We all know that President Barack Hussein Obama studied the teachings of Saul Alinsky, the well known ‘community organizer’ and author of the book, “Rules for Radicals.” But what is a community organizer, exactly?
From Wikipedia – “Community organizing is a process by which people living in proximity to each other are brought together in an organization to act in their common self-interest. Unlike other forms of more consensual “community building,” community organizers generally assume that social change necessarily involves conflict and social struggle in order to generate collective power…”
If any of that process sounds familiar, it should. Our President is utilizing these radical rules to govern our country. If he isn’t doing them actively, himself, he is allowing those around him to put these rules into place. So what are the “Rules for Radicals” and how is this administration and his cronies using them? Let us take a look.
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. – This quite possibly might be the only rule of Alinsky’s that Obama isn’t bothering with. I mean he has the full backing of the might of the American government.
Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat. – Obama did this during the campaign. He hid his Islamic roots and his political machine castigated anyone who brought it up. Even saying his middle name brought about rebukes and the liberals were quick to throw up the race card. He knew that to be elected to the White House, he needed to downplay his Islamic roots. Rather than showcase them as diversity, he hid them for he realized that the average American was not ready to accept a former Muslim in the White House.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat. – Remember Obama’s first few weeks in office. He talked down the economy so much that it created fear and thereby the opportunity he needed to pass the so-called ‘Stimulus Bill.’ Obama talked of the economic crisis and possible catastrophe so much that the stock market reacted very adversely to his rantings. Finally, Bill Clinton had to admonish him to “tone it down a bit.”
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.” – While campaigning, Obama touted the ‘bipartisan’ philosophy, deriding the partisan way of getting anything accomplished in Washington. Yet once in office, he is throwing those rules out the window and blocking the Republicans from even attending certain committee meetings. Hard to obey the rules with this going on.
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. I only need three words to explain how the Obama machine utilized this rule – “Joe the Plumber.”
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 tactic.” – Chris Matthews from MSNBC was having such fun when Obama won the election that he had to share with us this salient point. “Its part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg.” The mainstream media is having more fun as of late than they did the entire eight years of the Bush administration. Have no fear though, for it is possible to drown in a vat of honey and even our far-left liberal media will eventually tire of being cheerleaders. One can only hope, that is.
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues. – I believe that this was part of the rationalization that Obama used when he tried to tackle so many different things at once in his first few months in office, the economy, Gitmo, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan war, the stimulus, the car companies, the financial institutions, foreign policy, enhanced interrogation techniques, just to name a few.
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.” – This is very similar to rule #7 in that the more items he tackles at once, the more pressure it is for his opposition to keep up with him.
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. – Our healthcare industry is under attack by this very manner under the Obama administration. He continues to tell us how dangerous it is to put off ‘fixing’ our healthcare in America. He did this with the stimulus bill and we have already seen that it was not true. Remember him saying that without it, we would see 8% unemployment? What happened? AFTER it was passed, we are well on our way to 10% unemployment. He used the ‘threat’ of unemployment to get the spending bill (disguised as a stimulus bill) passed.
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?” When confronted with just such a question, Obama always avoids answering it directly. This is nothing new; in fact most politicians do the same thing.
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. – Blame Bush, blame Republicans, oh did I say Blame Bush?
So where does that leave us, ladies and gentlemen? Well it leaves us with someone who has done nothing substantial in his life, save for being elected to public office. We have a community organizer in the White House and he is governing as a community organizer. You can see it in everything he does and it is also the reason he still ‘campaigns’ even though the elections are over. Barack Obama will go down as one of the most unique Presidents this country has ever seen. And with the mainstream media at his side, he is constantly seen on television. But just being on TV doesn’t make you Presidential. No, Barack Obama isn’t much of a President, but he does play one on TV.