The ROPE-A-DOPE Move in Politics
From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope-a-dope
In competitive situations, other than boxing, rope-a-dope is used to describe strategies in which one contender lets opponent fatigue themselves by drawing non-injuring offensive actions. This then gives the contender an advantage towards the end of the competition or before, as the opponent becomes tired, allowing the contender to execute devastating offensive maneuvers and thereby winning.
The rope-a-dope is performed by a boxer assuming a protected stance (in Ali’s classic pose, lying against the ropes, which allows much of the punch’s energy to be absorbed by the ropes’ elasticity rather than the boxer’s body) while allowing his opponent to hit him, providing only enough counter-attack to avoid the referee thinking the boxer is no longer able to continue and thus ending the match via technical knockout. The plan is to cause the opponent to “punch himself out” and make mistakes which the boxer can then exploit in a counter-attack.
How Does This Relate To Us?
Given the current amount of controversies coming out of the Trump Administration, I am wondering if this is a tactic rather than just ineptness. Every day there is a new outrage causing protests in the streets. Is this just a tactic to tire us out before 2018? Even if it is not a tactic, there is a chance we will suffer fatigue over the long run.
Protests are great, but will they translate into votes? This will not change unless we get competent progressives into office. We cannot tire; we must sustain our current energy and direct it into progressive change.
What I Think We Can Do!
I think we need to have each person expend their energy on one topic while morally (and physically) supporting other topics. Each person should direct a spotlight on their views, finding information, writing articles, talking to people and being energetic. My hot button is climate and water. I spend time every day studying this topic. What is yours? Here, in no real order, are some issues I feel are important.
- Woman’s Rights (These all affect men also)
- Equal Pay
- Reproductive Rights
- Gender Discrimination
- Child Care
- Religious discrimination
- Voter Suppression
- The right to protest
- Racial Discrimination
- Appeal to Young Voters
- Appeal to Minorities (Hispanics, Muslims etc.)
I am sure there are many more.
I think each person should chose one or two of the above items. Study the issues so you can discuss them in a friendly way. Determine how to best convey your ideas and issues to the people who will listen. Pace yourself so you will not burn out. Find people who will help you.
I am willing to put on the website anything you write, even if I disagree. Let us stay in the fight until we have reached a goal. We can then expand in the future.
Thanks for you time.