Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He is a professor of Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, and Contracts at the National Paralegal College, a counselor at the American College of Education, and a founding board member of Salt and Light Global. Washington is a co-host of "Joshua's Trial," a radio show of Christian conservative thought. A graduate of JohnMore ↓Less ↑
Saul Alinsky (1909-1972)
The Alinksy radical has a single principle – to take power from the Haves and give it to the Have-nots. What this amounts to in practice is a political nihilism – a destructive assault on the established order in the name of the “people” (who, in the fashion common to dictators, are designated as such by the revolutionary elite).
~ David Horowitz
It is impossible to properly understand President Obama and what animates his treasonous policies unless one properly understands those who taught him, inspired him and the tactics he has adopted to contemporary Democratic Party politics with singular efficiency and fanaticism, including: Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Lenin, Al Capone, Alinsky and Castro, among many other villains of history. In today’s column, I will focus on the nihilist ideas of Saul Alinsky of whom a Students for a Democratic Society radical wrote, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.” In other words, systematically lie in the short term to achieve your long-term revolutionary goals of societal deconstruction.
Horowitz wrote that Alinsky devoted “his entire life to organizing a revolution in America to destroy a system he regarded as oppressive and unjust.” Both Obama and Hillary Clinton are protégées of Alinsky. When Obama said on election eve 2008, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” he wanted to bring Alinsky’s nihilist nightmare to the heart of America. Every appointee, every policy, every executive order, every bill he presents to Congress has the singular goal of enslaving people to government, establishing the Democratic Party for eternity by destroying God, American exceptionalism, freedom and all opposition.
The moment you believe or give credence to anything Obama (or any communist, progressive socialist, for that matter) says, you have fallen into his trap, lost the argument and are now an unwitting participant in helping him achieve his evil goals of burning to the ground all of America’s civil institutions by bankrupting the people – both in a metaphorical and actual sense.
In his 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals,” Alinsky says in RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. By “polarize” Alinsky means to “Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)” Therefore, the only way to achieve Alinsky’s anti-American goals is to lie about everything you stand for. That’s why he dedicated his book to Lucifer (Satan) whom the Bible says “is a liar and the father of lies.”
Dutifully following the Alinsky model of chaos-anarchy-nihilism and psychological projection (assigning your true evil motives to your enemies), Obama’s policies have purposely exacerbated our economic crisis to Great Depression levels and has started America toward a Marxist, European-style health-care system. In Obama’s nearly three years in office, America’s national poverty has reached record levels (46.2 million), and America’s GDP and economic growth are at anemic or negative levels. This alone has already made his presidency one of the most polarizing in history.
I challenge anyone to search the archives of American chief executives from George Washington to George W. Bush, and I guarantee you that there is no other president so incompetent, arrogant, a hater of his own country and a pathological liar than Barack Hussein Obama. The Germans call it “Schadenfreude”; Obama actually derives a perverse sense of pleasure in America’s suffering. The more America suffers the better Obama and his Alinsky disciples feel.
David Horowitz wrote that, coming of age in the 1930s, Alinsky was drawn to the world of Chicago gangsters like a moth to the flame and, in his professional capacity as a sociologist, on repeated occasions socialized with them. He became a willing public acquaintance of Frank Nitti, the infamous mob enforcer of Al Capone who succeeded as boss when Capone was eventually sent to Alcatraz federal prison for tax evasion charges in 1931. Recalling those times with fondness, Alinsky would later write, “[Nitti] took me under his wing. I called him the Professor, and I became his student.”
Like Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Robespierre and Lenin before him, Alinsky would deify the brutish, wicked and primitive members of society while impugning the virtuous, remarkable and law-abiding. Alinsky’s associations with murderous mafia thugs did not mean he was unaware of the facts that criminals were dangerous, but like his intellectual forefathers before him, following the zeitgeist of the progressive revolution and being a doctrinaire leftist, he held “society,” America and capitalism solely responsible for existential class inequities. In Alinsky’s view, which the Democratic Party follows to this day, criminality was not a character problem but a consequence of the social environment, in particular the structure of private property and individual rights, which radicals like him were determined to change.
Truth was not only relative to Alinsky, it was irrelevant. Alinsky wrote, “An organizer working in and for an open society is in an ideological dilemma to begin with, he does not have a fixed truth – truth to him is relative and changing; everything to him is relative and changing. … To the extent that he is free from the shackles of dogma, he can respond to the realities of the widely different situations.”
It was Nietzsche who coined the ideas “God is dead” and “will to power.” Once you remove God from politics, law, culture and society, all you need is a charismatic radical leader to fill the void, to impose his will on the people, to be so fanatically devoted to an overarching, controlling idea – the STATE is god and has all the answers to society’s problems (as in the case of every Democrat from Woodrow Wilson to Obama) – that all other issues pale in comparison.
That’s what Obama’s current $650 billion job’s bill together with his multi-state promotional tour is all about – it’s all lies, lies and damn lies concocted to deceive those whom Lenin called “useful idiots.”