Barack Obama's Gameplan for America -- Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals"
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
Of his book, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote: "What follows is for those who want to change the
world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was
written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for
Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
Alinsky begins “Rules for Radicals” with a dedication to Lucifer “...the
first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and
did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom.” Rules for
Radicals also contains the Machiavellian advice that "the ends justify
His “rules” derive from many successful campaigns
where he sowed the seeds of class warfare with community organizing,
getting people fighting power and privilege,
whom he convinced people were the root of all their "problems".
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting whatever
he believed to be wrong and convincing people they can actually do
something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have
the power to change a situation, they stop thinking about it.
According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside (Obama's actual job in Chicago!)
— must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the
organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning
hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get
people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the
prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have
simply come to accept a situation. Alinsky would say, “The first step in
community organization is community disorganization.”[How about that on a national scale, with an outside agitator as president?]
Through a process combining hope and resentment [Softened for national consumption to "hope and change."], the organizer
tries to create a “mass army” that brings in as many recruits as
possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor
unions, corner gangs, and individuals.
Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But
he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that
are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.
- Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent
thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the
dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more
people than you do.
- Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
- Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
- Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You
can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than
the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
- Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to
counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then
reacts to your advantage. [This rule,
in particular, is a favorite tactic of Barack Obama and others on the
left when they have neither facts nor logic to oppose the arguments of
- Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people
aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the
- Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
- Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions
and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise
for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a
constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the
opposition to react to your advantage.”
- Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.
When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to
tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities
quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto
organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured
off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined
the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
- Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive
alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who
says, “Okay, what would you do?”[Has anyone heard Barack Obama say what he will do if he gets another four years?]
- Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize
it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify
a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer
is to bait an
opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his
reaction will be your major strength." Alinsky has also described the
job of the community organizer as that of an "outside agitator," that
you must be an outsider in order to be a community organizer.
Barack Obama isn't the only radical leftist among
Democrats -- Hillary Clinton's senior honors thesis was an analysis of
the works of Saul Alinsky and the effect that they have on politics
today. Barack Obama can trace his own roots to the teachings of Saul Alinsky.
Obama had a passion for Alinsky's work. Before he left Harvard, Barack
wrote "After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois." Under the
tutelage of an Alinsky admirer John L. McKnight, Obama says he got the
"best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law
School." Remember, Alinsky has described the job of the community
organizer as that of an "outside agitator," and that is what Barack
Obama says was his best education, better than Harvard Law School!
we have as our current president a man whose "best education", in his
own words, was training as an "outside agitator." Think of that when
you go to the polls on November 6, 2012!
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