Written on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by Ann-Marie Murrell
Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are so deeply ingrained in the Democrat Party that it’s difficult to tell where Alinsky begins and people like Barack Obama end. They are, basically, one and the same.
To prove this point, Saul Alinsky’s son L. David Alinsky wrote a letter for the Obama campaign in 2008.
“Obama learned his lesson well,” L. David Alinsky wrote. “I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.”
Barack Obama began his Alinsky worship very early in his career. According to a study on Alinsky, “in 1985 Obama began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project.”
Obama spent his entire youth taking classes and later teaching workshops on Alinsky’s methods. He worked hard to follow Alinsky’s rule of “blending in”.
“True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism,” Alinsky writes. The trick is to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties.
Apparently Barack hadn’t quite mastered the ‘blending in’ part when he was trying to build coalitions of black churches in Chicago—aka “penetrate the church from within”. It was learned that Obama himself didn’t attend church—so he became an instant churchgoer.
Obama also helped fund the The Woods Fund, a nonprofit community-organizing group on which Obama served as paid director from 1999 to December 2002. On the board with Obama at the Woods Fund was William Ayers, the founder and terrorist of the Weather Underground. The Woods Fund provided funding for yet another community organizing group, Midwest Academy.
Midwest describes itself as ‘one of the nation’s oldest and best-known schools for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change.’ Like the Woods Fund, the Midwest Academy teaches Alinsky tactics of community organizing.
In a July 2008 speech, then-Senator Obama was nearly 17 minutes into his speech in Colorado Springs, Colorado when he deviated from his pre-released teleprompter script and launched into a community organizing lecture:
We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
What the heck did he mean by that? The fact that Obama recently signed an executive order giving himself power in case of “peacetime martial law” is more than a little troubling, being that one of Alinsky’s rules is to cause civil disobedience. But I digress…
So folks, it’s not like they’re trying to hide their agenda–they’ve given us their entire game plan and it’s all within the pages of Alinsky’s book.
In my opinion, each of us should continuously study Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and remain on our toes in recognizing Alinsky-like strategies when we see them. And since I really don’t want you to have to spend your hard-earned money on a Saul Alinsky book, following are some of the key Community Organizing tactics you need to be aware of (since the democrats are using these in full-force as we speak):
1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat…. [and] the collapse of communication.
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”
8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”
11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.”
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…any target can always say, ‘Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?’ When you ‘freeze the target,’ you disregard these [rational but distracting] arguments…. Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target…’
“One acts decisively only in the conviction that all the angels are on one side and all the devils on the other.” (pps.127-134)
To summarize, here are my own basic rules for dealing with Alinsky-like tactics.
Conservative Rule #1: Remember always that Progressives DO NOT PLAY BY ANY “RULES” WE GREW UP WITH!
They believe this is a war to end capitalism and Republicanism and every ‘ism’ we believe in–so fighting fair doesn’t apply to them. They will lie, cheat and/or steal to get their message across. Alinsky himself wrote, “Some of these tactics are ruthless but they work” and according to a Rules for Radicals website, Alinsky’s second chapter, called Of Means and Ends, “craftily poses many difficult moral dilemmas, and his ‘tenth rule of the ethics of means and ends’ is: ‘you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral arguments.’ He doesn’t ignore traditional moral standards or dismiss them as unnecessary. He is much more devious; he teaches his followers that ‘Moral rationalization is indispensable at all times of action whether to justify the selection or the use of ends or means.’…”
Conservative Rule #2: Keep an eye out for Alinsky stereotypes (like Bill Maher, Barack Obama etc.).
The qualities Alinsky looked for in a good organizer were:
Ego (“reaching for the highest level for which man can reach — to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God”),
Curiosity (raising “questions that agitate, that break through the accepted pattern”),
Irreverence (“nothing is sacred”; the organizer “detests dogma, defies any finite definition of morality”),
Imagination (“the fuel for the force that keeps an organizer organizing”),
A sense of humor (“the most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule“), and an organized personality with confidence in presenting the right reason for his actions only “as a moral rationalization after the right end has been achieved.’…
Conservative Rule #3: Watch Alinsky-driven RED FLAGS in the Mainstream Media
One of the biggest Alinsky moves currently in the media today is the Trayvon Martin story (or rather non-story). The Left/Media is working overtime to stir up racism and feelings of White Guilt. Rules for Radicals explains this tactic:
‘The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems,’ and ‘organizations must be based on many issues.’ The organizer ‘must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.’
So stay on your toes. If you notice any type of ‘human interest story’ that is getting an unreasonable amount of attention on TV, go to the Internet and check out the headline in Breitbart.com or the Drudge Report. Find out what’s REALLY happening in the world—and not the made-up world the Left wants you to think is real.