Optics is not just a part of politics. Optics is politics. The notorious leftist organizer Saul Alinsky infamously said “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” This Alinsky quote speaks to a fundamental truth that every savvy activist should know. If others perceive you as being the only conservative around, your activism will not have anywhere near the impact that it otherwise would. Sadly, many people are unwilling to take a stand on an issue if they feel it would put them on the “losing side of history,” even if the standard is right.
The abortionists at Planned Parenthood know this political rule all too well. If you look at the news and see the Women’s March and the loud feminists clamoring for abortion rights, you would think that the pro-life position is not winning in America. If you listen to the lobbyists from Planned Parenthood who spend millions of your taxpayer dollars convincing you to give them more taxpayer dollars, you would think we are losing ground. In reality, that could not be further from the truth. Planned Parenthood operates more than fifty percent of all abortion mills in the United States, but they close location after location. Since 1995, they have gone from 938 facilities to just 590. That is a total decrease of more than a third of their facilities in just one generation. Yet, you won’t hear these numbers by watching the evening news.
This is a textbook case of Alinsky-style political optics. Remember: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Leftists use this rule all the time and conservatives should know about it too. Letting the world know that our generation is a pro-life generation can make all the difference as we fight for the unborn. We cannot allow ourselves to be marginalized by Planned Parenthood and the other abortion bullies. Conservatives are the ones defending the sacredness of innocent human life and America stands with us. We have the power of optics if only we are willing to seize it. Never let the liberals tell you otherwise.