Dear Mr. Kalb and Fellow Readers,
(This is not an immigration-reform Website.) They are always on the defensive. They shamefully fail to organize and take offensive action, literally. They just don’t get it. It is their job to be offensive to people; they miserably fail to set the terms of the debate. The debate ain’t about the economy or some poor soul in abject conditions or about compassion. It is about politics.
One affects the terms of a debate by getting in the face of an opponent, by causing his eyes to flicker, and appealing rationally to those who are on the fence. Except for the Minutemen (which seems to be devolving into a selfish attempt by the leader to become elected), these groups remain nailed to their Websites. As many generals have said, wars are won by taking ground, not by technology. The Websites are using communication technology, but they are taking no ground.
As smart and wired as they are, they lack dynamic leadership. They are Lincoln’s General McClellan, too timid or overwhelmed to get up and fight.
Argument is as essential as a bullet, but the leader will never take the field by hurling only arguments; the leader must grasp the arguer, push him aside, and enter his rear area where he is vulnerable. There are huge numbers of Americans who want immigration enforcement-only. So completely ignore media negativism, which is the media’s nature; it is a business, no more a friend than your local salesman. You see, if there is no controversy, the media is out of business.