In the Prologue to “Rules for Radicals,” Saul Alinsky expressed his contempt for “the Weathermen and their like,” pointing out that there are no rules for revolution, but there are “rules for radicals who want to change the world.”
He believed in “a pragmatic attack on the system,” and pointed out that the rules one follows make “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one who uses tired old words and slogans” – e.g., “pig” (for police), “white fascist racist” and “motherf—–.” He felt that by acting in such a stereotypical fashion, young radicals only succeeded in turning people off.
Alinsky then went on to explain that it was of critical importance for the young activist to “communicate within the experience of his audience” – which, he said, specifically ruled out attacks on the American flag. Clearly, Alinsky would have seen Obama as a model radical – smooth-talking, non-threatening, even wearing an American flag pin on his lapel during the presidential campaign after people became upset with him for refusing to do so.
Alinsky made a special point of saying that if the real radical finds that having long hair sets up psychological barriers to communication and organization, he cuts his hair. Again, a picture of clean-cut Obama comes to mind – nary a dreadlock to be found on his radical head.
Perhaps one of the most important clues Alinsky gave us to the coming of BHO and the modern progressives was when he said:
“As an organizer, I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in [my emphasis] the system.”
Again, Alinksy pragmatism at its best – and I certainly agree with him. I have long emphasized the importance of maintaining an accurate perception of reality. Reality isn’t the way you wish things to be; it’s the way they actually are. The way you wish things to be can be your goal, but to reach that goal you have to start by dealing with today’s reality.
Obama dutifully followed the Alinksy model as a community organizer, working his way up through the system, ultimately leading him into the stench of politics. Politics is what brought the enemy inside the gates, eventually leading to his being briefed on the most high-level U.S. security secrets. Was I the only one to cringe when the gracious George Bush showed him around the White House and handed him the keys to the U.S.?
Sadly, a large percentage of Americans still have no clue and simply see Obama’s radical agenda to fundamentally transform the U.S. as “not being up to the task” or simply “lacking experience.” These include the many supposedly conservative commentators who continue to say things like, “I just can’t understand why he would do something like that if he knows the American public is against it.” These are the ghosts of people past – people who, throughout history, have insisted, “It could never happen here.”
Clearly, Alinsky had the right rules. It’s just that they were intended and used for the wrong agenda. But the guy was good at his craft. Even iconic conservative William F. Buckley Jr. described Alinsky as “very close to being an organizational genius.” Never confuse genius or stupidity with good or evil. As history has repeatedly shown, a brilliant person can have immoral objectives.
“Rules for Radicals”:
“Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.”
Millions of people are in financial pain as a result of government’s corruption, illegal spending programs and regulation of the economy that they are willing to “chance the future” (read, “change you can believe in”). Again, Obama is not the Antichrist. He is simply the right community organizer in the right place at the right time.
He is slick; he is shameless; he is soulless – all ideal qualities for a community organizer with a huge agenda. It is his mission to take the ball over the capitalist’s goal line and score the winning touchdown for socialism.
Now, with more than half the country against him, he must resort to bribery, threats and any other means necessary to get the ball across the goal line before a massive number of his congressional partners in crime are thrown out of office in less than a year.
“Rules for Radicals”:
“To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 percent of American families … whose incomes range from $5,000 to $10,000 a year. [Remember, this was 1971.] … If we fail to communicate with them, if we don’t encourage them to form alliances with us, they will move to the right.”
You simply can’t gain and maintain power without the support of the middle and lower classes – particularly without the so-called independent voters (i.e., those who do not harbor any hard and fast philosophical beliefs). The socialists lost this group under Reagan, then again under George W. Bush.
What Alinsky’s well-groomed Chicago disciple managed to do to regain the White House was anesthetize enough middle-class and lower-class voters to ignore his track record in government, his radical associations and his constant contradictions of his previously recorded statements. And, above all, buy into The Great Obama Lie: that he is a patriotic, middle-of-the-road American. Hmm … something about getting the government we deserve comes to mind here.
Next: Saul Alinsky pays a sincere tribute to the openness of U.S. society and acknowledges it as a big advantage that the radical would not have in places such as Russia, China, or Cuba.