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Socialist Health Care Supporters Use Alinsky Tactics

Posted By Matthew Vadum On October 16, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

The left is very unhappy that Americans resent having Obamacare shoved down their throats. They aren’t following the script that leftists had written for them, and as a result these radicals feel they need to attack and insult them. So they put together a commercial featuring comic actor Jack Black that rattles off a litany of the true and well documented problems with Obamacare. Too bad it’s not funny. It’s just stupid and insulting.

Black poses as “Nathan Spewman, professional mis-informant.” He plays a corporate propagandist who enters a classroom and pretends to be a little kid so he can fill the kids’ minds with things the left argues are lies. But the things he says happen for the most part to be true, broadly speaking. He tells a little girl not to bother thinking about becoming a doctor because “Obamacare is a socialist plot to take decisions out of the hands of our doctors.” I couldn’t have said it better.


The whole commercial is an exercise in Saul Alinsky‘s fifth rule of “power tactics”: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” Alinsky taught that ridicule is a rhetorical weapon of mass destruction. “It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule,” he wrote in Rules for Radicals.

The commercial is the handiwork of Health Care for America Now (HCAN), a well-funded front group for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and its labor union SEIU. The two closely tied organizations created HCAN in order to line their own pockets and help push through the radical left-wing political agenda. Both ACORN and SEIU figured they would get new paying members out of Obamacare.

On HCAN’s website executive director Ethan Rome childishly called Sarah Palin a “whack job” because she referenced Obamacare’s “death panels.” (Rome only recently joined HCAN. He was previously public affairs director of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.)

In the commercial Black alludes to the “death panels” but only to mock the idea. Although there won’t be an Obamacare tribunal literally handing out death sentences to sick patients there will be rationing boards created that will get to decide who lives and who dies.

Life and death will be determined, as in Canada and the U.K., by how expensive the medical care is and by how large the political constituency is that is interested in whatever disease ails the patient. If as a patient you don’t have a strong lobby in Washington, then under Obama’s  program you’ll be allowed to die.

(Walter Hudson did a fine job writing on the HCAN commercial Thursday. You should read his post too.)

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