While I was at the 2015 THSC Homeschool Conference in The Woodlands, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Glass, fellow Aggie and husband of Kathie Glass, who ran as the Libertarian candidate for Texas Governor in 2014. Mr. Glass shared some personal perspectives on “Texas Tactics” in politics which I found humorous and insightful, so with your indulgence I’ll pass those along this week (paraphrased, of course).
The “Goliad” Tactic
A noble and valiant politician is in a tight spot. Overwhelmed by powerful and corrupt opponents, he knows that he is out-manned and out-provisioned, so he surrenders in hopes of minimizing losses even though he knows that the leader of the opposition is vindictive. He tries to compromise with his opponents as they close in for the final blow. When that fails, he appeals to underlings in the same regime, hoping that they might be persuaded to talk their leaders into compromising rather than obliterating the already-suppressed dissenters. Of course, it would be foolish to exchange victory for a compromise, and the underlings were selected by the corrupt leader because they are either equally corrupt or because they are too weak to be any challenge. The end result is not affected by pleas for reason and restraint. The corrupt regime ruthlessly obliterates all opposition. There is small comfort in losing with honor because you still lose…and the opposition rolls over what’s left of you like a juggernaut.
If winning is important, this is also not a recommended tactic. 😉