue not being the issue concept applies to every piece of legislation that has passed this Congress so far. The stimulus was not about helping the country get back on it's feet. That is just the bill of goods we were sold. That bill was all about consolidation of power. It was a big, wet, sloppy kiss to all of the special interests who helped put the democrats in power. That expensive thank you also acts as a promise of thank yous to come if the democrats stay in power, thus ensuring their legacy.
The health care bill was not about lowering costs, as was sold to us. It was about redistribution of wealth and control over the most important part of your life - your health. If they hold the key to your good health, you're more inclined to vote to keep them happy and in power, and redistribution buys a whole sector of voters.
Cap and trade isn't about the environment, it's about seizing wealth and controlling the energy sector. Period.
The coming election isn't about a referendum on the distinctly leftward tilt towards european socialism that we are currently pursuing - it's apparently about George W. Bush. I haven't quite figured out how yet, but give me time. Suggestions are appreciated.
The democrat's talking points these days are not just a reflection of their desperation, they are also a roadmap for the coming elections. But then, faced with polls like these and these and these, it's no wonder there is a distinct whiff of desperation in the air. It seems that their entire strategy for the 2010 election is "the issue's not the issue" (and blame Bush, of course).
The liberals are geniuses at directing a conversation. This is what they will attempt to do over the next few months. Instead of addressing the issues that are paramount to a majority of Americans, they will redirect the conversation to either other issues altogether or changing the issue to suit their needs. Thus the green agenda is not about power and control, it's about saving the planet somehow. Instead of being accused, they are going to attempt to be the accuser. When they are accused of grasping for power, they will accuse you of hating the planet. Health care doesn't lower costs translates to "you hate people and don't want them to have insurance". Concerns that there is a lot of taxation coming down the pike becomes "you're one of those fringe militia people, aren't you?"
It's a brilliant strategy, really. When you have no answers, start asking the questions.
The problem is that we have been subjected to this tactic for years now. You might say the country was battle weary, but that would only confirm you are a tea party
The tea partyers know the issues, often better than their representatives, and they are equally as tenacious in their pursuit of an answer as the liberals are in their attempts to avoid the discussion. It promises to be an interesting summer campaign. The big question will be whether the issue is debated, or the issue that isn't the issue.
It's time to take control of the debate and demand real answers to the real issues.