By Gary Starr for the Neville Awards August 4, 2009
Like all Leftists, Saul D. Alinsky, the godfather of community organizing, was a malcontent, jealous of success, and was endlessly wringing his hands over the "war" between the Haves and the Have Nots.
His seminal book Rules for Radicals is the justification for not working and stealing the hard work of others. Alinsky wants to ruin the middle class and the rich…he wants what you have worked for. You are the enemy. Rules for Radicals is the low rent version of Sun Tsu's Art of War.
In the chapter on Tactics Alinksy writes the following:
Tactics means doing what you can with what you have. In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give. Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have Nots can take power away from the Haves.
Alinsky then details thirteen rules to essentially steal what has been created by the so called Haves:
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
Never go outside the experience of your people.
Wherever possible go outside the experience of the enemy.
Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.
Ridicule is man's most potent weapon.
A good tactic is the one that your people enjoy.
A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.
Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions…
The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.
The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
Pick the target. Freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
The two most widely practices rules are number five and number thirteen…and they are usually practiced in concert.
You have seen the tactics employed over and over and probably not realized you were seeing Alinsky rules in action.
The endless attacks on Sarah Palin (which continue today) were highly coordinated even though there were no "Let's Destroy Sarah" meetings of liberal writers, journalists, publishers and late night comedians. There was no secret cabal or conspiracy. There didn't have to be. Alinsky has infected the liberal DNA. The message is disseminated and the unsuspecting non-radical Democrat picks it up and starts spouting it like a trained monkey.
Palin never said she could "see Russia from her house"…that was a joke on Saturday Night Live by Tina Fey. But it became so much a part of the narrative that even politicians and the day to day voter, to this day, believe she said it.
When the evil AIG executives, who received those "outrageous" bonuses, were picketed at their homes, an action organized by ACORN and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), that was Rule #13 in action.
When the Tea Parties are ignored and/or ridiculed by the liberal press and the Democrats, in spite of the fact that the numbers are growing, that is Rule #5 in action. Tea Party attendees are characterized as wild eyed racists, Tea Baggers, and of course, out of touch with the mainstream.
The most recent issue is the backlash to Obamacare. The leftists and Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs are accusing Republicans of being in league with the insurance companies. They also accuse Republicans of bussing in conservative 'activists' to the August 2009 recess townhalls to 'organize and manufacture anger' against the good Congressman trying to explain Obamacare . They characterize the protesters as instruments of the Republican Party, belligerent, wild eyed racists and out of touch with the mainstream. This is pure projection by the Leftists as bussing in activists for a street protest is a classic Leftist and union tactic. Rule #5 and #13 in action.
Consider this bit of Big Lie propaganda from the Democratic National Comittee on August 4, 2009:
Statement from DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse on the Republican Party and Allied Groups’ Mob Rule:
The Republicans and their allied groups – desperate after losing two consecutive elections and every major policy fight on Capitol Hill – are inciting angry mobs of a small number of rabid right wing extremists funded by K Street Lobbyists to disrupt thoughtful discussions about the future of health care in America taking place in Congressional Districts across the country.
However, much like we saw at the McCain-Palin rallies last year where crowds were baited with cries of 'socialist,' 'communist,' and where the birthers movement was born – these mobs of extremists are not interested in having a thoughtful discussion about the issues – but like some Republican leaders have said – they are interested in ‘breaking’ the President and destroying his Presidency.
These mobs are bussed in by well funded, highly organized groups run by Republican operatives and funded by the special interests who are desperately trying to stop the agenda for change the President was elected to bring to Washington. Despite the headline grabbing nature of these angry mobs and their disruptions of events, they are not reflective of where the American people are on the issues – or the hundreds of thousands of thoughtful discussions taking place around kitchen tables, water coolers and in homes.
The right wing extremists’ use of things like devil horns on pictures of our elected officials, hanging members of Congress in effigy, breathlessly questioning the President's citizenship and the use of Nazi SS symbols and the like just shows how outside of the mainstream the Republican Party and their allies are. This type of anger and discord did not serve Republicans well in 2008 – and it is bound to backfire again.
Amazing. Does the White House and the Dems have proof that the people who asked questions were bought and paid for? Unlikely. Conservatives don't have an ACORN like group of thugs organizing for them. We are perfectly capable of thinking for ourselves.
In response to the 'angry mobs' that dared to ask questions of their representatives at townhall meetings Obama called out the Organizing for America drones -- SEIU and ACORN.
Senior White House adviser David Axelrod and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina told senators to focus on the insured and how they would benefit from "consumer protections" in the overhaul, such as ending the practice of denying insurance based on preexisting conditions and ensuring the continuity of coverage between jobs.
"If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard," Messina said, according to an official who attended the meeting.
Obama to the opposition -- sit down and shut up!! The Chicago Way...Alinsky style intimidation...Rule #9
Obama: "But I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking."
The folks demanding President Obama's birth certificate, academic record and health records be released are known as the "birthers." Initially ignored by the press, the call for release of these documents has become loud enough that it can no longer be ignored. How did the White House handle it? A little ridicule goes a long way. At a daily briefing one of the White House press corps automatons asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs how long the controversy could be ignored. Gibbs chuckled and replied he didn't know. He then proceeded to ridicule the whole notion of a birth certificate issue.
As if on cue the story, magically, took on a life of it's own. Venues like Meet the Press and Chris Matthews' Hardball picked up the ball and ran with it, the message uniformly being that this is a desperate red herring cooked up by the Republican National Committee, Fox News and conservative talk radio. Chris Matthews and his panel, NBC's Norah O'Donnell, Newsweek's Howard Fineman, the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson and AP Correspondent Jennifer Loven (where are the conservative panelists?) linked Rush Limbaugh and the GOP to the birther's movement and accused them of playing racial politics…the Liberal attack and ridicule narrative starting to take shape.
CNN's Lou Dobbs, who has been hammering the birther story calling for the President to release his records, has become the focus of the Leftist attacks with calls for him to be fired.
The truth is none of the conservative outlets have been promoting this story. If anything they have been distancing themselves from the birthers. Nevertheless, the liberal narrative is that it is the Republicans who are pushing the birth certificate issue. It's actually the liberals who are pushing the story. Without a question posed at a news conference as a "call to action" no one would be talking about this. It is the Liberal's big chance to paint Conservatives as fringe whack-jobs. Rule #5 and #13 in action.
The tactic could backfire this time. Enter Rule #7….dragging on a tactic too long. Most normal folks never heard of the birth certificate issue. By drawing attention to it, by going mainstream, people in general may start asking about the birth certificate. In any case, the handling of the birther issue is standard issue Alinsky.
'Wild Eyed Racists' attending Health Care Town Halls in Philly and NY
The Tim Bishop (D) NY Variety Pack:
The Kathleen Sebelius and Arlen Spector (fake D) Pennsylvania Variety Pack August 2, 2009