You Can Keep the “Change” (Part II)
by Carl Parnell
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In Part I of “You Can Keep the Change,” the first two qualities of a good community organizer and a person who can bring about “change” were discussed. Now, let’s continue our discussion of qualities three through five and other thoughts about President Obama and his association with Saul Alinsky.
Third, there is the quality of Imagination (“the fuel for the force that keeps an organizer organizing”) (1) An example of President Obama’s Imagination can be seen in his 2012 State of the Union Address. In fact, according to President Obama himself,
Think about the America within our reach. A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded.
Therefore, it is obvious that he meets the criteria for the definition of Imagination, since his imagination definitely fuels his will to create an utopia in America. However, without God as the foundation for his utopia, he will never succeed. It has been attempted by humanists for centuries, but none of these so-called man-made utopias have ever lasted very long. Sinful men cannot create a perfect society, but they still imagine that they can.
Fourth, there is the quality of having a sense of humor (“the most potent weapons known to mankind are satire and ridicule”) According to CBS News in a March 2010 article entitled “Obama’s Surprising Sense of Humor,” President Obama definitely has a sense of humor. His Sense of Humor is “mordant, self-deprecating, deeply ironic.” (2) In other words, his Sense of Humor is sarcastic, apologetic, and mocking, as can be seen in the following examples:
In an interview, he complained of the “shine police,” aides who follow him around to pat him with TV makeup.
In his State of the Union speech, he called the bank bailout “as popular as a root canal.” He suggested monthly meetings with congressional leaders, adding archly, “I know you can't wait.”
At a New Hampshire town meeting, he faulted Republicans for slamming the government stimulus package and then praising the hometown projects that it financed. “They've found a way to have their cake - and vote against it, too,” he said.
During a college basketball game, the left-handed Obama told an interviewer he met with House Republicans “to prove that I could go to my right once in a while.”
Praising high-speed rail, he noted its less-stringent-than-airport security: “You don't have to take off your shoes. Right? Check to see if you're wearing the socks with no holes in them.” (2)
However, as stated by Mr. Smith, “Does Barack Obama have a funny bone? The president certainly doesn't seem to see himself as a natural comic. But more often than he gets credit for, he flashes a sharp and wry humor. It's an important component of his style, helping to humanize an otherwise detached persona in ways that could prove valuable in the political wars ahead.” Of course, this means that President Oabma does have another of Saul Alinsky’s qualities needed to be a “rebel with a cause.”
Ultimately, there is the quality of “an organized personality with confidence in presenting the right reason for his actions only “as a moral rationalization after the right end has been achieved.” According to Alinsky,
With very rare exceptions, the right things are done for the wrong reasons. It is futile to demand that men do the right thing for the right reason - this is a fight with windmill. An organizer should know and accept that the right reason is only introduced as a moral rationalization after the right end has been achieved, although it may have been achieved for the wrong reason - therefore he should search for and use the wrong reasons to achieve the right goals. He should be able, with skill and calculation, to use irrationality in his attempts to progress toward a rational world. (3)
Finally, when Marist Saul Alinsky stated that a good organizer “should be able, with skill and calculation, to use irrationality in his attempts to progress toward a rational world,” he was unknowingly at the time describing President Barack Obama, who was one of his prime pupils. Also, it is obvious that, based on the manner in which President Obama is attempting to redefine America as a socialist nation, he is using many irrational, idealistic methods to create a rational, governemnt-controlled nation where everyone is equal, equal, equal.
Therefore, since President does display the true qualities of a “changer,” as stated by Saul Alinsky, what tactics does he have at his command to use. But, first, before looking at the type tactics President Obama could use, there must be a definition of “tactics.” According to Alinsky, “tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them.” (1) Of course, as stated by Alinsky, “our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” (1) As a result, other “tactics” used by community organizers and also government “changers” should be viewed. They are as follows:
1. Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.
2. Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat.... [and] the collapse of communication.
3. Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)
4. Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.
5. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
6. A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time.
8. Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign. (1)
In the end, based on what is happening in the United States government today, President Obama is using most, if not all, of the aforementioned tactics to “change” America from a freedom-loving, constitutional republic to a socialist, government-controlled state. Ultimately, the spirit of Saul Alinsky is alive and well in President Obama, one of his prime students, and the Democratic Party, which has drifted too far to the left of the political center.
Therefore, in conclusion, President Obama has actually achieved the major objective of Saul Alinsky, as written in his Rules of Radicals. As stated by Alinsky,
The organizer’s first job is to create the issues or problems,’ and ‘organizations must be based on many issues.’ The organizer ‘must first rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression. He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act. . . . An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent. (1)
Of course, it is obvious that President Obama and his Democratic cohorts have been successful in their effort to change America by the Alinsky-style.. Prayerfully, though, Americans of both parties would finally realize, before it is too late, that President Barack Hussein Obama does not have the greatness of America as his driving force in his political agenda. Inevitably, the driving force in his life is fulling the Marxist ideology of Saul Alinsky in the United States of America and changing America so that its Founding Fathers would not recognize it. Hence, the mandate that the majority of Americans would send to President Obama, since they finally know the truth of the matter NOW, is that YOU CAN KEEP THE “CHANGE.”
P.S. This article was inspired by a bumper sticker. It read, “I’ll keep my guns, freedom, and money…YOU CAN KEEP THE “CHANGE!”
1. Kjos, Berit. “Quotes from Rules for Radicals (Saul Alinsky-1971).” Kjos Ministries. http://www.crossroads.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm >.
2. Smith, Mark. “Obams’s Surprising Sense of Humor.” CBS NEWS. http://www.cbsnews.com>.
3. “Saul D. Alinsky: Teaching Obama.” SOFTCOM Internet Communications. http://www.softcom.net/users>.
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