More Radical Lessons from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, Part 2

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Saul Alinsky

This is Part-2 of my 3-Part series on Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.

Alinsky Part 1

Alinsky Part 3

Alinsky Infographic

What is an Organizer? Alinsky writes that “The organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach-to create, to be a “great creator, to play God.”

“The function of an organizer is to raise questions that agitate”

“He is challenging, insulting, agitating, discrediting. He stirs unrest, dissatisfaction and discontent.”

“The job of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a “dangerous enemy”.”

Given Alinsky’s own words, it isn’t hard to see why so many on the left considered then Senator Obama a savior. As a self-professed professional “community organizer”, an Alinsky acolyte, Obama was, in leftist circles, literally a “great creator”.

Alinsky teaches that there are three types/groups of people in the world (Alinsky’s Words in Bold and Italics):

The Have-Nots” Democrats exploit this group of Americans the most, advancing progressive policies designed to make and keep them dependent upon government. Minorities, women and children top their list.

“The Have-a Little, Want-Mores” This group of Americans is basically the middle class.

“The Haves” During the Obama administration Democrats branded these Americans as the “1%”. President Obama himself seems to believe that you become the 1% when your income grows to $250K/year. Most of the Democrat Political leadership (Clintons, Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Deblasio, Gore, etc.) is extremely wealthy, as are their donors (George Soros, Hollywood Actors/Actresses/Directors, Union Bosses, etc.). As shown in my previous Alinsky post, there is no such thing as hypocrisy to Alinskyites.

Look for progressive policies couched in these three groups. It’s essential that they be pitted against one another, agitated, insulted, discredited and stirred up for the organizer to move his/her agenda. Division, not unity, is Alinsky’s calling card.

COMPROMISE: The clarion call of the progressive, and an essential component to a successful radical. How often do we hear politicians, in both parties, talking about compromise, as if that is the only thing that matters. Compromising where one’s principles must be abandoned, one’s security is diminished, or one’s country weakened, isn’t a good deal at all. Obama’s Iranian negotiations stand as a prime example.

“to the organizer, compromise is a key and beautiful word. If you start with nothing, demand 100 per cent, then compromise for 30 per cent, you’re 30 per cent ahead.”

CONFLICT:

“Conflict is the essential core of a free and open society.” Alinsky teaches how to create it. Ferguson, MO is a case study in how it’s done, and how devastating its effects can be.

“Before men can act an issue must be polarized. Men will act when they are convinced that their cause is 100 per cent on the side of the angels and that the opposition are 100 per cent on the side of the devil. He knows that there can be no action until issues are polarized to this degree.”

My final blog in this Alinsky series will contain the specific tactics Alinsky teaches organizers to employ.

The Community Organizer President

P1030865There’s been a considerable amount of discussion recently regarding President Obama’s lack of leadership and engagement on significant issues across the political spectrum. There’s been all sorts of speculation as to why he appears so disengaged. We’ve seen plenty of discussion about his management style, where he finds out about an issue that in all rights he should know about, comes to the media in feigned outrage, swears that heads will roll, and that the problem will get solved. There shouldn’t be any confusion or controversy at all.

All of us are products of our upbringings and work experiences and the qualifications that President Obama brought to the table were those of a community organizer. His reactions to events are precisely what we should expect from someone who’s claim to fame was organizing members of a community to rise up in anger when confronted with a problem in their local area. President Obama acts the exact same way as the POTUS.

He doesn’t lead. He waits for opportunities and crises to present themselves. He then reacts as he’s been trained, with anger and condemnation toward those responsible. Forget the fact that he’s been leading the Federal government for over 6 years. Just as a community organizer would seek the scalps of those responsible, so does President Obama seek the scalps of those in government…at least initially. Where the Obama model completely breaks down, while doing tremendous harm to our country, is that a community organizer never really solves problems. They only organize outrage and stir up sentiment. They expect others to solve the problems, the inequalities, and the injustices as they call them out.

Pres. Obama is totally ill-equipped to lead any organization. He has no experience anticipating problems, heading them off or solving them, and after a term and a half proved that he refuses to learn how. There’s no mystery in what we got in Barack Obama. We elected a community organizer president!

Update:

NY Mayor DeBlasio pushing Psudo Socialist/Communist Party USA Platform for Democrats in 2016.