The Art of War by Eric Keller
"The General who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought" Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 500 B.C.
Going off Ellen's well thought-out essay yesterday, we are in for the long game. All that we do today is related to what we will do for 2020. Since March 2017, we are making our calculations before we go to battle. Where are those who lean Democrat in the county? What houses do they live in and what phone numbers do they have? Where are those who are the true center that we might convince into voting Democrat? What is our strength? How many people will make phone calls, knock on doors, work on committees, and show up for events? As Sun Tzu said so famously, "If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles." That is what we are doing. We are in the process of building a political map of Anderson County so we know exactly where to go and who to talk with. Candidates for local, state, and even Federal offices will have an advantage when they come to our county, We will prepare the "many calculations" so the candidate will be ready to go.
"Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of the trigger." Sun Tzu. We are bending back the bow. By contributing time, money, and personal energy, you are pulling the string back farther and farther. Soon, as we reach the first battle, we will release it in the 2018 elections. Then, in this marathon we are in, we begin pulling back the bow again.
Finally, "You will not succeed unless your people have tenacity and unity of purpose, above all, a spirit of sympathetic cooperation. This is the lesson which can be learned from the shaui-jan (a snake- where one attacks the head- the tail strikes. The head then strikes if the tail is attacked)." Sun Tzu.
How will we keep going on this marathon- hard to beat Sun Tzu above. Tenacity. Unity of Purpose. Spirit of Sympathetic Cooperation.