Strategy and Tactics

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.”

—-Sun Tzu, ancient Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher.

He lived during the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China (he died in 496 BC).
Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking.

President Joe Biden, who has no military experience, has been called upon by history to fight and win the war to preserve American Democracy.

In the war against the existential threat and clear and present danger of white supremacy and white nationalism, he must successfully carry the mantle  of strategist and tactician-in- chief.

At the risk of over simplifying, I’ll define strategy as being about what to do and why; and tactics as how to do something and when.

A clear separation has begun to develop between the Capitol Hill Republicans who live in the bubble inside the Washington Beltway and the people who voted Republican in the last election cycle.

This is due to the American Rescue Plan that has put shots in the arms and money in the pockets of Americans regardless of political affiliation or ideology.

Biden has been handed the opportunity to exploit the separation by Senate Minority Leader McConnell who has vowed that no Senate Republican will vote in favor Biden’s next two big ticket legislative initiatives.

Both the American Family Plan and the Infrastructure Plan can be passed by invoking the reconciliation process that brought the Rescue Plan across the finish line without a single Republican vote.

It seems that the strategy is to make it difficult or even painful for the average voters to cast ballots for legislators who stood in opposition to good jobs, fair wages, clean air and water, safer bridges, highways, and schools, modernized railways and structures, and 21st century communication systems and power grids.

The strategy should be to get this done ASAP so that the benefits begin to manifest and be felt ahead of the mid-term elections.

The tactics involve winning the mid-terms by convincing margins through the mobilization of the people who have begun to experience the benefits of the Biden legislative initiatives and agenda.

The long term goal is to defeat Trump’s Republicans repeatedly and overwhelmingly.

Losing to people who would destroy American Democracy and establish an Americanized version of apartheid, rule by the White minority, is not an option.