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Young Barack Obama worked in Chicago for Alinsky-modeled organizations, was mentored by Alinskyites, and even taught workshops on the Alinsky method. Until he became a full-time legislator, Obama’s political activities were focused on the now infamously corrupt, radical activist ACORN organization, built on the Alinsky model.
Then he went on to run for President, of course; here Horowitz dissects a passage from Rules for Radicals and makes the direct connection to Obama’s successful campaign strategy:
“Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people.” In other words, it is first necessary to sell the people on change itself, the “audacity of hope,” and “yes we can.” You do this by proposing moderate changes which open the door to your radical agendas.
How has Obama responded to Gingrich raising the specter of Alinsky in this campaign? White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a press conference question about it with a laughably oblique non-denial:
[t]he president’s background as a community organizer is well documented in the president’s own books, so his experience in that field obviously contributed to who he is today. But his experience is a broad-based one that includes a lot of other areas in his life.
“What radicals like Alinsky create is not salvation but chaos,” Horowitz writes in Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model. “And presidential disciples of Alinsky? What will they create?” By insisting on invoking Saul Alinsky’s name in this campaign, Newt Gingrich is hoping to expose the radical roots of Obama’s political nihilism.
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