In modern politics, when a man on the right talks about “Making the Case™” for this or that, he’s signalling that he’s already lost. I’ll explain below.
If a lawyer makes a case in court, what is he doing? He’s highlighting laws and court decisions from the past, and drawing logical lines to his client’s case. In short, he’s trying to show that those laws and decisions support his client’s plea.
In politics it’s exactly the same. When a man is Making the Case™ for something in politics, he’s highlighting political doctrines and drawing lines from them to his goal.
For instance: some lame-brained people on the right have tried to say that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to come to America because their religion does not believe in equality. What these people are doing is saying we should be unequal, because Muslims are being unequal. What they are saying is:
Equality > Muslims are violating it.
Equality > Let’s violate it ourselves, to keep them from violating it.
It makes no logical sense. And Making the Case™ is all about logic. They are bound to fail. (As a note: I fully support a Muslim ban. But arguing that we should be illiberal to keep illiberal people from coming here to be illiberal is a stupid tactic.)
I highlight the above to show why Making the Case™ fails. It utterly depends on precedent. But what is the political precedent, more or less, in America? Liberalism. As such, it can’t be used to justify illiberal things. That is why “making the case” doesn’t work: it depends on outside authority. And all the outside authorities are liberal.
So what do we do instead? Simply declare the truth. You’ve seen me do it here many times. Trump does it. Theodore Roosevelt, who was very successful politically, did it too.
You see, the majority of the American people are illiberal themselves. We can just speak to them about what we both know to be true. Instead of finding precedents and drawing lines from them to our actions, we can speak to them about what we both know to be true. We can build political strength that way. We can win elections that way.
And what other way is there? Making the Case™ has failed for decades because it depends on liberalism. Declarative statement is the way to go. Besides, the liberals aren’t prepared for it. It will give them a good pounding initially.
And finally, the media isn’t prepared for declarative statements. What they try to do is get you tied up in illiberal conclusions. They say “Well yes Mr. Fighter. But what about the poor people that are just crossing the border to come here and be free? What do you say to them?”
What he’s asking is “How do you reconcile this with liberalism.”
I would answer: “I don’t say anything to them at all. They have no right to be here and will be sent back.”
The media would faint. The people would cheer. And America would be a nation again.
And what did I do? Did I draw lines from outside authorities on why they have no right to be here? No. I simply stated it. I made a declarative statement.
Work it into your thinking to make declarative statements in politics. Making the Case™ fails.