John Minford, #SunTzu 7: 8 "Order your men to carry their armour and make forced march, day and night, without halting, march thirty miles at double speed for some gain, and you will lose all of your commanders.

John Minford, #SunTzu 7: 8 completed…

“The most vigorous men will be in the vanguard; the weakest in the rear. One in ten will arrive.”
This is a positively terrifying verse, horrific. I've already shared how exactly like this are all my own checkers games. I always rush around for some idiotic gain, and I lose. I hate losing. I keep hoping, and it keeps not working. But this verse is worse than that, even.
It perfectly, excruciatingly describes all the worst failures of my adult and professional life through the decades. I invariably know where the gain is. I invariably go straight at it. I bring my strength with me to the front. I never remember my fatal weaknesses. Oh, pain.
Alright, I know I'm a bit hard on myself. In recent years I've been cleaning up my act, somewhat. But, for those of you who know me personally, you know that I behaved in exactly this manner, to great business detriment in 2016. Whew. Politics and business. SO dangerous!
I have to share an example of marching 30 miles, carrying all my armour, at double speed. My Dawn Analysis process commenced at 3:00 AM. From collecting and managing the data, through drawing lines and writing my analysis, I was rarely done before 6:00 and often 7:00 or later.
I did that for weeks on end, and upon our victory, I simply collapsed. Who knows how much of myself I left in the rear, never to catch up with the vanguard of my effort? Was it one part out of ten in the rest of my world? Maybe not even that much!
Can you follow the metaphor? Each of us has parts, within our personality and souls. Part goes in front; part brings up the rear. And if you don't guard your rear, your front will not be able to carry the burden forever, and you will pay the price.
Let's turn this into a slow-motion replay of the years 2016 - 2018. @POTUS carried all the armour, leading from the front for us the entire time. Without halting, he faced every challenge and always came back punching, while getting more done than any president ever had.
Talk about marching thirty miles at double speed without stopping day and night. We've never seen a president work this hard, this smart, never losing sight of his promises and commitments, while rallying us, and facing down the entire power establishment. We must be in awe.
Yet, when we had the opportunity to replace 40 unfaithful Republican Representatives in the House, rather, our commanders never got there, the rear never showed up, and we lost all 40 seats, lost the House. What was the vanguard doing?
@POTUS, in addition to all his other responsibilities led the fight and rallied the people to strengthen our position in the Senate. It was the most important battle, and he had to focus his powers. We improved our position in the Senate. How about that? We in the rear were weak.
Here is my harshest attack against us. The only gain we were motivated by was complacency. Why can we not find, build a leadership infrastructure that organizes high integrity followers to overcome all complacency? Our movement is NOT ship shape. We're a loose operation.
I have to say that another way. We follow our one leader - at the front carrying all the armour - from our sofas. We love him on TV. And those among us who follow him to his rallies are very important. They get off their sofas. But the rear, we did not go vote last November.
I admit, I'm growing more and more confident that in 2020 we'll do the right thing at the ballot booth. As a movement, so far, it's looking like we're on a four-year cycle. I hope we at least live up to that time frame. But why are we so careless on the two-year cycle?
And consider the challenge we face, dropping for a moment our hellacious complacency. If we fail to return the House to @POTUS, we risk the entire agenda of our movement. I will place its 10 components again, right now, below...
1. Remember The Forgotten Americans
2. Rule Of Law
3. American Jobs
4. Quality Of Life For Every American
5. Heal Our Cities
6. Build The Wall
7. Make America Wealthy Again
8. Make America Strong Again
9. Make America Safe Again
10. Make America Great Again
Should we fail to return the House to @POTUS to empower his progress forward, we place every one of those sacred objectives at risk. Now look out to 2022. Will we leave the rear behind, again, as we did in 2018? If so, how can we believe we did our part for #MAGA?
I ask again, where are our commanders? Who will build the ties that bind a movement into something our leader can count upon? We dare not fail, not only relative to his reelection, that's obvious. We must return him the House, and this time with honest support for #MAGA law.
Our battle, now, is for the coming year and a half, to get it right for 2020. We need the rear to catch up to the vanguard, and all parts of our movement to be able to help all other parts. But when we do succeed, then we must never again allow the rear to fall behind.
If we're to live up to our historic mission, we must now and forever forswear the vicious weakness of complacency. Never again. The front cannot always carry all the armour. And the gain of sofa living is no gain at all.
162 verses completed, 260 to go.

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