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Barack Obama plays by Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals!


Side Of
and Saul
By Mary Jo Anderson

September 3rd, 2009


___(Links are in GREEN)

Change and unity — the two words
surely epitomize Barack Obama’s
campaign for the presidency.

Last week’s Democratic
Convention extolled change hourly,
in a relentless drumbeat.

The only relief came when
unity was emphasized.

What nags at the back of the
mind is that the call for “change”
and “unity” is not so much an
invitation but a command.
I’m a skeptic.

I’ve learned from covering the
United Nations that when radicals
cannot get delegates to agree
to their terms,
they change the meaning
of those terms.

“health and reproductive rights,”
though it sounds like innocent
pre-natal care,
is in reality the UN’s goal
to press for abortion on demand
all in the name of doing something
noble for the poor and oppressed.

Obama’s understanding of
“unity” has never been spelled out,
but his past mentors —
and even some of
his own comments —
paint a worrisome picture.

Obama said last year,
“We’re building a
grassroots movement . . .
to unite the country around
our shared values”

And then at a rally in February:
“It is a choice not between
black and white,
not between genders and
regions or religions,
but a choice between the past
and the future.”

In the context of the genderless
world espoused by the gay lobby
that Obama supports,
or the Marxist vision
of a religion-less world,
those remarks about our
future take on a different hue.

In fact,
there’s a strong indication
that for Obama,
“unity” is part of a broader agenda —
a kissing cousin to the Marxist
ideal of the undifferentiated

Much has been written
about Obama’s career
as a “community organizer,”
a benign term that was actually
the brainchild of Marxist agitator
Saul Alinsky,
whose writings Obama studied
and who founded an organization
in Chicago for which Obama worked.

Alinsky earned his doctorate
from the University of Chicago
in 1930 and went to work in the
state penitentiary.

He came to believe that the
“social milieu,”
not personal behavior,
was responsible for the plight
of the inmates —
and therefore,
a changed society would
eliminate aberrant behavior.

Alinsky created his Industrial
Areas Foundation,
a grassroots agitation organization
that found its power in collectivizing
working-class poor and
idealistic radicals.
Alinsky is well-known
for his second book,



which begins with
praise for Lucifer,
a rebel who achieved
his own kingdom.

The book stressed that activists
must be “people committed
to change.”
(Sound familiar?)

He taught his agitators to
avoid the “useless self-indulgence”
of despising their own
middle-class roots,
instead exploiting the
contempt they feel:
“If we are to build power
for change,
the power and the people are
in the big middle class majority.”

He also encouraged
radicals to seek
“bridges of communication
and unity . . . .
View with strategic sensitivity
the nature of middle-class
hang-ups over rudeness or
aggressive insulting profane
All this and more must be
grasped and used to radicalize
parts of the middle-class.”

In the name of
“the poor and the oppressed,”
radicals catapult themselves
into power,
exploiting the goodwill
of the desperate.

Alinsky further instructed:

“Moral rationalization is
indispensable at all times
of action whether to justify
the selection or the use
of ends or means.”

Organizers are to drop the
appearance of radical agitators
and to don middle-class manners
and behaviors so as to blend
in while espousing their radical
visions of the future —
a description that
would suit Obama,
according to Joseph Biden’s
own description of the senator
as “mainstream…
bright and clean.”

The similarities continue in
Alinsky’s view of the middle
classes as
“fearful people
threatened on all sides”
who “cling to illusory fixed points”
and who are characterized by

this is all familiar:
It neatly summarizes the
contempt Obama exhibited
for the middle class when he
derided their values at a
swank San Francisco fundraiser
by saying,
“They get bitter,
they cling to guns or religion
or antipathy to people who
aren’t like them . . . .”

Despite this,
Alinsky coached his devotees
to work with the lower-middle
class to obtain
a series of partial agreements
and a willingness to abstain
from hard opposition as changes
take place.

They have their role to play
in the essential prelude of
reformation. . . .

This is the job
of today’s radical —
to fan the embers of
hopelessness into
a flame to fight.

To say,
“together we can change
it for what we want.”
As Obama would
do 50 years later,
Alinsky used churches and
people of faith to acquire a
legitimate image
(and financial assistance).

Alinsky tapped Msgr. Jack Eagan
for entrée into Catholic Chicago;
for Obama,
his mentor and pastor
was Jeremiah Wright,
whose message was never
human unity but racial division.

Wright is a proponent
of liberation theology,
a belief that man will save
himself through unified
political action.

Is it reasonable to assume
that the young Obama was
formed by his 20 years of
friendship with Wright?

Can the “change” Obama imagines
be the same “change” most
Americans want?

Obama’s devotion to Wright
and radicals like Alinsky
is well-known;
anyone can pick up
Rules for Radicals and read it
as Obama’s playbook.

Then-Cardinal Ratzinger
offered the ultimate warning
against such ideology when he
wrote in Truth and Tolerance,

“Where the Marxist ideology
of liberation had been
consistently applied,
a total lack of freedom
had developed,
whose horrors were now
laid bare before the eyes
of the entire world.

Wherever politics tries
to be redemptive,
it is promising too much.

Where it wishes to do
the work of God,
it becomes not divine,
but demonic.”
is the co-author of
and is a frequent contributor
to InsideCatholic.com.


3 Responses to “Barack Obama plays by Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals!”

  1. Obama and his minions are counting
    on the naivete if not gross stupidity
    of the great American masses;
    their lack of in depth interest in understanding
    the truths that have been laid before them
    for the entire span of his (Obama’s) candidacy and reign.

    The mainstream media has been quick to label
    all critics as fringe kooks, racists, and you name it.

    Save us all from the impending
    national catastrophe.

    I only hope and pray that that faction
    of voters who voted for Obama
    because he sounded good in sound bites
    or because we had to show the world
    that we could elect a minority etc,
    finally wake up and realize the disaster at hand.

  2. Bravo Alvess!!!

    So well said and so true!

    I could not agree more with your words.

    THANK YOU for saying that so clearly –
    THANK YOU for telling the truth – and
    THANK YOU for reading 22MOON!


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