Obama’s Scandals and Saul Alinsky

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In recent weeks, scandal after scandal has rocked Barack Obama’s administration.  His presidency might be imperiled.

Or it might not be.

Obama steadfastly remains an activist, a “community organizer.”  Nor has he forgotten that which he learned from the godfather of all community organizers, Saul Alinsky.

In his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky writes that the goal “of the organizer is to maneuver and bait the establishment so that it will publicly attack him as a ‘dangerous enemy.’”

Now, given that he is the President of the United States, Obama’s should be recognized by the world as the face of “the establishment.”  Obama, though, does not want this, for to be associated with “the establishment” is to be identified with the status quo, politics as usual.  But Obama promised hope, change, and even “the fundamental transformation” of America.  To make good on this promise, he needs the support of the electorate.  Yet to elicit this support, he must convince Americans not just that he is not a member of the establishment.  He must convince them that he is its enemy.   

More specifically, he must have us believe that it is those in the establishment that view him as a “dangerous enemy.”

Alinsky explains that the term “‘enemy’ is sufficient to put the organizer on the side of the people,” and that “the brand ‘dangerous’” proves that “the establishment” has “fear of the organizer,” “fear that he represents a threat to its omnipotence.”  Once this fear is established for all to see, the organizer can get to work.

Doubtless, Obama did not want for any of these scandals to come to light. Now that they’ve arisen, though, they can be exploited to depict himself as a Washington outsider and his Republican nemeses as “the establishment” that has vowed to destroy him.  Potentially, this strategy trades off short-term loss for long-term gain.

Again, Alinsky is instructive here: “If by losing in a certain action” the organizer “can get more members than by winning, then victory lies in losing and he will lose.”

There is another respect in which Obama will exploit “the crises” of government that the Republicans are trying to expose in his administration.  Rahm Emmanuel warned us against letting “a good crisis go to waste.”  Crises disorganize our ordinary categories and assumptions.  At the same time, according to Alinsky, they both reflect and “stir up” the “dissatisfaction and discontent” of the people.  This is great news for the organizer, for he can then “provide a channel into which” people “can angrily pour their frustrations [.]”

Your average person—the average voter—wants crises resolved. He longs for normalcy, some semblance of calm.   Now, Obama remains more popular than his Republican opponents, and he long ago succeeded in convincing many Americans that the GOP is the establishment while he is their “dangerous enemy.”  As long as they are perceived as “crisis mongers,” Obama counts upon the public growing weary—and frustrated—with them.  At the same time, he can style himself the hero, the organizer par excellence, who will relieve Americans’ of their exasperation by conceding that there are crises and then swooping in to solve them.  Of course, such “solutions” will come at the cost of an ever larger government, one that is even more amenable to his agenda.

But this is exactly what Obama wants, of course.

So, Obama, in spite of being among the most politically powerful people in the world, has many Americans believing that he is an enemy of the establishment. And though all of the crises of government over which his opponents are sounding the alarm are scandals for which his administration is responsible, it is Obama who will be able to take credit for resolving them.  The country has never had a president, and not even many politicians of any sort, really, who were better suited to pull off these two seemingly insurmountable tasks than is Obama.  Why?

That the media continually run cover for him obviously explains quite a bit.  Yet the President’s rivals err gravely if they attribute his success solely to the media’s partisan loyalties.

In the popular imagination—reinforced daily by Hollywood, the media, and academia—the American political establishment remains under the control of whites generally and white men specifically (i.e. “the good old boy network”). And blacks remain victims of racial oppression.  President or not, Obama’s blackness is seen as automatically rendering him an enemy of the establishment. His Arabic name, however, signifies an even wider gap between Obama and the latter.

Republicans must hold Obama accountable for his actions.  At the same time, they must reckon with our current racial politics—and the ease with which Obama, the Alinskyite, will use these perceptions to his advantage.     

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Ahhh…the ubiquitous Rules for Radicals and Obama Inc's bible of record. It is patently clear, since his ascent to the People's House, he uses the rules in every venue, even to the point of incessant ridicule and race/class warfare. But it is entirely the case, even the oh so smart set can overplay their hands, and this is precisely why Obama & gang may very well be heading to pasture, and hopefully to the slammer too!

    The rules are used throughout the left's hegemony, regardless where they are. And a regime gone wild is emblematic of their exposed hand – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/15/regime-gone-w

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It's one thing to be a traitor to your country by shrinking its power internationally, but it's very hard to paint yourself as an "anti-establishment POTUS" when you use the DOJ and the IRS to target your enemies. Then again, I'm constantly astounded at just how stupid leftists can be,

    I fear that I will continue to be astounded for some time to come.

  • thomas_h

    @objectivefactsmatter,

    "Then again, I'm constantly astounded at just how stupid leftists can be"

    And so am I.
    Still, at the moment at least, they are wining.
    One should never underestimate the power of collective stupidity. The power derived not so much from stupidity itself as from it being expertly harnessed by a few intelligent, cynical ideologists.

  • Ted Peters

    The whole problem with the Alinsky approach to politics is that there are no rules for actually governing effectively and no underlying economic theory that works. Ailinsky failed to appreciate soemthing that even Bill Clinton understood, "It's the economy, stupid." Communism failed because it did not work economically. Obama's legacy will fail because Obamacare is economically unsustainable.

  • hikerdude

    Keeping the B.O’s college records in the top secret vault is necessary because of the A+++ he
    received in Akliskyism 101 .

  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    The enabling radical progressives knew that Obama was NOT eligible to be POTUS, he is NOT a "natural born Citizen" and that is why they trained their eyes on John McCain's "natural born Citizen" status taking the focus off the only person in the room that was ineligible, Barry Soetoro. They knew this man was a usurper with NO legitimate birth certificate thus the 3 year delay in forging one. They knew this man's SS# was fraudulent and it eventually was flagged by E-veriy proving it was fraudulent. They knew he needed to be registered with the Selective Service by law if he wanted to enter politics so they fraudulently registered him in 2008, not 1980 like they would like you to believe. Thus they sealed his college records that show he was "a foreign exchange student." Foreign exchange did not have to register for the draft and they are not eligible to be POTUS. Proving all this fraud and criminal activity can be carried out by rookie investigators and rookie journalist. Frontpage refused to deal with this issue. WHY??

    • tanstaafl

      You and I know that Obama is not a natural born citizen. The truth will out.

    • smrstrauss

      The meaning of Natural Born Citizen comes from the common law and refers to the place of birth, not to the citizenship of the parents of a US-born citizen.
      http://www.fredthompsonsamerica.com/2012/07/31/is
      http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica

      “Under the longstanding English common-law principle of jus soli, persons born within the territory of the sovereign (other than children of enemy aliens or foreign diplomats) are citizens from birth. Thus, those persons born within the United States are “natural born citizens” and eligible to be President. Much less certain, however, is whether children born abroad of United States citizens are “natural born citizens” eligible to serve as President …”—- Edwin Meese, et al, THE HERITAGE GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION (2005) [Edwin Meese was Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, and the Heritage Foundation is a well-known Conservative organization.]

      “Some birthers imagine that there is a difference between being a “citizen by birth” or a “native citizen” on the one hand and a “natural born” citizen on the other. “Eccentric” is too kind a word for this notion, which is either daft or dishonest. All three terms are identical in meaning.”—The Wall Street Journal. ( http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204

  • onecornpone

    Your average person — the average voter — wants crises resolved. He longs for normalcy, some semblance of calm.

    Very well articulated – and even John (not so-low-info voter), Q Public will run away from trouble if non-confrontation is an option.

  • Horace

    Obama and his gang are up to something. They brought up the IRS stuff themselves, possibly to deflect attention from Benghazi or just to confuse the Repubs. There are enough dummies on both sides for Alinsky and the person he dedicated "Rules For Radicals" to to come out victorious.

  • Ellman

    Obama: 'It's not me folks who is responsible for all this incompetent and unconstitutional activity initiated by the federal bureaucracy. My job is in Sales and Marketing not in making operational decisions. I have Czars and departmental executives to carry the heavy water for me. Don't blame me if they screw up. Harry Truman was wrong when he said "The buck stops here". I have no time or inclination to have the 'buck' arrive at my desk. I am a Messenger, not an Executive'.

  • Ellman

    I am a Messenger, a Prophet, not an Executive. The atrocities and crimes committed by others are their problem, not mine. I am guiltless by definition. My accusers hate me because I am for the people'.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Throughout his life, Barack Obama has selected his mentors from the ranks of those who despise the United States. His administration, unelected czars, and particularly AG Eric Hold-himself, is cast from his same philosophical Anti-American post-modernist mold.

    Obama's ever-growing catalogue of prevarications — calculated to deceive and misdirect, seem to flow so effortlessly from his and Holder's being, that one wonders if either Barack Obama, OR, Eric Holder knows the difference between truth and the craven falsehood: without which it could be said that they bare the marks of a personality disorder.

    It is stunning to watch Eric WITH-Holder look into the camera under oath and be so wantonly mendacious.

    Unfortunately, it is the fiber of a Constitutional Republic that is being dis-ordered and destroyed by two Alinsky-Cloward–Piven strategists and their cadre of plunderers. – -

    Q: – IS IT coincidental that both Alinsky and Piven received their PhDs from the U. of Chicago?

    Oh! And BTW, Where was Barack Obama during those seven Benghazi hours?

  • guest

    We should hone in on one scandal and one scandal only. Dictators love to cause chaos,.

    So the only question the alternative press and all sincere politicians should be asking 24/7 is "Where was Obama for those 7 hours on 9/11/12 when his Ambassador and three Americans were being killed?" Each time Carney or his goons try to deviate from the question just keep asking it over and over.