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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Saul Alinsky
Is Obamacare the best that the pot-smoking, war-protesting, guitar-strumming children of the left can do? It's the most incompetent piece of legislation in American history
One of the many leftist, subversive mentors of President Obama was the Chicago-based American communist Saul Alinsky. Alinsky's methods can be summed up simply: Deceive and manipulate in order to confuse and radically transform. That's what this president is doing now.
A la Saul Alinsky in his famous "Rules for Radicals" training manual for effective activism, swarms of anti-war protesters took to the streets and descended upon Secretary of State John F. Kerry's Boston town house, shouting through bullhorns, "Hands off Syria!"
Upon securing victory against the British, George Washington had to quell a rising movement to crown him as America's new king.
President Obama has insulted the memory of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in Vietnam. Last week, Mr. Obama met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang.
So President Obama is back to being the lord protector of the middle class. I remember his presidential campaign in 2008 and wondered at that time: What kind of Democrat is this, not to obsess over the poor? "Obama gets poor rankings on mentions of 'poverty'" (Web, July 8) confirms this.
Watch out, fraudsters. James O'Keefe is celebrating coming off federal probation with a New York Times best-seller, "Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy."
It is comforting to know that our negotiations with North Korea have been turned over to the "highest-profile American to ever meet with Kim Jong Un": former NBA star Dennis Rodman ("Dennis Rodman: N. Korea's Kim Jong-un is 'just a great guy,' wants Obama to call him," Web, March 3).
President Obama, on behalf of every American citizen, could you please stop blaming everyone but yourself for your failed policies? Your predecessor isn't responsible for the protracted economic downturn for the past three years -- you are.
President Obama can rest assured that should he decide to try the comedy circuit whenever he leaves his present job, he surely will draw an audience that will welcome him with laughs -- especially if he repeats some of his recent comments.
During the last presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., President Obama attempted to ridicule and diminish Mitt Romney ("Obama, horses and bayonets," Comment & Analysis, Wednesday). The president's snide remarks comparing the use of modern naval vessels with horses and bayonets was right out of the playbook of the late radical Saul Alinsky.
George Orwell said the real objective of socialism was not happiness but human brotherhood, which explains why so many socialists are unhappy. Their objective is unachievable as well as undesirable. Who, after all, wants to live in a world of seven billion siblings?
As Winston Churchill once said, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Unless the Romney campaign comes to grips with the fact that President Obama is a student of Saul Alinsky, there is no way Mitt Romney can win in November.
Voting for President Obama is no joke. It is the equivalent of riding a toboggan down a snowy hill into a rock -- a rock of economic failure, divisiveness and class warfare. Our limbs and our spirit are broken by this president's icy megalomania. Hope has died and we've drowned a frozen pond of Mr. Obama's mythic promises.
Mitt Romney made a wise but risky choice in selecting Paul Ryan as his candidate for vice president. He's a good pick to stabilize the budget and Medicare as well as support global economic recovery and political stability. The election is now focused on the very highest stakes.
"The despair is there," Alinsky said. "Now it's up to us to go in and rub raw the sores of discontent, galvanize them for radical social change."
This is right out of the playbook of his mentor, Chicago community organizer Saul Alinsky, who told a Playboy interviewer in 1972: "One thing I've come to realize is that any positive action for radical social change will have to be focused on the white middle class, for the simple reason that this is where the real power lies."