In my previous post I said our side should hack the political system, not withdraw from politics as some on our side (many of whom are Christians) counsel.
The political system is hostile to us but still capable on occasion of producing outcomes beneficial to us. And the withdrawal of people of good will from politics only makes it easier for our Opponent to torment us. We must wisely apply political force where it is likely to do us good and not be misled by foolish idealism of either the anti- or pro-politics type.
The present counsel refers primarily to voting, although obviously voting does no good unless there is a candidate who is a person of good will, and governing does no good unless done by people of good will. But the vast majority of us will not hold office. We will only vote.
To “hack” the political system, then, is to view voting not as a civic duty, but as one means among many of defending ourselves. Politics as civic duty dates from the old days, when America functioned reasonably well regardless of who occupied governmental office. In those days the election of a bad party or politician was never a catastrophe, and it made sense to vote for a questionable candidate as long as his party was, in the long run, better for America than the other party.
But now all of official America is committed to destruction. To vote with the goal of supporting the existing order is to cooperate with destruction.
Instead, we must vote with the goal of protecting ourselves. And if no candidate is likely to protect us, don’t vote. That’s the way our Opponent votes, and he has been successful so far.
Failing to vote for a less-evil candidate whom we would have supported in past years may cause us some avoidable ills. We could have avoided them by electing Mr. Less-Evil. But these setbacks will be more than compensated for when the Less-Evil Party realizes that it needs candidates who actually support our people. Bad officers do not win wars, even if they are less bad than other officers. We must avoid battle until we have good officers.
The political process controls the application of force. And since someone will always be applying the force, we cannot pretend that we can survive while at the same time refusing to engage the Opponent politically. We need officeholders who are on our side.
My intuition is that millions of people who are basically on our side (even if only unconsciously so) are failing to vote defensively. They are afraid to vote with the best interests of their people in mind, or perhaps doing so does not occur to them. These people feel that one should vote for the most “reasonable” candidate and one should not be “divisive.” These people need to know that they should vote in their own best interests. Especially because their (our) Opponent relentlessly votes only in his interests, and harming us is one of his most important interests.
Those on our side who urge disengagement from politics have as their ultimate argument the notion that voting can only pollute us. It is participation in evil. But that’s not true if our mindset is to vote as a defensive tactic.
There is a danger that we may come to believe that winning elections is necessary for our self-defense. This naturally leads to compromise, out of the mistaken belief that a less “radical” candidate will be more likely to win. But a “non-radical” is someone who supports the System, that is, supports our Opponent. We do not need to be members of a political party that is popular. We need to support candidates who defend us. Sometimes this will lead us to join large coalitions (in the sense of voting for the coalition’s candidate.) Often it will not.
In every election we must make a judgment of whether a specific candidate is more likely to defend us or more likely to perpetuate the System. Our judgment may sometimes be proved wrong by later developments, but this is no excuse for withdrawing from politics.
To be practical we should concentrate on local elections. The Opponent probably does not care much about your little district, so normal people have a chance of electing an official of good will, should such a person be on the ballot. At the local level our votes can often make the difference between an officeholder who protects us and one who attacks us.
But state and national elections can still sometimes do good. The Orange Man, despite his faults, did significant good for our side. If he seemed ineffectual, just look at all the wailing and teeth-gnashing he inspired. Our Opponent really felt himself to be in imminent danger.
To summarize: Even though the political System is hopelessly corrupt, and being a standard-brand political animal is deeply corrupting, our people must vote. Politics controls the application of force, so the danger of not voting wisely is greater than the danger of being sucked into the System.