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It has been well documented that President Barack Obama is a student and advocate of the Saul Alinsky style of  radical socialism and organizing for change.  Aaron Klein, among others, in his “The Manchurian President” work, traced Mr. Obama’s tutelage in the Alinsky,  community organizing and “work from within for change,” methods under Alinskyites Gregory Galluzzo, who described himself as an Alinsky “true believer,” and member of the Gamaliel Foundation, a Chicago organization that believed in “shared abundance for all,” and under Mr. John L. McKnight, a “student of Alinsky’s radical tactics.”  Mr. McKnight also sits on the board of National People’s Action, “an organization that employs the aggressive street tactics of Alinskyite organizing.””1  

Recently, the President has undertaken a new strategy in his speeches and policy recommendations, like the American Jobs Act…that of asking wealthy Americans to pay more in taxes, and to pay their fair share…all to fund new spending programs to supposedly help the unemployed and those who are less well off.  The President, by design, however, never tells the public that the more affluent are already paying the great majority of federal taxes now, and that almost half of Americans at the lower end of the income scale pay no federal income taxes.  He prefers to use “useful idiots” like Warren Buffet, a billionaire whose income is derived from capital gains and stock dividends, as erroneous examples of a tax code that is unjust and needs to be corrected.  

Many have called Mr. Obama’s new strategy “class warfare”…seemingly pitting the rich against the poor…the “Haves against the Have-Nots.”  Mr. Obama’s new strategy was further developed recently in a speech in Ohio where he extolled the crowd that “I’m a warrior for the middle class…I’m happy to fight for the middle class…cause the only warfare I’ve seen is the battle against the middle class over the last ten to fifteen years.” 

With these strategies, policies, and declarations, Mr. Obama reveals his close ties to Saul Alinsky’s methods.  In fact, we can turn directly to Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” work, the paperback printing published by Vintage Books in 1989, to see the source for these policies.  Alinsky introduces the concept of class warfare on page 1 of his book with the statement “What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be.  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.”2    Alinsky begins to explain his view of society with a declaration that “The setting for the drama of change has never varied.  Mankind has been and is divided into three parts:  the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-little, Want Mores.”  The writer then relays his disdain for those who have achieved much in life and  lays out his methods for working within the system to take away what the Haves have for redistribution to others.  

Alinsky suggests a focus on the middle class, just as Mr. Obama is doing, on page 184 of “Rules.”  In the chapter entitled “The Way Ahead,” Alinsky states that “organization for action will now and in the decade ahead center upon America’s white middle class.  That is where the power is…Large parts of the middle class, the “silent majority,” must be activated;  action and articulation are one, as are silence and surrender.”4  And further Alinsky suggests that “…we must begin from where we are if we are to build power for change, and the power and the people are in the big middle-class majority.”5

As to the how to turn the middle class into a socialist army for change, Alinsky recommends “tactics must begin within the experience of the middle class, accepting their aversion to rudeness, vulgarity, and conflict.  Start them easy, don’t scare them off.  The opposition’s reactions will provide the “education” or radicalization of the middle class.  It does it every time.  Tactics here, as already described, will develop in the flow of action and reaction.6   We are seeing the aforementioned “tactics” develop around the country with the “Occupy…” movement against supposed corporate and financial corruption.  These movements have funding and organization provided by known leftist and socialist causes like George Soros and  

So the source for Mr. Obama’s strategy of tax the Haves even more to give jobs to the middle class is evident clearly in the writings of Saul Alinsky.  But times have changed since the 60’s and the hey day of socialist activism.  Today, there are many outlets for the truth about activist and  government policies including conservative commentators, the internet, and many television and radio networks.  No longer is the truth filtered through only 3 television stations and a hand full of radio outlets.  The introduction of Mr. Obama’s “jobs bill” is an example of the instant critique being given to his socialist policies.  As soon as he had finished his speech introducing the legislation, it began to come under attack as  a major tax increase and an effort to redistribute wealth in America.

The failing economic policies of socialism are more clearly understood now, mainly through the failure of the economies of socialist countries who in many instances have reduced taxes and reformed entitlements to become more competitive.  The crisis in Greece, a socialist welfare state for many decades, today stands as a beacon of the failure of socialism, just as the breakup of the Soviet Union did some years ago.  Taking more money out of the private sector through higher taxation to redistribute to others is now correctly seen as a job killing strategy that limits the ability of the private sector to generate economic growth.  The government is seen more as a consumer of tax dollars generated in the private sector than as a vehicle for job creation.  

In addition, there is a realization that we compete in a global economy and that our competitors for jobs are not small, medium, or large sized businesses or business owners here in America, but rather our true competitors are other countries around the world, like China, with which we compete to produce products sold around the globe.  

And we have seen the emergence of a massive constitutionalist movement, the Tea Party, with a goal of moving the country more toward alignment with the design of our government as encompassed in our founding documents like The United States Constitution.  The political power of this group was seen in the last mid-term election that returned Republicans to majority in the United States House of Representatives, cost Democrats several seats in the United States Senate, and switched majorities to the Republican party in many state legislatures around the country.  The voice of America’s great conservative majority was heard then and stands ready to be heard again in the elections of 2012.

So while Mr. Obama continues to rely on his training as a Saul Alinsky radical socialist, working from within to corrupt the institutions that have made America the great engine of economic growth in the world, even to the point of following Mr. Alinsky point by point, luckily, America and Americans are more aware of the tactics of this socialist and the object failure that socialism and communism represent.

1 Klein, Aaron, The Manchurian President,  (WND Books, 2010), page 53.

2 Alinsky, Saul, Rules for Radicals, (Vintage Books, 1989), page 3.

3 Ibid, page 18.

4 Ibid, page 184.

5 Ibid, page 185.

6 Ibid, page 195.

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