It's better to give than receive at Christmas, as the saying goes. My gift this year are three books for the stockings of our testosterone-depleted Republican leadership:
1. Machiavelli's The Prince.
I'd circle this passage in red: "The question is whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse. The answer is that one would like to be both the one or the other; but because it is difficult to combine the two, it is far better to be feared than loved."
2. Sun Tzu's The Art of War.
The pull quote is: "Therefore those who win every battle are not really skillful--those who render the enemies' armies helpless without fighting are the best of all."
That's what Democrats have been doing to Republicans for the past two decades!
3. Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals.
Pull quote: "Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have."
Just imagine the pain and suffering Neville Chamberlain could have spared the world if he had read Mein Kampf before going to Munich. And how much trouble could John Boehner and Mitch McConnell spared us all if they read the book by Obama's guide and mentor the day after inauguration in 2009, and understood how he sees the world and how his mind works?
E.g. Alinsky quoting Lenin: "They have the guns and therefore we are for peace and reformation through the ballot. When we have the guns, then it will be through the bullet."