12/18/09

Vexing vetting plagues White House

Who is Saul Alinsky?

Shall we not chide ourselves for the same failure to vet the most senior man of all in the West Wing? Is it unreasonable to connect historical dots between the present state of the union and Barack Obama's coming up as a disciple of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky, who wrote in Rules for Radicals: "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. . . . You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments"?

Or is it unreasonable to consider Obama's past employment as a trainer of the shock troops of ACORN, the community organization that "pressured banks to provide mortgages and home improvement loans in low-income communities" (David Walls, Power to the People: Thirty-five Years of Community Organizing, 1994)?

There is a fable about a scorpion who asks a frog for a lift across the river.
(from worldmag.com)

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Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com

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