"Jū" can be translated to mean "gentle, soft, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jutsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force.
Yes indeed this is how it's being done. The Washington establishment is using the values of it's own constituency against them to maintain power. All of the parties are doing this with wedge issues that divide and conquer the polity. Pick a wedge issue and watch what's going on. The net effect is to deflect attention away from the degree of corruption of both parties.