Saul Alinsky lives on as Obama, Reid, Holder, Clinton et al follow his ‘Rules for Radicals’ line by destructive line.

April 9, 2014

Some rules are better left not followed, but don’t tell that to the likes of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, or Hillary Clinton.  They and the rest of their buds and babes hanging out on the wing of the political left have gone “all in” on following to the letter community organizer Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”.

The book of Exodus tells of a man named Moses and his delivering unto the Jewish people two stone tablets containing nothing less than the literal word of God.

Centuries later a German blacksmith invented moveable type and along with his namesake Gutenberg Bible gave the world its first form of mass communication.

And five hundred years after Gutenberg, the modern political left’s version of Moses, 20th century community organizer Saul Alinsky delivered unto his disciples a book of commandments titled Rules for Radicals.

Proudly dedicating his book to:  “…the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer”, Alinsky laid out in no uncertain terms what was required of his flock:  “‘The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems,…The organizer ‘must first rub raw the resentments of the people… fan the latent hostilities…He must search out controversy and issues. . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent.’”

Now consider some of Alinsky’s most damaging rules as deployed by those who occupy the farthest left side of the political aisle today.

“Keep the pressure on. Never let up”

Remember President Obama’s “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone… And I can use that pen…and take executive actions…”?  Selective immigration law enforcement, new mandates for federal contractors, and a river of regulations slamming against the flood gates of common sense from his Environmental Protection Agency just a few examples of how apt an Alinsky pupil our President.

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon”

Professor Richard Tol is the target of a smear campaign for nothing more than requesting his name be removed from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report because he feels it exaggerates the economic impact of climate change, and Brendan Eich being forced out as CEO of Mozilla for donating a 1,000 dollars in 2008 supporting the same view of traditional marriage that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton publicly held at that time are just two recent examples of this rule running at full throttle.

So in love with it are some that on Howard Kurtz’s Sunday Media Buzz program, blogger and gay rights activist John Aravosis actually equated Mr. Eich’s donation with that of a Holocaust denier.  Yes, THAT Holocaust.  (But to be fair to Mr. Aravosis, the “settled science” crowd has been throwing the label at skeptics for years now.)

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it”

If Harry Reid’s fanatical obsession with Charles and David Koch continues to ooze from the Senate floor it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to wake up one day and read that Koch Industries is moving to Belize.

“If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive”

Remember George Stephanopoulos throwing out the contraception debate question that launched the “war” on women meme? Remember Harry Reid claiming Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes? Remember when the Obama supporting PAC, Priorities USA Action, ran an ad that implied Mr. Romney was responsible for a woman’s death?

The Obama campaign got its desired re-election positive, but at what cost the societal negatives?  Costs accumulating daily with no end in sight.

Kieth Koffler, publisher of wrote at the time:

  “…What’s spooky is the depths to which these people will go to maintain power. It suggests a lust for power and a willingness to do anything to preserve it that should frighten Americans…”

Frighten indeed; unless of course you like Alinsky, then it’s just another day in the classroom.

A version of this column first appeared in the April 9, 2014 edition of the Joplin Globe.

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