Are you a conservative? You may be a radical! Do you believe in guns and god and limited government? You may be a radical! Do you believe that your hard work was how you became a success? Then you may be a radical! With the election of Barack Hussein Obama for a second term, and the continued control of the Senate by the Democrats, we have to accept a couple of basic, and somewhat disturbing, facts.
First, this is no longer a center-right country. With the rise of the number of people who pay no taxes and expect government to take care of them, we saw the country lurch to the Left. Why? Because the Left caters to the dependent. The dependent want stuff, just like the rest of us, but they don’t feel the necessity to work for it. If they can get it from government, without the stress and strain associated with commercial struggle in the private sector, they do. Why break a sweat if you don’t have to, right?
Second, we have raised up at least two generations of spoiled, self-entitled brats who are more than happy to trade rights and freedoms for a cradle-to-grave welfare state. That would be fine, if it were simply their rights and freedoms, their liberty, being traded for the illusory security of the government dole. Unfortunately, as they seek to piss away their liberties, they do the same with yours and mine as well.
Third, racism is alive and well in the United States. We have a brown president and he was supported by 93% of blacks and 66% of hispanics. Why? Because he is not white. Obama’s policies have been economically devastating for both groups, but that means nothing to them. He is not white. He also wants to destroy American culture, which is based on a Northern European Judeo-Christian tradition centered in Great Britain. Hispanics that supported him see him as latinizing America, especially along the Southern border. Neither of these groups care that he is systematically destroying everything that made America great; for them it’s all about race. That is all that counts.
What does it mean that America actually voted for all this? It means that we conservatives are losing ground to a Left that is offering everything to everyone to remain in power. It means that we are becoming the counterculture. That makes us the radicals of the 21st Century.
That, my fellow radicals, means we have to learn how to be radicals. The Leftists in the 1960s didn’t know how to be radicals, but they figured it out, and one of them wrote a book. Yep, I am talking about Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. He wrote it as an answer to Machiavelli’s The Prince, which taught nobles how to keep power. Alinsky said in his introduction that, “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.” If the trends continue, we will soon be the Have-Nots, and we will have to take our power back. That means learning from our Community Organizer in Chief, and his great teacher, Saul Alinsky.
Alinsky described an agitation process that tears communities apart before reorganizing them into a mass army that can be used to force change. That process is comprised of fanning the flames of resentment and hostility, seeking and exploiting controversy, attacking apathy and complacency in the community. Here are the rules Alinsky suggests the radical uses to accomplish this reorganization.
Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their 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.”
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.
Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
According to Alinsky, the key is to bait your opponent into reacting. “The enemy, properly goaded and guided in his reaction, will be your major strength.” Look back at the last few elections. Does this look familiar? It should.