The Curse Of Saul Alinsky...

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    Great article from Yates Walker.


    In recent months, pundits from across the political spectrum have reached a consensus: Obama has lost his mojo. Even Chris Matthews forlornly admits that the thrill is gone. There’s distress on the left and confusion on the right concerning our president’s struggle to strike a chord that resonates with anyone. Obama seems to have misplaced his once-superhuman ability to connect, to uplift, to electrify, to rally the people toward a righteous common cause.

    In defense of the president, the criticism is unfair. He never really had that ability.

    Sure, the Barack of yore could occasionally deliver a line (though never extemporaneously). Once upon a campaign, Obama’s words soared off the stage, making knees go weak among his fervent, fainting followers. But campaigns are often personality cults — especially Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. One could argue that the fainting episodes said more about the candidate’s uncritical, smitten admirers than it did about the candidate himself. Making grand promises and repeating slogans on the campaign stump hardly makes Obama a great (or even a unique) speaker. A truly great speaker moves minds, changes thought or, to put it in capitalistic terms, sells.

    By the nature of the office, every American president is a salesman. For any ambitious program to be successful, the president must first sell it to the American people. He must unite a majority behind it. This is a hard truth to face for our dear leader. In three years, despite his vast ambitions, Obama has failed to make a sale.

    He can blame Saul Alinsky.

    On my first day in my first job as a conservative activist, I was handed a copy of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” It was given in part as a how-to manual for organizing political operations and galvanizing public support, but it was also given to show us what we were up against. Alinsky was a left-wing radical from Chicago who spent his life shaking down businesses and politicians. He is the godfather of community organizing in North America, and he remains a secular saint among progressives, spawning legions of disciples, including Barack Obama.

    “Rules for Radicals” is dedicated to Lucifer, who is praised by Alinsky, both for being “the first radical” and for winning himself a kingdom. In it, Alinsky condemns the state of the modern world, blames capitalism, boasts about his past rabble-rousing successes, then explains in detail several ways to turn citizens against each other to achieve political goals. The substance is mostly amoral, often immoral, advice on how to change public sentiment. It is essentially an instruction guide on how to foment strife, turning neighbor against neighbor until the innately civilized desire to compromise forces a political opponent to acquiesce.

    Reading “Rules for Radicals” will depress you. Alinsky took an extremely dim view of his fellow man. He had little use for individuality. He had no compunction in using a political target’s virtue to subvert his or her values. And he actively promoted dishonesty. Understanding that his tactics might be difficult for anyone with a conscience to stomach, Alinsky offered this helpful tidbit: “Moral rationalization is indispensable at all times of action whether to justify the selection or the use of ends or means.”


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    Alinsky was a Russian Jew,

    in other words, a ready made conservative boogie man.
     
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    Actually, you on the Left are far more hostile & Antisemitic than Conservatives are. And Saul Alinsky was above-all a Marxist Community Organizer. You want to pretend he was something else, than so be it. But it is what it is.
     
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    Our local CBS affiliate out of Tampa had an online story:
    "Who is Saul Alinsky and why is Newt Gingrich mentioning him so often?"

    :lol:

    I had to leave a comment on their FB page:

    If you're just hearing about Alinsky, you haven't been paying attention for the past 4 years



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    hes dead.

    he helped poor and black people organize to protect their rights.

    No wonder the right hates him
     
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    Legacy

    The documentary The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy,[11] states that "Alinsky championed new ways to organize the poor and powerless that created a backyard revolution in cities across America." Alinsky formed the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in 1940, and Edward T. Chambers became its Executive Director after Alinsky died. Since the IAF's formation, hundreds of professional community and labor organizers and thousands of community and labor leaders have attended its workshops. Fred Ross, who worked for Alinsky, was the principal mentor for Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Other organizations following in the tradition of the Congregation-based Community Organizing pioneered by IAF include PICO National Network, Gamaliel Foundation, and Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART).[12][13] Hillary Clinton's senior honors thesis on Saul Alinsky, written at Wellesley College, noted that Alinsky's personal efforts were a large part of his method.[14]

    Several prominent American leaders have been influenced by Alinsky's teachings,[13] including Ed Chambers,[11] Tom Gaudette, Ernesto Cortes, Michael Gecan, Wade Rathke,[15] and Patrick Crowley.[16] Alinsky is often credited with laying the foundation for the grassroots political organizing that dominated the 1960s.[11] Jack Newfield writing in New York magazine included Alinsky among "the purest Avatars of the populist movement," along with Ralph Nader, Cesar Chavez, and Jesse Jackson.[17]

    Biographer Sanford Horwitt has claimed that U.S. President Barack Obama was influenced by Alinsky and followed in his footsteps as a Chicago-based community organizer. Horwitt furthermore has asserted that Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was influenced by Alinsky's teachings.[18]

    Adam Brandon, a spokesman for the conservative non-profit organization FreedomWorks, which is one of several groups involved in organizing Tea Party protests, says the group gives Alinsky's Rules for Radicals to its top leadership members. A shortened guide called Rules for Patriots is distributed to its entire network. In a January 2012 story that appeared in The Wall Street Journal, citing the organization's tactic of sending activists to town-hall meetings, Brandon explained, "his tactics when it comes to grass-roots organizing are incredibly effective." Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey also gives copies of Alinsky's book Rules for Radicals to Tea Party leaders.[19]

    In 1969, he was awarded the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

    Alinsky died of a sudden, massive heart attack in 1972, on a street corner in Carmel, California, at the age of 63.
     
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    Sounds like a book your kind would ban or burn. I must make time to read it someday.
     

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