I know I said I would post Part 2 “tomorrow”, and I am just now getting around to it…it seems researching, sorting out my thoughts, and then being sick for a couple of days has had me otherwise preoccupied…but I’m back now…I start with this premise…
“… the community organizer … must first rub raw the resentments of the people; fan the latent hostilities to the point of overt expression.’
– Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
(For a bit of trivia, Alinsky dedicated his book, Rules for Radicals “… to the very first radical . . . who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”)
Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals is written by the man who is commonly considered the “father of modern American radicalism, Saul Alinsky. Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton are lifelong followers of Saul Alinsky and they use his tactics and ideology, with Obama even teaching workshops on it. His book and its principles are used for training “community organizers”. In 1969 at Wellesley College, Hillary wrote her thesis titled, “There is Only The Fight–An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” Read more about this here.
“(Barack) Obama worked in the organizing tradition of Saul Alinsky, who made Chicago the birthplace of modern community organizing….”— The Nation
Ok, now back to Heather Higgins’ column titled “Obama’s Schadenfreude” referenced in the previous post. She says and I quote: “The mentality inherent in “social justice” activism is also revealing. Created by radical leftist and union organizer Saul Alinsky, community organizing tends to eschew the hard work of helping individual lives with such boring bourgeois approaches as better education, development of job skills, encouragement of marriage, and the engagement of fathers in their children’s lives. Instead, social justice is about co-opting existing institutions and instilling collective grievance and victimhood (emphasis mine). Practitioners of “social justice” encourage beliefs as that if the utility bills are too high it’s because “the system” is deliberately oppressive, or if there’s not more employment of members of the community it’s because employers are racist.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. The victim stays the victim by continuing to foist blame on others and putting pressure on THEM to change….this is the job of the community organizer.
Saul Alinsky has this to say about the concept of revolution: “There’s another reason for working inside the system. (He means the two party electoral system.) Dostoevski said that ‘taking a new step… is what people fear most.’ Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families – more than seventy million people – whose income range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year [in 1971]. They cannot be dismissed by labeling them blue collar or hard hat. They will not continue to be relatively passive and slightly challenging. If we fail to communicate with them, if we don’t encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right. Maybe they will anyway, but let’s not let it happen by default.”
Making the Case
What I’m attempting to do here is make the case for who Saul Alinsky is, what his belief system was, and what effect his teachings and association have had and continue to have on the character and behavior of the new President. I do think we are currently watching all that Mr. Alinsky hoped for coming to pass, especially this week. The enormous stimulous package has been passed, more TARP funds being used and now, the next phase, which is the budget, with all of its big government programs , health care, cap and trade, etc. knocking at our door. Is this a revolution? It certainly is looking that way. This is Obama’s War on America. Stay tuned for more of my “case” in the upcoming days. I’d like to hear from anyone who is now regretting their vote for him.
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said...read about this statement from the former candidate here.