9/29/08

Playing by 'Rules for Radicals'

More Saul Alinsky stories: here

Saul Alinsky is hot-searched on google right now. His Rules for Radicals (published in 1971 shortly before he died) has made Alinsky into an icon of the Left.

Wikipedia: Rules for Radicals addressed the 1960s generation of radicals, outlining his views on organizing for mass power. In the first chapter, opening paragraph of the book Alinsky writes, "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".

Rules for Radicals is the operating manual for today's Left. Barack Obama used Rules for Radicals to train ACORN organizers, and he uses it to guide his campaign for President. (So did Hillary.) Rules for Radicals is a bible in journalism schools. If it seems like the Left has captured the political mainstream, that's because today's "news industry" lives by Rules for Radicals. Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals have become the 'Rules of the Road' for American politics. If you don't get it, you will lose.

Fortunately for those who don't simply buckle under to the continual restless agitation of progressive socialists, Alinksy's Rules are ideologically neutral. Alinsky says so. In fact, when the GOP wins, it is often by deciding, perhaps unwittingly, to play by the Rules. Maybe you should buy a few extra copies of this little book - to pass out to some friends.

Resources:
Rules for Radicals at amazon.com
Saul Alinsky's wikipedia entry
Recent Saul Alinsky stories at The Union News

ACORN is the union-backed voter fraud group that was co-founded 38 years ago by the recently-disgraced Wade Rathke, who also founded SEIU. We can all appreciate the growth and success of these massive organizations under Wade's leadership.

Wade is also a board member of the TIDES Foundation, the San Francisco non-profit that mixes vast sums of Hollywood money with left-wing political activism. TIDES' Drummond Pike has long-supported ACORN, including covering up the recently-disclosed $1 million embezzlement - it might actually be twice that amount - by Wade's brother Dale Rathke.

Let's get to the video. In the FUBAR Pelosi-Reid-Bush bailout, Dems negotiated for Rathke / ACORN-related entities to receive at least 20% of the salvage value of the entire program, estimated at $140 billion. The House GOP balked, for obvious reasons, creating such an uproar that Newt Gingrich told NPR about a special Fannie-Freddie tax that had been approved in June, intended to deliver ACORN $500 million/year. (Got to hand it to the Pelosi-Reid-Bush Administration - they snuck that one by us.)

However, since the fraud-laced GSEs folded, ACORN's tribute payments were canceled. Thus, in the FUBAR Pelosi-Reid-Bush bailout, Dems were simply replacing ACORN's unexpected losses.

Resource:
The most recent ACORN stories at The Union News

James Terry of Consumer Rights League explains:



(nwrepublican.blogspot.com)

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