What I propose to protect conservatives under attack on Twitter

by CynthiaYockey on March 3, 2012

Bill Whittle says he thinks Twitter killed Andrew Breitbart because it let so many toxic people send their poison his way and he took them on directly.

I was worried about just that problem for Andrew and spoke to him about it at CPAC 2010. Re-tweeting tweets that are especially toxic or looney does nothing to stop their senders because they do not feel shame or remorse about their actions — instead they feel a gleeful righteousness and feed on the pain they cause like vampires. It’s like trying to kill starfish by chopping them into five pieces and throwing them back in the ocean. Starfish can regenerate their limbs, so what that does is give you five times more starfish. (The things you learn from the Discovery Channel.) So re-tweeting multiplies your enemies, it does not dismay or destroy them.

What to do?

You destroy darkness by turning on the light.

I told Andrew that I wanted his permission to start a hashtag that I would use whenever I saw him retweeting tweets attacking him. I wanted his permission because doing something like that looks like sucking up. I wanted him to know that I was genuinely expressing love for him. I told him I was concerned about his heart and wanted to know how he would feel about my doing that. He told me he would love it! He said he got pounced on wherever he went by people who wanted to argue with him, so he was constantly embattled. He told me that no one really backed him up with that kind of loving support. (Even though he always leapt to the defense of others.) Again, he said he would love it.

So what I did when I saw Andrew re-tweeting especially toxic tweets was to send him tweets with the hashtag #wol, for “wave of love,” and tell him I was sending him a wave of love. Sadly, I couldn’t keep up, and I couldn’t get anyone else to pick up the meme, and I stopped trying far too soon.

However, now I would like to propose to my fellow bloggers and conservatives that we come up with a better way on Twitter to surround any one of our number who falls under mass attack on Twitter with an invincible shield. I’m especially concerned for Gov. Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin. What I suggest is that instead of retweeting any toxic tweets, we bombard their sender with tweets of support for the person who is their target. Here’s the hashtag I propose and how I propose to do it:

@ToxicLeftist, you have generated a #waveoflove for @SarahPalinUSA (or @michellemalkin or @AnnCoulter). BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!* #tcot #tlot

Which comes out on Twitter as follows:


*There’s only so gracious one needs to be. Feel the schadenfreude.

Dear gentle readers and fellow conservative bloggers, what do you think?

Update, 3/4/12, Sun.: Thank you, Instapundit, for the link (I urge dear gentle readers not sent by Instapundit to read his post, too), and I welcome Instapundit readers.

Update, 3/4/12, Sun.:

Not for nothing, the #waveoflove for our conservative champions on Twitter complies with Rules 5 and 6 of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. It also infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.

So, regarding “who then react to your advantage”: We just have to do this enough to make it a trending topic a few times to be able to force the mainstream media to cover it. How sweet will that be?

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, then there is something very wrong with the tactic.


And don’t be worried that Rule 13 says the point of the attack is to smoke out the target’s supporters to take them down, too:

Rule 13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. As soon as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all of the “others” come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.

Don’t worry, not only because we will have a #waveoflove for you, too, but also because of …

Rule 12: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. You can not risk being trapped by the enemy by his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right, we don’t know what to do about this issue, now you tell us.”

They don’t have one and will never have one, as Friedrich Hayek explained in his 1945 book, The Road to Serfdom. You can download the free Reader’s Digest condensed version in pdf here.

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Mbmorelock March 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

This almost convinces me to get a twit account. Not quite… But closer than ever before. The first REALLY positive use I’ve seen.

rrpjr March 4, 2012 at 12:38 am

Fantastic. God bless you for what you did for Andrew. I wish I’d thought of it.

Louis Villaescusa March 4, 2012 at 2:03 am

Great post.

Cynthia Yockey March 4, 2012 at 3:48 am

You are right. I wrote this in haste so I could get to a memorial celebration of Andrew in D.C. on Saturday night and did not proofread it properly. It’s very early on Sunday morning now, but I think I’ve re-written the post well enough to make it more clear and get rid of the errors.

Liz March 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I agree with you that the vicious left feels no remorse, but I still think it’s worthwhile to point out how horrible and hypocritical they are.

It’s not about changing their minds – that might be nice but it’s almost certainly not going to happen. It’s about setting the narrative and informing the centrist and/or less informed and involved people about the true nature of the left.

The left is full of Figjams – Frak I’m Good Just Ask Me. Unless the center has that narrative challenged, they will probably take it as read.

Peter Davis March 5, 2012 at 3:10 am

 I sat down in front of my casting furnace and turned about twelve pounds of lead alloy ingots into bullets with my assorted two and six cavity bullet moulds.  I fear that your wave of love will eventually need to be backed up with rifles.

 The wave of hate from the left has always led to a wave of death, wheter the Giullotine of Paris, the Gulags of Stalin, the camps of Hitler, the killing Fields of Cambodia or the mindless slaughters of Africa. The left is working up to a new Kristalnacht and love isn’t the answer. I wish it were but history says different.

Cynthia Yockey March 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

The love is directed at our own heroes and champions. The more #waveoflove tweets we can send to them when they are under attack, the more we can fill their hearts with courage and a sense of connection.
You are correct, totalitarians tread more carefully when their intended victims are crack shots who are armed to the teeth. 
But on Twitter we are dealing with emotional attacks, so a tactic that addresses emotions is appropriate. 

MathMom March 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Cynthia –  Not only is this a wonderful idea, but it is suddenly necessary to fight back against some vile person who has a twitter account mocking Breitbart’s wife.  This needs to stop.  Read about the situation at Gateway Pundit.

Valerie March 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Twitter is not my thing (yet) but I’ll put my money where my mouth is, for a fine idea.


Bill Butler March 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Are you actually suggesting that  Andrew Breitbart was so frail that tweets gave him a heart attack? Not sure you’re doing his memory any favors here.

Abe Igpu March 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

We must think of Andrew as a starfish.  He has not been cut off, but his brilliance is regenerating and manifesting itself in starbursts of warriors armed and ready to carry on and hoist his banner, like Ben Shapiro and Joel Pollack.  

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