I am currently reading, for perhaps the 4th time in my life, the book written by the godfather of Community Organizers Saul Alinsky. The book, of course, is Rules for Radicals.
This time through, I am digesting the contents far more ravenously than my previous reads. The first time I read it it had a completely different contextual appeal. I was a young, long haired college kid at one of the most liberal universities in the country, Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU.
The year was 1972 and the Vietnam war was still on all the young hippie’s minds. Many of my friends were into the protest thing, but being the son of an 82nd Airborne Veteran, I had too much respect for the military to join the protests, but I was pretty sure that I was against war in general.
Several of my friends were reading the Alinsky book and one of them passed it on to me. I read it, and promptly forgot most (but not all) of it. But I knew as I read it I was no radical and the book was not written for me. So I passed it on to someone else.
But as I grew up and grew older and found that the Conservative tag fit me well, I began seeing some of the tactics that I remembered from R4R (Rules for Radicals). So I picked up the book and read it again. Suspicion confirmed. The Democrats were using some of the tactics Alinsky wrote about.
After the Bush-Kerry election went so wrong for the Democrats, the Progressives moved to the front of the pecking order thumping the Alinsky book like a bible. And I read the book again.
Having this book is a bit like the Washington Redskins being legally allowed to purchase the Dallas Cowboys playbook along with their signals right before the big game. It is an amazing asset.
And as I re-read R4R once again, it smacks you like a freight train that everything these Progressive “Democrats” do is right from the book.
I have asked a number of my Conservative friends if they have read the book. Few have. I guess they don’t see themselves as radicals.
But apparently someone at the Republican National Committee has read R4R. And it shows.
And even better, the Democrats are coming completely unglued. It is absolutely hilarious.
For example, the Obama campaign came out with a new slogan. “Forward.” And the RNC (and others) promptly began ridiculing the slogan. “Forward? – What, off the cliff?” And the numerous Photoshopped imitations have been everywhere.
And then there was Julia. RNC Chairman Priebus said “I don’t want my daughter to grow up like Julia.”
And the Daily Caller compiled the Top 10 ‘Julia’ tweets. A couple of my favorites:
And then there was this one that I call a “twofer”.
Not only did that ridicule Obama for the Julia effort, it also got in a dig at left wing candidate Elizabeth Warren getting caught claiming minority status as a “Native American” because her G-G-Grandfather had high cheek bones.
All funny stuff and the liberals are all wee-weed up about it.
Let’s check with Uncle Saul and his “Rules” to see what is going on here.
Alinsky wrote: “The Fifth Rule: Ridicule is mans most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”
Almost impossible to counterattack. That says a bunch. How long has the left used tactic against us stogy, old humorless Republicans?
One lefty on a FoxNews spot today tried the “Well, at least we offer solutions, all you do is ridicule and offer nothing!”
Kinda like the “Push Granny over the cliff” Paul Ryan Budget Plan?
That is a classic example of the left using humor – a tactic Alinsky says will allow people to accept something that they would not accept if it were presented in a serious discussion.
But they have no answer when you ridicule them, wait for the accusation and then bring up the 3 years since the Senate passed a budget.
And besides, it’s fun to ridicule the left and leave them in a sputtering, stuttering mass of blubber.
Which brings up Rule 6: A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
And most of us are enjoying the fact that the left has no answer to throwing their own playbook back in their face. That is almost as much fun as making the left the butt of these jokes.
So, should Republicans keep this up? Alinsky says yes!
The tenth rule: 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. It should be remembered not only that the action is in the reaction but that action is itself the consequence of reaction and of reaction to the reaction, ad infinitum. The pressure produces the reaction, and constant pressure sustains action.
And on the heals of Obama “spiking the football” with bin Laden and watching his poll numbers slide, the pressure is definitely on. And we must keep it going. And it is important to consider the fact that Alinsky realized that you can use a tactic too long. Not the general style of the tactic, but the event that is the subject of the tactic.
Alinsky said “In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt.”
That is the mentality we are dealing with. Anything goes because the ends justify the means. These people are radicals and they are using radical tactics. Know the tactics and you can recognize them. And use their own tactics against them effectively.
In the beginning of his book, Alinsky cautioned that the Revolution, the change towards Socialism, must be slow and subtle or you risk a Counterrevolution. Obama, who is even more a narcissistic half-wit then Alinsky ignored that advice believing himself smarter than everyone. And he made a grave mistake.
The TEA Party is the Counterrevolution Alinsky feared. The Progressive left recognizes that now that it is too late. They tried to laugh us off with ridicule. They adopted the lies and below the belt tactics. They threw the book at us and we are still here.
Growing. Morphing. Changing. Learning.
We are learning to use their own words and tactics against them.
And it is working and it will continue to work.
Republicans cannot take the high ground and allow the left to dig out the foundation beneath our feet.