Michelle Obama has delivered some rousing statements at the Democratic National Convention, where delegates are expected later this week to nominate her husband, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, to be president.
But a blogger is pointing out that the statements appear to have been drawn from “Rules for Radicals,” a book by dedicated socialist Saul Alinsky.
“What to make of Michelle Obama’s use [of] the terms, ‘The world as it is’ and ‘The world as it should be?’” wrote the Gateway Pundit today. “Try Chapter 2 of Saul Alinksy’s book, ‘Rules for Radicals.’”
“In last night’s speech, Michelle Obama said something that [piqued] my curiosity,” the blogger noted. “She said, ‘Barack stood up that day,’ talking about a visit to Chicago neighborhoods, ‘and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘The world as it is’ and ‘The world as it should be…’”
“And, ‘All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won’t do – that
we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be,” the blogger wrote.
Chapter 2 of Alinsky’s book says: “The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.”
Taking up pursuit of the slogans, another blogger, at Riehlworldview, noted she probably got the phrases from her husband, since he was hired by Jerry Kellman at one point early in his career. Kellman was an Alinsky protégé, the blogger said.
“After college Obama moved to Chicago to be part of the Jerry Kellman organization as a community organizer. … Among the primary goals of Alinsky was radical socialism and redistribution of wealth. Alinsky taught his proteges to ‘HIDE’ their true goals by any means necessary. Lying was fine. The objective of Alinsky and Kellman was to turn people against the white establishment,” the blogger said.
Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh said the issue is that Americans with a vested interested in their nation remaining the kind of country it was as founded – “with the rule of law and individual freedom and liberty, pursuit of happiness, all of these things, capitalism, free markets” – know those rights are “under assault by an entire political party and a class, a political class of leftists who are everywhere, including in the Drive-By Media.”
“They seek power to deny others liberty. They may think they’re doing it all for the common good, but they pose a great threat to me for the future of this country as we know it and as you would like for it to remain for your kids and your grandkids, and their kids and grandkids,” Limbaugh said.
“So we have a candidate who no sane political party would dare nominate a guy like this. I’m not talking about anything other than he has no experience, he’s got no achievements, but his associations with genuine America-hating radicals occasionally cause him to say things that lead me to believe he’s bought into a lot of what he’s heard. I think he’s bought into it, and I think he repeats it. I think he is the formation of an indoctrination that has occurred to him his whole life, and now he seeks the presidency,” Limbaugh said.
“These associations and these ideas, the lack of specificity from this guy. All we have is what we know, and what we know is not flattering. So I think it’s imperative that all of these things be spoken so as you can be informed, and people understand that this is not about image, it’s not about hope, it’s not about change, it’s not about all these meaningless, vapid nothings. Presidential elections matter greatly, and this one does, too. If we end up with the wrong group of people running this country from the top down, it’s going to take years to straighten it out and fix it,” he said.
On the Gateway Pundit’s comment page, one contributor said, “Is this really a surprise? We know the Obamas are radicals, it makes sense they would quote from radicals.”