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“Of no other occupant of the White House can it be said that he owed his understanding of the political process to a man and a philosophy so outside the American mainstream, or so explicitly dedicated to opposing it.”
— “Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model” by David Horowitz
When Newt won the battle of South Carolina, he also laid out the stakes for the larger conflict beyond the primaries and even beyond the election. It is the battle for the soul of America. In the 2004 election, John Edwards borrowed James P. Cannon’s Two Americas metaphor to showcase his vision of a divided nation.
“Today under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one. One America does the work, while another America reaps the reward,” Edwards said. And south of the North Carolina senator’s old seat, Gingrich expressed another and truer vision of the two Americas:
I believe the debate we’re going to have with President Obama over the next eight or nine months will be the outlining of the two Americas. The America of the Declaration of Independence, the America of Saul Alinsky. The America of paychecks. The America of food stamps. The America of independence. The America of dependence.
As Obama embarks on an election strategy that makes class into the pivot of a divided nation, Newt shifted the debate from the pivot of class to the pivot of opportunity. The descent of the Democratic Party into the depths of class warfare demagoguery marks the final phase of their transformation into the Alinsky Party. A party whose sole electoral strategy is its economic divisiveness, rather than opportunity creation.
Gingrich had not only turned a radical left-wing metaphor on its head, he pointed it directly at the enemy and framed the Two Americas as a choice between Alinsky’s America and our America. It is a theme that David Horowitz and the David Horowitz Freedom Center have introduced into the national dialogue; warning early on of the revolutionary left’s exploitation of the Alinsky model and its consequences for the future prosperity of our nation under an avid practitioner of it.
In 2009, David Horowitz wrote, “Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model” which explored the ideas of Alinsky and their incorporation into the battle strategy for radical social change of the Obama administration. Before there was a Chicago community organizer in the White House, a Chicago community organizer named Saul Alinsky had written the map that would take his latter day successor from small time social justice shakedowns all the way to the biggest social justice power grab since the days of Mao and Lenin.
When Obama took office, the bust of Churchill was removed from the Oval Office, but White House spokesman Jay Carney has refused to deny the ongoing rumors that a portrait of Saul Alinsky does hang in the White House, saying only that “The President’s background as a community organizer is well documented in his own books. His experience in that field contributed to who he is today.”
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