On relentlessness

You can’t beat a man who refuses to admit defeat. You can kill a man like that, but you cannot defeat him otherwise, because he has gotten it in his mind to keep fighting, whatever happens.

Sunday I had a phone conversation with Cynthia Yockey in which she calmly and cheerfully explained that she was going to get David Letterman fired. Republicans are too willing to take that kind of abuse, Cynthia said, but she comes out of the gay-rights movement, and they don’t roll that way.

We talked a while, but the main thing I took away from the conversation was Cynthia’s determination to fight a one-woman campaign against Letterman. Even if no one else joined her anti-Letterman crusade, she would fight on alone. As long as it takes, whatever it takes, she has envisioned her goal, and intends to achieve it.

Dave has pissed off the wrong lesbian.

The novelist Tito Perdue once said to me, “How many Spartans would it take to bring down America? Ten thousand? One thousand? One?”

What Tito was trying to express was the vast difference between the softness of modern decadence and the adamantine hardness of the ancients. Those Spartans who died at Thermopylae were so much tougher than the average American of 2009, it’s almost like talking about two entirely separate species.

Nevertheless, there are those rare few who emulate the ancient virtues, who accomplish great things not because they are more talented or more intelligent or more fortunate, but simply because they are truly determined and pursue their aims relentlessly.

“One of the basic principles of military strategy is to reinforce success. If you see a man who fights and wins, give him reinforcements, and bid others to emulate his success.”

It was hardly surprising when Cynthia said of Letterman’s latest apology, “Too little, too late.” She intends to make an example of him, so that others may learn from the example.

That is the basic relentlessness necessary to success. She will keep fighting however long it takes, and what Cynthia needs is reinforcements.

UPDATE: CBS has already lost an advertiser and FireDavidLetterman.com plans a protest rally today at 4 p.m. in New York. (H/T: Frugal Cafe.) And here’s the part where I agree with Dan Collins that Letterman was engaged in “intentionalism” a la Goldstein.

Outrageous over-the-top humor — been there, done that. But I’ve never done it on national TV with a multimillion-dollar contract, eh? And I actually like Dave Letterman.

This isn’t about that. It’s about “don’t f*** with us.”

UPDATE II: Heh. Seems like Instapundit’s down with the Don’t F*** With Us Coalition.

UPDATE III: Let’s get medieval on him!


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