Posted by: reformedmusings | October 28, 2008

Obama and the Rules for Radicals

Courtesy of Michelle Malkin

Image courtesy of Michelle Malkin

I wrote about Obama’s socialism in this post. Since then, I found a great article on Obama’s Marxism going back to his college years. When you look at the strategy and totality of Obama’s campaign and those of other radical leftists, you see a disturbing pattern:

1) They avoid directly addressing issues in detail. I heard a commercial here tonight in which Mark Warner claims that Obama has a detailed economic plan. Have you seen it? I haven’t. It’s not on his website. He keeps saying how 95% will get a tax cut. Have you seen the details of how his taxing of the makers of new jobs and capital will turn out differently than the failed tax policies of Carter? I haven’t. It isn’t on his website. No details, just fluff.

2) They (or their surrogates) ridicule their opponents. We saw the early lies the left told about Governor Palin. We see the way the left has treated Joe the Plummer. The way they have dismissed the accurate characterization of Obama as a socialist. Biden’s faux outrage at Barbara West’s interview questions, then denying what all America has heard Obama say for themselves on TV.

3) They hold their opponents to standards that the leftists themselves eschew. The most egregious case I’ve seen lately is the left’s pillorying of Mark Foley (and he was wrong) for supposedly sending suggestive messages to congressional pages. Yet, at about the same time, the same left was hailing Gerry Studds, who actually buggered his pages, as a pioneer. Yeah, in more ways than one I imagine.

I could go on, but my point is not to list them all but that the commonalities on the left aren’t coincidental. These rules come from a book written by leftist radical Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals. Obama came by this approach honestly, having worked as a community organizer for Jerry Kellman, an Alinsky protoge. Michelle Obama even quoted portions of Rules for Radicals in her big convention speech. Obama’s campaign has been built on Alinsky’s rules. There’s an excellent summary of the 12 rules here. I will list them briefly here so that you can see how Obama and the left has used them to promote their socialist agenda to ruin America:

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.

RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.

RULE 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Obama has highly tauted his role as a community organizer. These rules for radicals form the base strategy for community organizers, even those who pass themselves off as mainstream. As you watch commercials and speeches by Obama, Biden, and their their supporters, evaluate them against these rules. It will open your eyes.

This election is literally a turning point for America. At issue is whether the United States becomes a socialist state redistributing wealth like Venezuela, or whether we retain our freedom as guaranteed by our current Constitution and the prosperity that this has brought to us. It is said the great countries don’t fall in a great crash, but slowly collapse as their foundations are chipped away by relative affluence and comfort. Let it not be so in America.

Vote for Freedom, reject the tyranny of socialism.



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