10/6/08

What did Barack teach ACORN?

More ACORN stories: here collectivism: here Alinsky: here

Part One of a series: "What did Barack Obama teach ACORN?"
Read the entire series: here

As the readers of NW Republican know, the union-backed group ACORN is a principal actor in today's twin mega-frauds: bogus voter registrations and the 'affordable housing' bailout.

Before entering Chicago elective politics, Barack Obama was a "community organizer" for an ACORN subsidiary, Project Vote. (He also managed 'affordable housing' lawsuits for ACORN as late as 1994.) Barack was effective - "the undisputed master of agitation," according to trainer Mike Kruglik - so good at it that he was promoted and became a trainer of other organizers.

Intellectuals may be interested to know that although Barack attended Occidental College, and graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, he calls his Alinskyite experience "the best education I ever had." Note: Barack's website now claims that he never worked for ACORN.

NW Republican is offering its readers a chance to learn what Barack Obama learned as a community organizer, and what he taught to community organizers when he was employed by ACORN/Project Vote. This could be useful information, as he is favored to be elected President of the United States next month.

We'll start with a selection from the 'bible' of community organizing and advocacy journalism: 'Rules for Radicals' by the late socialist Saul Alinsky. In the lead photo at the top of this post, Obama is teaching Alinsky's principles of "Power Analysis" and "Relationships built on self-interest" as seen written upon the blackboard [click photo to enlarge.]

This selection from Chapter 1, below, is rich with revelations:

• Alinsky and Obama are devoted to a political power revolution.
• A massive political organization - ACORN - fulfills a revolutionary requirement.
• Alinsky and Obama mistakenly view democracy's ideal as the achievement of "social justice" rather than preserving liberty.
• Rules for Radicals are reversible and can be used against the Left.
• Socialists like Obama and his friends believe we deserve a more perfected society than permitted under the U.S. Constitution.
• Truth is relative and situational - a flexible tool for advancing revolution.
• Alinsky and Obama take an abusive reading of the "General Welfare" doctrine - a Constitutional provision the framers intended for curbing factions, not enabling them.
from "Rules for Radicals", by Saul Alinsky, Chapter 1: The Purpose

The life of man upon earth is a warfare - Job 7:1

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 onto power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.

In this book ware are concerned with how to create mass organizations to seize power and give it to the people; to realize the democratic dream of equality, justice, peace, co-operation equal and full opportunities for education, full and useful employment, health, and the creation of those circumstances in which man can have the chance to live by values that give meaning to life. We are talking about a mass power organization which will change the world into a place where all men and women will walk erect, in the spirit of that credo of the Spanish Civil War, "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." This means revolution.

The significant changes in history have been made by revolutions. There are people who say that it is not revolution, but evolution, that brings about change - but evolution is simply the term used by nonparticipants to denote a particular sequence of revolutions as they synthesized into a specific major social change. In this book I propose certain general observations, propositions, and concepts of the mechanics of mass movements and the various stages of the cycle of action and reaction in revolution. This is not an ideological book except insofar as argument for change, rather than for the status quo, can be called an ideology; different people, in different places, in different situations and different times will construct their own solutions and symbols of salvation for those times.

This book will not contain and panacea or dogma; I detest and fear dogma. I know that all revolutions must have ideologies to spur them on. That in the heat of conflict these ideologies tend to be smelted into rigid dogmas claiming exclusive possession of the truth, and the keys to paradise, is tragic. Dogma is the enemy of human freedom. Dogma must be watched for and apprehended at every turn and twist of the revolutionary movement. The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with complete certainty that they posses the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain and injustice.

Those who enshrine the poor or Have-Nots are as guilty as other dogmatists and just as dangerous. To diminish the danger that ideology will deteriorate in dogma, and to protect the free, open, question , and creative mind of man, as well as to allow for change, no ideology should be more specific than that of America's founding fathers: "For the general welfare."
(nwrepublican.blogspot.com)

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