Look no further than the 1971 revolutionary and community organizer Saul Alinsky's training manuals that so captured Barak Obama's attention as a neighborhood organizer. Alinsky's modus operandi, as a socialist, was to:
- co-opt the language of the masses
- affirm the masses of their plight
- promises the masses change they can believe in is forthcoming
- deliver to the masses new plans for their life
"Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution. To bring on this reformation requires that the organizer work inside the system, among not only the middle class but the 40 per cent of American families"
Barak Obama actually taught the Alinsky methods and tactics dozens of times to local Chicago neighborhoods just as Alinsky had himself organized the now famous "Back of the Yards" Chicago neighborhood.
How well has Senator Obama now President Obama employed the tactics in "organizing for mass power"?
Using the strategies above, the masses were to be infiltrated and won over. Standing firmly on principle is by far the most damaging of ideas to Alinsky. President Obama was tutored well. He has masked true intentions with fairy tale words that promise undefined change. What a perfect model for winning votes and not alienating the public?
How crafty will President Obama be in the days to come?
First, he must co-opt the language of Republicans. "Tax cuts", "unity", "economic growth", "creating jobs", etc...may be the heart of the Republican economic message. But now, Alinsky's disciple, will employ these words and phrases to insidiously comandeer Republicans.
The goal is to re-define the meaning of conservative language. Tax cuts will now mean providing welfare checks to people who didn't make any money. Economic growth means "economic justice"- taking from wealth creaters and giving to unproductive citizens. Creating 4 million jobs means fabricating government mandated jobs by paying $216,000 per job picking for picking up litter, refurbishing government windows, creating new windmills, etc...Secondly, Senator Obama will affirm the plight of the masses. Operation Alinsky always requires embracing your enemy, not confronting your enemy. We will affirm all. We will receive all. We will accept; not reject. The Alinsky disciple will follow the revolutionary model befriending and embracing all citizens. The goal is to unify the sheep who feel lost in the American pligth. The fateful night that Senator Obama was thrust onto the American stage in 2004, the Senator raptured Americans into unity by saying, "We are not divided as red states and blue states. We are the United States....we are not Republicans and Democrats....we are Americans."
The tingly words of "change you can believe in" will spearhead the promised social revolution in America. Alinsky promised the model would work. President Obama promises to work the model.
Americans would never buy the Alinsky message if the message was spelled out clearly: social revolution, wealth redistribution, tearing down the system of power, etc....But the Alinsky model goes undected before the masses and media in speech after speech. The code words that rile average Americans into action duping them into the frenzy of voting for social revolution is nothing short of masterful manipulation.
If the messenger is charismatic enough, the masses will hang on each of his words as he embraces their frustrations (food on the table, help with kids, programs to lighten the burden). He will affirm their struggle for "economic justice", "social justice", and righting the wrongs that have placed us in dire circumstances. He will tell them that they have been victimized and that they need help. The messenger will win their trust to overtake the unnamed Goliaths in the capitalist system that have exploited the people. The Alinsky disciple stirs up the beckoning cry of the masses to march, join, unify in a romantic revolution against the oppressors of average Americans trying to feed their families. The Alinsky disciple must make sure that the masses see him sybolically as their pure sacrificial messsenger who is destined by fate to embrace the people's struggle for independence against the constraints and shackles of those who are holding them back.
Even of Republicans, President Elect Obama has affirmed and quoted their all-time hero, Ronald Reagan in talking about the America we live in. How confusing? President Obama has received, accepted, embraced, listened, empathized, and befriended bigwig conservative columnists like George Will, Larry Kudlow, Peggy Noonan, and Nina Easton. How confusing? The goal is to little by little, tear the opposition's defenses down. Two hours at dinner secluded in George Will's home, the effervescent President-elect listened and pretended to learn what social and economic conservatives wanted. Will not a couple of hours listening to Republicans soften the print articles, news columns, and television interviews that were bound to be lobbed against him?
President Obama will embrace even the political enemy with calm assurance, poise, and a smile seeking their partnership to forward his agenda. There will be no rantings. There will be no vindictive retributions in the public eye. This is not the way of Alinsky- or is it?
Third, promise the masses what they want to hear. "Change that you can believe in" is apparently lofty enough to win hearts and minds. About 200,000 Berliners fell in love with the rapture of Obama. Alinsky's methods always means telling the people that they are in trouble; but that hope is on the way. You tell the masses that they need help. And in Senator Obama's case, "Government is the only solution" to their problems. With him, they have a promise of hope. "We will lead again!"
Fourthly, once in power, deliver to the masses the new plans for their lives. The people aren't wise enough to decide what is good for them. They neeed "their brother's keeper" who will make sure from Washington that they have food, leisure time, transportation, health care, mandated jobs, government funded pensions, etc...Alinsky's disciple, who organized them, will make sure that government will do its part from cradle to grave caring for the people that should be caring for themselves. Who else could do this except the on who organized them, promises them hope, and identifies with their pain?
It was the revolutionary, Alinsky, who believed that "an intermediate end for radicals should be democracy because of its relative ease to work within to achieve other ends of social justice.
Democracy is not good enough in the grand scheme of social revolution. It is merely a stepping stone to more utopian days when citizens don't have to worry about elections and democracy.
The Bolsheviks promised bread for the Russian masses and an end to war upon storming the Kremlin and taking power. We got the Soviets. Mao promised "The Great Leap Forward" in 1957 with collectivist policies that starved 20 million Chinese citizens. William Pitt, Prime Minister of England in 1796, promised England's poor the keys to the treasury for easing the plight of poverty resulting in the creation of even more poverty. Post WWII Europe's turn toward socialist policies floundered for forty years until Margaret Thatcher unleashed economic incentives with the rest of Europe following suit. The result were the citizens creating unparalleled wealth.
Will President Obama's "Government is the only solution" and "America is in trouble" work? He may have mesmerized the masses and won the White House with Alinsky's methods, but there is going to be an awful mess when the citizens awake from the hypnosis of "change that you can believe in."
Even so, because of Senator Obama's masterful oratory and wordsmith savvy, he awed crowds with his incantations and vocabulary blinding the many about the realities of his federal economic plans for America.
President Obama will begin re-shaping America through a slight of hand proposition. The economy needs stimulus. So why not designate specific funds toward newly formed government programs? Will these government mandated programs be eliminated upon their one time designation? It won't be likely.
President Obama's incremental approach will be "death by a thousand cuts", not a bazooka. A little money for this program and that program to stimulate the populous multiplied hundreds of times over will show government to be "the Great Leviathan".