I have no idea if President Donald Trump actually read “The Art of War” by Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu.
But if he did, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting,” Sun Tzu wrote in his seminal book.
Sure, Trump takes the occasional shot at Democrats and needles them as needed, but he’s generally a little too busy serving the American people.
Seldom does Trump actually descend into the histrionics that has ensnared the Democratic party.
Trump doesn’t need to “fight” Democrats. They’re doing perfectly fine devolving into senseless hysteria without his help.
Take, for example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s latest stop on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” show.
Jonathan Capehart, the fill-in host, actually pressed Pelosi on a somewhat tough issue.
“There are a lot of people out there, particularly Democrats, who are saying the Democrats have no message, the Democrats they don’t know what they’re for, they know they’re against President Trump but they don’t know what they’re for,” Capehart said.
Harsh, but ultimately true. Aside from the overarching disdain for Trump, there seems to be little else keeping a fractured Democratic leadership together.
“Democrats are for the people. Democrats are for the people,” Pelosi responded, as if saying it twice makes it more true.
Of course, that’s a response that a well-trained parrot could give. Pelosi stumbled and struggled over her next few words.
“It means we are for the people having lower health care costs, reducing the costs of prescription drugs. Democrats are for bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of America, creating good paying jobs.”
Where to even begin?
Nobody is arguing against more affordable health care, on either side of the political spectrum. It’s the Democrats’ byzantine desire for “free” universal health care that is the issue. It’s simply not feasible without a huge strain on employers, which in turn creates fewer jobs and lower paying jobs.
All of which flies directly in the face of “bigger paychecks” and “good paying jobs.” Pelosi acts like a magic wand can just be waved to create these things. Say what you will about Trump, but he has a sharp understanding of how politics work. The merits of trickle down economics can be debated all day, but it’s inarguable that poorer employers means poorer employees.
There’s no denying that the Democratic party is splintering. Thanks in no small part to Trump, more and more Democrats are drifting further to the fringes of far-leftism in the midst of their anti-Trump derangement.
As such, the Democratic message and the things they stand for becomes more and more muddied.
That only helps Trump and Republicans.
“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win,” Sun Tzu wrote.
It’s hard to argue against the fact that Republicans have been the former and Democrats have been the latter.
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