Exposing the Alinsky Party

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Editor’s note: To read David Horowitz’s pamphlet, Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model, click here. To purchase it, click here.

“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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  • Newt Fancier

    Communislam is on the way out. I'll miss leftism slightly less. The other stream is marginally less insane.

  • Amused

    lol….Newt's already in the hole .In addition he got Palin's "kiss of death " after dumb remarks about finding her a place in an Admin .of his . You people are grasping for straws .

    • StephenD

      Yeah, that happens with drowning people. Maybe if we weren't in deep water we wouldn't be grasping for anything. Time to clean House…all of them.

  • mandilon1

    Saul alinsky was awarded the pacem in terris award by the catholic church of which newt claims to belong to…previous winners include john f kennedy, martin luther king, and mother teresa

    • Stephen_Brady

      Was your post a Romney ad?

    • Red Baker

      The Catholic Church has sometimes been a useful idiot for socialists. However, Pope John Paul II made it clear that communism was pure evil. And he helped kill it, with help from Reagan, Thatcher and others.

  • scotsirish

    Why does this not bother more people? http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gingrich-flashbac

  • Amused

    …and Newt's BIGGEST detractors ? LOL….all the flack and criticism is coming from his own Republican Party .

  • Dispozadaburka

    Next thing you know Obama will be opening up our borders between Mexico and Canada.
    Tear down those borders!
    Let Freedom Ring!

  • mrbean

    Unfortunately, there are the gutless geldings of the country club set in the Republican Party like Bob "Dead Man Walking" Dole and John "The Fake Hero" McCain who have a long track record of being great accomodators of their enemies – foreign and domestic. They remind me of the guy when the DI slaps him who says; "Thank you sir! May I please have another?"

  • ObamaYoMoma

    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.

    Yet, at the same time, Newt Gingrich like an enormous hypocrite unleashed Saul Alinsky like bogus anti-capitalist and class warfare attacks against his Republican opponent and the free enterprise system. Which is probably the reason why in arrogance he also mentioned the above at the same time, and I can assure you that Gingrich's Saul Alinsky like bogus anti-capitalist and class warfare attacks against a fellow Republican opponent and the free enterprise system did not go unnoticed by President Obama, as it signals that Mr. Gingrich is willing to do anything and say anything to get elected.

    The descent of the Democratic Party into the depths of class warfare demagoguery marks the final phase of their transformation into the Alinsky Party.

    Which Mr. Gingrich duplicated when he berated a certain Republican opponent for not releasing his income tax returns to the public in the middle of January no less while at the same time falsely accusing him of being a vulture capitalist and corporate raider who was very adept at raising money from other Wall Street fat cats and vulture capitalists.

    A party whose sole electoral strategy is its economic divisiveness, rather than opportunity creation.

    In which Mr. Gingrich also employed into his own political campaign strategy in an effort to defeat a certain Republican opponent.

    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.

    He also at the same time pointed it directly at a certain Republican opponent and the free enterprise system simultaneously to attempt to ingratiate himself to less than astute Republican voters.

    Gingrich’s strategy is to turn the Democratic Party’s embrace of the Alinsky model of greed, lies and power into a liability for the left.

    At the same time Gingrich tragically also employs that same model to attack a fellow Republican opponent and the free enterprise system for his own political gain.

    • Russ P.

      Thanks for saving me some time. You nailed it.

  • Amused

    Gingrich claims " I'm the legitimate heir to the Reagan movement " . LOL…..yea Ronnie boy raised taxes no less than 8 times , expanded big government by 18 % , and triple the deficit . BTW what was the Reagan Movement , that the looney Newt claims to be "the legitimate heir of " ?
    And anyone who dont vote for him is " A COMMIE " !

    What a bunch of pathetic , deluded, screwballs Conservatives have become .

    P.S. Saul Alinsky was a truer American than anyone on this blog , and anyone sitting on either side of the isle in Washington .
    What a sorry mess you folks are .

    • voted against carter

      amused,..

      PLEASE remove your asshat PRIOR to posting.

      You are an IDIOT.

      STOP proving it with every post you make.

    • Paul

      Apparently Obama has added $8 trillion to the U.S. deficit, $5.2 trillion in just his First 3 years…and he isn't done ramping up things. While. Reagan, who actually saved us from being killed or taken over by your friends the Soviets…did it while still having to make domestic spending he disagreed with (due to your DemonRat pals in Congress) and he added less than $2 trillion over 8 years. An amazingly awesome good President whose accomplishments dwarfs your understanding.

    • Freedom Fighter

      Oh, you useful idiots, as Lenin called you. You will be the first to be shot. Read history, my friend and you will see what happened. Stalin even had Trotsky murdered because he took another route. All you folks might have to learn the hard way…..I'm glad I know the truth. Sal Alinsky was dead wrong. So was Che…the murdering fool…..You can have it. Me and millions of others will take the Bill of Rights, thank you very much. We will also defend it, my brotherman…..

  • choi

    "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,…"

    IF it does,it's GONE on noon on Inaugaration Day and should be BURNED in the Rose Garden on TV.

  • Amused

    Typical "patriot " eh dimbulb ? Hey , if you want to openly display your ignorance , it's a free country punk . You can be as stupid as you wanna be . I know your bean sized brain must be overtaxed already , but do try a bit study . I know ,I know , you hate that sort of thing , but it will prevent you from making an asss of yourself . I would ask you to intelligently rebut or refute my statements regarding Alinsky , but that is probably far beyond your mental capabilities . So run along little boy .

    • reader

      Alinsky was a truer Marxist. Is the US a Marxist country? Not until the Marxists manage to destroy the Constitution finally.

  • Amused

    Alinsky did nothing to contradict nor abridge The Constitution , if anything he accentuated the right to dissent , the rights of the individual , the right of redress , and the EQUALITY guaranteed by the Constitution .This is something Conservatives in their utter ignorance of their own Constitution , which they prove time and time again with their totally assinine statements ,and of course anyone who disagrees and is not stupid enough to believe their utter rubbish is a " marxist " . If anyone will ever attempt to tear down the Constitution , it'll be uneducated and ignorant birdbrains that are found in the Conservative camp . You folks make William Buckley turn in his grave .

    • Paul

      You are communist, and everything you utter is contemptible 'rubbish'. The Constitution does not guarantee equal incomes or wealth. It guarantees equality of freedom to earn. But you obviously hate freedom, as does your czarist boss who hired you to smear people. Just like Saul-Alinsky….. h'mmmm

      • Amused

        You're a deluded fool Paul .[one of the aforementioned uneducated and ignorant birdbrains ]
        Who mentioned anything about equal incomes or wealth ? I didn't , I said Equality as per the Constitutional sense . nor did Alinsky .You're an idiot and as I stated before , most of you love to wrap yourselves around the Constitution but are too lazy to read it . Or redact it to your own ends .

    • pagegl

      Please find the phrase in the Constitution that guarantees equality. You will have some trouble finding it. Probably because the Constitution does not guarantee equality. It does, however, protect equal rights and opportunity.

    • Freedom Fighter

      Sorry, bud. We are not uneducated, and we are not ignorant. We're just not going to allow the leftists and socialists to keep power in this country, mark my words. It is a destructive philosophy anywhere it has been implemented. It's as simple as that. If you are healthy and in your right mind you have the opportunity to work for your keep. If you don't work and you can, you are going to be cut off. So get to work and let Freedom Ring, my misguided friend…..Socialism is being killed by this current President, which is a very good thing…..To hell with Sal Alinsky and the philosophy he advocated……I'm with you A. West…….

    • reader

      Equality under the law does not translate into equality in any other sense, such as wealth, income, etc, etc. The cornerstone of the Constitution is private property right, which is exactly what Marx and Alinsky were after, and without which liberty is impossible.

  • Amused

    pagegl …….you're a dunce !

  • Amused

    Maybe you should actually read it , especially the 13th ,14th ,and 15th Amendments . BTW , WHICH came first ,The Declaration of Independence or the Constitution ,and which is the foundation upon which the other is modeled ? In addition you're own statement contradicts itself . Equality under the law and Equality as put forward in the Bill Of Rights ,enforced by the mechanism ,which is the Articles and Amendments to the Constitution . Would you care to continue with your game of semantics ?

  • Wesley69

    Barack Obama's training in Chicago by the great community organizers is showing its effectiveness. It is an amazingly powerful format, and the method of my late father always works to get the message out and get the supporters on board. When executed meticulously and thoughtfully, it is a powerful strategy for initiating change and making it really happen. Obama learned his lesson well.

    I am proud to see that my father's model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.

    L. DAVID ALINSKY

    • Freedom Fighter

      We will fight Alinskyites, Communists, and Totalitarians over the Bill of Rights, my dear friend. We will not allow these folks to destroy freedom…..period. All freedom lovers must educate themselves against this recent onslaught of tyranny. They are against private property rights, self protection (2nd Amendment), families. and religious freedom. This is the great battle in the future for this United States, the last great hope for capitalism and INDIVIDUAL liberty. My brother, you are dead wrong….Your side will not prevail in this struggle. Mark my words.

  • Ellman

    The Alinsky revolution is really a counter-revolution. It's aim is to subvert the Constitution and replace it with the Communist Manifesto, to abolish the free market and to replace it with a centrally planned and managed economy, to destroy the influence of religion on morals and behavior, to dictate in minute detail our lives, to punish us when we do not obey, to make individual liberty and property a thing of the past, to weaken the Congress and the Supreme Court until they are both irrelevant and all power is excersized by the Dictator. To what end you ask? Answer: To acquire and retain power over the people for eternity. We have many younger people today who are unaware and uneducated in the horrors and atrocities of totalitarian systems like those of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. If we don't correct the direction of this nation many, if not most of them, will learn first hand what totalitarian regimes are like. Think Iran and Syria if you want to stretch your imagination.

    • liz

      I agree completely with Ellman. Alinsky had totalitarianism in mind for his ultimate plan not enhancing a democratic republic. Get real L. David, you took to this forum to express your admiration for your father which is entirely admirable (at least we know you won't be coming out with a tell all book about your dad). LOL

  • Wesley69

    The Obama regime has, during the course of three years, revealed its Marxist tendencies and intentions with regard to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The problem is that THEY hold the levers of government. They will use every Alinsky tactic to stay in power. Can they be dislodged??? This will be up to the American people, if they are inclined to do so. The problem is many Americans care less about politics and listen to the lies and propaganda of the Liberal Media establishment. For those understanding what is truly at stake, it will take a supreme effort to educate the rest of the people as to how the government is taking away their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.