Howse reminded readers of how Obama became connected to Alinsky’s philosophy: “President Obama, while at Harvard, attended the Industrial Areas Foundation, a group founded by Alinsky, and when he returned to Chicago, Obama taught Saul Alinsky’s worldview and strategies.”
He also explained that Romney and Obama aren’t the only political figures who have appropriated Alinsky’s Marxist vision.
“Alinsky has influenced many of our nation’s leaders, and now you can see where they desire to take our nation – to becoming a socialist state,” Howse said. “Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley College on Alinsky’s strategies.”
The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas maintains a record that documents Alinsky’s organization and activities. The center’s historical notes link Alinsky to radical political figures such as United Farm Workers organizer Cesar Chavez.
“Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed the IAF’s (Industrial Area’s Foundation) principles of community organization and citizen participation, expressed in his books ‘Reveille for Radicals’ (1946) and ‘Rules for Radicals’ (1971),” the center wrote. “After his success in organizing Chicago’s Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood council, Alinsky founded the IAF with the support of Chicago clergy and philanthropists. Upon being invited into a community, IAF organizers trained local leaders to develop grassroots organizations. Prominent successes were The Woodlawn Organization (TWO) in Chicago, and the Community Service Organizations in California (CSO),where IAF organizer Fred Ross trained Cesar Chavez.”
Alinsky dedicated his book “Rules for Radicals” to the devil.
He wrote on the dedication page to the book: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at last won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
Howse noted that Romney, Obama and Clinton aren’t the only major political figures with probable radical ties, just as Alinsky isn’t the only radical political writer whose ideas have crept into the political discourse. Another major GOP candidate has been influenced by radical social thinker Alvin Toffler.
“Just as dangerous as Saul Alinsky’s worldview is that of Alvin Toeffler, who has greatly influenced Newt Gringrich,” Howse explained. “Newt Gingrich was so inspired by the futurist vision of Heidi and Alvin Toffler that he wrote the forward to their book, ‘Creating a New Civilization: The Politics of the Third Wave.’”
“In his book, “Third Wave,” Toffler wrote that the U.S. Constitution is obsolete.
“For what I now must write can all too easily be misunderstood by my contemporaries. Some will no doubt regard it as seditious,” he wrote. “Yet it is a painful truth I believe you would have quickly grasped. For the system of government you fashioned, including the very principles on which you based it, is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare.
“It must be radically changed and a new system of government – a democracy for the 21st century.”
Howse pointed out that Toffler’s new society is based on a complete reshaping of American culture: “Several researchers have documented that In his book ‘Third Wave,’ Toffler calls for the normalizing of hot affairs, abortion, and homosexuality. I agree with numerous researchers that have studied the Tofflers; their worldview is based largely on the mixture of socialism with capitalism for what is called communitarianism.”
Howse’s assessment of Gingrich has support. In the Jan. 17 edition of Commentary Magazine, political writer Peter Wehner – who served as deputy assistant to the President George W. Bush– affirms Gingrich’s attraction to Toffler.
“He can speak out about the civilizational importance of marriage as an institution while treating it with a good deal less care in his own life,” Wehner wrote. “He can quote Edmund Burke while being a devoted follower of Alvin Toffler.”
Gingrich even interviewed Alvin Toffler for CSPAN’s “Book TV” program, allowing the futurist a chance to say that the family is not only not universal, but replaceable.
“After extensive study of both the Tofflers and Saul Alinsky, I believe they hold an equally radical and dangerous worldview,” Howse said. “There is no doubt President Obama was influenced by radical Saul Alinsky. There is also no doubt that Newt Gingrich was influenced by radicals Heidi and Alvin Toffler.
“If Romney was influenced by Alinksy through his father, George Romney, then all three leading candidates for president of the United States have been influenced by anti-American progressives,” Howse concluded, “and that is putting it mildly.”