Taking the High Road and Why it is a Bad Strategy

Every time I put a comment or a sharply worded post directed to Biden supporters on social media, I get this kind of comment from a fellow Conservative, ” Don’t stoop to their level. We need to take the high road.”

I understand their point. For years I would have agreed with it.

No more.

I liken our current circumstances to being in a physical fight with someone who wants to seriously hurt or kill you. I can’t imagine anyone fighting for their life or the lives of others would consider taking the “high road” in the fight. Taking the “high road” might get you killed. Ask any policeman or soldier.

I know that I am comparing fighting to what is a war of words. Sticks and stones and all that crap, right? We should ignore when our opponents call us racists, grandma killers, etc. and tell us that we need to go to a re-education camp, or, worse, die. Except we can’t anymore. Because letting liberals and Progressives continue this nasty battle with impunity is turning our country into a land of repression of free speech and winning by intimidation.

How many times have we seen it? A company or public figure comes out in support of police or says something radical like ” All Lives Matter.” In a matter of seconds, every speech bully descends on them with the horrific name calling and allegations. Before we know it, the company/public figure retracts the statement and donates millions of dollars to some terrorist organization like BLM. Using words, the left has repressed the free speech of the company/public figure and has extorted money from them. Meanwhile, the rest of us sit on the sideline and shake our heads at how this has occurred.

No one is willing to fight back. Everyone wants to take the “high road.”

This is particularly prevalent among Republicans. Apparently, the Republican party has either decided that taking a stand on anything, even if it is the ethical thing to do, is too dangerous, too much of a risk. So, at the first sign of any backlash, they rush to their safe spaces to figure out how to do nothing about anything. But, they will defend themselves by saying, ” We don’t want to stoop to their level.”

Well, let’s see. I wonder what would have happened if, in World War II we had decided we had better not fight because fighting would be stooping to Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo’s level. What would our world be like? It’s frightening to think about it.

And where has this strategy gotten us with any of the crazy leftwing groups who want to destroy this country? It’s put us in the middle of a fake pandemic where governments implement tyranny. It’s gotten us riots. destruction and city takeovers, murders of police, insane segregation and degradation of anyone not classified as a “person of color.” It’s gotten us unjustified public crucifixions of Supreme Court candidates, candidates and even Presidents. It’s gotten us open threats of violence on political figures by actors, comedians, athletes, and even government officials. It’s lead to home grown terrorist groups threatening violence every time things don’t go their way. It’s led us to open fraud and theft of a Presidential election. All because we want to take the higher ground instead of saying ” enough is enough” and fighting back.

It needs to stop.

Stop measuring your words. Stop being the nice person and trying to go along to get along. Stop lying about your beliefs or making them secondary to everyone else’s. Stop qualifying your opinions with phrases that validate the actions of true racists, fascists, and tyrants. Trust me, they won’t qualify one word of their opinions. Have you ever heard any radical say, ” Yes, I know that most police are not racist, but…” No. They go straight to “Defund the police.”

Hold the left accountable for their opinions and the inconsistencies in them. Force them to state actual facts and not just platitudes to support their outrageous comments. Point out their hypocrisy and hammer them with it.

Granted, you will lose friends. You will be called a “right wing nut.” You might even have threats thrown at you. Trust me, they will do all those to you anyway. People who want to hate your for who you are will do that no matter what you say or do. It is what has happened to Trump. Yet, the man has stayed true to his beliefs and his mission. And he fights back. Because he knows the truth.

He knows we can no longer take the high road.

Because from where I sit, the high road has gotten us looking over a steep cliff that we will get pushed off of.

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I am a 67 year old runner and conservative. I taught for 31 years and retired a few years back. In my life, I have coached and judged gymnastics, coached softball, and raised two amazing kids.

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