When discussing military tactics there is a term used to describe how a much smaller force can defeat a much larger one; aside from dropping nuclear weapons on them; that term being divide and conquer. Let’s just say that you are the commanding officer of a force numbering 100,000 soldiers and you are facing an enemy consisting of over 500,000 troops. If both sides of the upcoming conflict were on equal terms in regards to weapons and training, then it would be a pretty safe assumption to say that the larger force would decimate the smaller one in a head to head battle. But, if you were able to break the larger force into smaller contingents and take them on one at a time, your chances of victory go up exponentially with relatively few casualties on your side.
Although it was highly fictionalized in the film 300, this is similar to the tactic King Leonidas used at the Battle of Thermopylae when he funneled the much larger Persian Army into a narrow gap in the mountains; thereby decreasing the number of soldiers the Persians could bring to bear against his small compliment of Spartans and Greeks. Although the Greeks, led by Leonidas, eventually perished it is said that they inflicted heavy casualties upon the Persians; somewhere in the range of 20,000 losses for the army of Xerxes.
The term divide and conquer can also be applied to politics as well. For instance, let’s just say that there was no Primary system in place in America; that any candidate gathering enough support could run for President. Now imagine what would happen if only one candidate sought the Presidency on the Democratic ticket but 8 or 9 candidates ran on the Republican side. Those voting Democrat would stand united together behind one candidate, while the Republicans would be divided amongst 8, thereby almost assuring the Democrats would win the election.
Yet there is another instance in which the principle of divide and conquer can be applied in politics. Imagine, if you will, that there was a tyrant holding absolute power in a country; who used his power to benefit himself and his friends and family at the cost of the riches and rights of those he governed. Without a massive army to support him it is likely that the people would unite together and topple him from power. Yet, if this tyrant were to cause the people to be divided along a multitude of ISSUES and keep them fighting amongst themselves, it is unlikely they would be able to muster enough forces to remove him from power.
It is this 3rd method of which the tactic of divide and conquer is currently being employed in American politics today. The title of our nation is; the United States of America; but as a people how united are we on the issues? Not very if you ask me; you can barely talk politics with anyone without it devolving into an argument with the insults and name calling starting to get tossed around like verbal hand grenades.
In American politics today it is how people FEEL about an issue that is more important than the actual FACTS about the issue that matter. When that happens all common sense flies out the window and things go to shit; and I’m sorry for the use of profanity, but that’s just how it is.
Just look at America today and tell me this isn’t so. America has been divided into these tiny warring factions over a multitude of battle lines. There are the Republicans against the Democrats and vice versa. We have the rich versus the poor; those who favor strict enforcement of immigration law and those who support an open border policy; we have those arguing the issue of pro-life versus pro-choice, and the list goes on and on and on. Is it any wonder we cannot unite together and see that the real enemy in this country isn’t our neighbor, but our government?
I frequently hear from those who consider themselves active in politics that they are informed on the issues. Well that’s all well and good, but are they informed on how their system of government was designed to operate; what powers it was intended it possess?
What if the federal government passed a new law declaring that on every Friday each and every American MUST wear pink clothing; how many of you would fight against this law because you hate pink and how many of you would say, “Cool, I like pink clothes”? Then, how many of you would ask, “Why is our government passing this law, that isn’t one of the powers it was given?”
That is my point in every argument I have had with people on both sides of all the issues; is it the power of the federal government to even touch upon these ISSUES? Most people simply do not care that the Constitution limits the power of the federal government to a few select and enumerated powers; they want government to do things which benefit them, or their cause. This has allowed our government to grow into this huge monstrosity that oversteps its legitimate authority and deprives of us the one thing that benefits all of us….LIBERTY.
Whenever I get into an argument with people, (because I can no longer call what takes place a civil debate), the question of whether the government has the authority to do the things that we are arguing over is irrelevant to those I’m arguing with; only whether it aids humanity or benefits them or their chosen causes. Never does the legality of what the government is doing enter into the argument; and if it does those I’m arguing with refuse to provide any factual support for their belief that our government has the authority to do the things they are doing…NEVER!!!
The same goes for American History; especially the War of Northern Aggression; or the Civil War as you know it. How one stands on what Lincoln did and what the Confederacy was attempting to do is primarily based upon how well they understand how our system of government was established and its relationship to both the people and the States.
The people of this country, at least back in 1787, never considered themselves to be United States citizens under a strong centralized government. What they believed themselves to be was State citizens who were instituting a system of government for a few specific functions; such as regulating commerce between the States and providing for the common defense of them all. The powers given this new government were not, and I repeat NOT supposed to interfere with the actions of the people directly living within the borders of each State; aside from possibly a few taxes paid in the form of tariffs upon goods entering the United States.
That is all this form of government was supposed to do and if people would actually sit down and read the Constitution they would see that this is the case. Not only that, but those who were pushing for the States to ratify the Constitution and implement their proposed system of government also promised that the powers given the government it established would be few and limited; while those left to the States would be numerous, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” (Source: Federalist 45, James Madison)
But Madison did not stop there, he also laid down specifically how those powers would be divided between the State and federal authority, “The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.
The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
Now, be honest, does that sound anything like the government you support today in respect to the amount of power it wields over everything from how much water a toilet can use to whether or not you MUST purchase health insurance? If not, then why do you choose to vote for candidates knowing full well that the government they seek positions within is functioning without any legal authority; and hasn’t been since the end of the Civil War?
James Madison once wrote, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” Yet knowledge seems to be something that most Americans are deathly afraid of, lest it cause them to abandon their beliefs regarding both the issues and their faith and trust in government itself. But, as the Bible says, the truth shall set you free…but only if you seek it out and accept it.
As long as people continue to play the ridiculous two party paradigm game, or align themselves on opposite sides of certain issues, we will never look past our petty disagreements and see that government itself has become the mortal enemy to liberty, and should be resisted by all those who cherish that liberty.
America is living proof that the tactic of divide and conquer is effective in keeping a people from uniting together and rising up against a tyrannical government. The people of this country think they are informed, but they have been conditioned; their thoughts manipulated by the schools they attend, the things they are told by corrupt politicians, and the media they get their information from. The only real source of knowledge regarding how this system of government is supposed to function is to be found in the words of those who participated in deciding whether or not to ratify the Constitution.
Unfortunately, that takes time and effort for people to sift through, so they just accept that what they’ve been taught/told is true and base their decisions upon what they think they know. Well let me tell you something, in a meeting in the Oval Office between President Reagan and the head of the CIA, William Casey, Casey is quoted as saying, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American people believe is false”
If that isn’t reason to question everything you believe regarding the purpose of and powers given to your government, I don’t know what else I can say to convince you to do so. If you allow a system of government, any government, to be the sole deciders as to the extent of their powers, then you WILL end up living under tyrants. This includes the almighty Supreme Court; for after all, aren’t they part of the government as well? If they truly were impartial and unbiased, why should it matter so much whether a Republican or Democratic president gets to choose new justices to that body?
The government you support today is NOT the government that was put into effect in 1789. Today the government is the enforcing arm of those behind the scenes who control it via money and influence to further their own selfish aims. We are mere cattle to be used to benefit them; while being milked for the tax dollars we provide; the lifeblood of any government. The Preamble to the Constitution may as well be rewritten to say, “We the bankers and the powerful special interests do hereby ordain and establish this system of government to further our goals of enslaving the American people to its system of credit and debt; thereby making them nothing more than free range slaves who work on a government managed plantation.”
I don’t think people fully realize the immense political power they wield and can only be used effectively if they would just unite together in both knowledge and purpose to keep their government within the confines of its true powers. As it is, we remain a divided and conquered people; simply because we refuse to take the time to seek out the truth, rather than believing the lies that are being spoon fed to us from every direction.
In closing I’d like to thank Louis Turner for both the opening and closing graphics used in this article. He produced both right about the same time I began writing this article. I would call that divine providence that I was discussing this subject and he made these particular graphics at the moment he did; but that’s just me. Anyway, take a look and see if what they imply can sink past your cranium into that grey matter between your ears.