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Confrontational Politics

Confrontational Politics
by Sen. H.L. Richardson, Retired

What's the matter with the Republicans? Gun Owners of America founder and chairman Richardson answers that question in Confrontational Politics. During 22 years of legislative experience, Sen. Richardson found that the only thing that got things done was confrontation. Democrats typically understand confrontation, like it and use it. Conversely, Conservatives do not understand confrontation, don't like it and flee from it. Many who have already read the book have reported that "Now I understand why Conservatives keep losing." Readers of Confrontational Politics will also learn about the lobbying philosophy that has earned GOA's reputation as the only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.

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The Liberal’s Compromise:
I win, You Lose...Then You Lose Some More....

Chapter 3, from the book Confrontational Politics: How to Practice the Politics of Principle
by Sen. H.L. Richardson, Retired

What occurs when these contradictory ideologies come into contact with one another, when those believing in traditional American concepts of limited government are assaulted by some new socialist program advanced by the Liberals? Traditionalists, attempting to preserve the status quo, invariably react negatively, predictably. Humanists act - offering programs of socialized revision, expect disruptive change, in fact, look forward to reaction.

It's important to know how each side views the confrontation – as a positive or a negative? Who gains, who loses? Traditional Americans dislike conflict and withdraw from it as a matter of habit and training. On the other hand, the humanist looks upon confrontation as a necessity, a positive ingredient in advancing humanistic programs. They expect confrontation, plan for it and anticipate the predictable, negative reaction from their opposition, often using the reaction to further promote their cause. Conflict, therefore, is expected, welcomed, analyzed and then used to advance their goals.

Momentum is obviously on the side of the aggressors since they have the tactical advantage of initiating the attack. Before their intended opposition even knows a clash will occur, they've had the opportunity to plan strategy, organize support, select the field of battle, choose the appropriate time to launch the new program and frame the issue in such a manner as to put their program in the best light. (More on framing the issue in the next chapter.) They know opposition will be forthcoming, since their plans are usually expensive, assaultive to the constitution and enlarge the bureaucracy, all three an anathema to the traditionalist.

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