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So your at a social function and talking about your politics and some leftist tries ridicule to shut you up: what to do? Quote them which Saul Alinsky Rule they are employing and watch their face turn pale! Enjoy!
If we are to challenge the entrenched socialist leaning liberal bureaucracy, we must prepare ourselves by anticipating their attack tactics. Trust me, they will perceive large groups challenging their agenda as a threat and they will respond.
Like a football coach studies the plays of opposing teams, we can fairly well predict how liberal opposition will react by familiarizing ourselves with the methods they have used in the past. These methods and tactics were not spontaneous or unplanned; they were deliberate and according to a playbook.
America’s “Organizer in Chief” is an known student of admitted radical agitator and communist, Saul Alinsky. In 1971 Saul Alinsky put in writing his plan to use the creation of chaos in order to facilitate a take over of power by the “have-nots”. Alinsky outlined the creation of a “mass army” recruiting from local gangs, groups, unions, churches, and individuals. His collection of rules on how to accomplish his goal, replacing the existing power structure, were entitled his “Rules for Radicals”. They became the strategic playbook for “community organizing”. President Obama was a community organizer in Chicago for 4 years, which is where he launched his political career.
For study purposes, I quote from Alinsky’s collection of rules. In studying these rules, you will undoubtedly recognize tactics liberal operatives and their army of ACORN and SEIU, the liberals’ activist wings, have used. Pay particular attention to Rules 4, 5, and 11. You have seen them used often by liberals to marginalize conservatives and their views. Be prepared to be on the receiving end of verbal attacks.
The liberals lose the advantage of our overreaction if we understand they are trying to “bait” us, and we don’t play their game. Our calm deliberate actions will hopefully contrast responsible vs. irresponsible behavior. They lose their tactical advantage if we not only recognize a tactic and refuse to be baited, but can point out its tie in with a known radical playbook. It would be even better if we could cite the rule number. Let’s have fun calling their hand. That’s Rule 6, and I like that one.
RULES FOR RADICALS
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.
2. Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
3. Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
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.”
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.
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.”
7. A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
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 consistent pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
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 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.
10. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or interviewer who asks “OK what would you do?” Make the opponent propose the alternative.
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 main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy, properly goaded and guided in his reaction, will be your major strength.”
If you look at Rule #9, you will see the tactic that was used effectively against lending institutions, resulting in sub-standard mortgages and the collapse of our banking industry. In that case, large numbers of protesters invaded and picketed lending offices to embarrass them into giving home loans to unqualified borrowers. Compliance by lenders set in motion a chain of events that resulted in financial disaster.
In the unjustified accusations of racial motivations by anyone who dares to oppose Obama’s proposals, I think I see Rules #8 and #11. See what you think. Have fun identifying applicable Alinsky’s Rules with past and ongoing political events, and you will never be surprised when newly renamed “progressives” (previously liberals) attack. We must recognize and challenge “liberals” playing the race card in order to win an argument when they can’t win on the merits of their position. Be prepared for verbal attacks so that you can respond calmly and not be “baited” into responding as they anticipate. Rule #11 is an ugly, yet effective tactic. However, it cannot succeed with a forewarned, educated opponent. Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” is your education.