Obama’s Alinsky Tactics Go into Overdrive

In back-to-back interviews with a pair of Spanish-language television networks last Wednesday, Barack Obama expressed confidence that an immigration-reform bill—i.e., a path-to amnesty for 10 to 20 million guaranteed Democratic voters—could be passed “certainly before the end of the summer.” The following day, Obama surrounded himself with surviving relatives of the Newtown massacre victims and issued a renewed call for “common-sense” gun-control measures that purportedly would save many innocent lives. Also on Thursday, our busy-as-a-beaver president signed an executive order establishing a special commission “to improve the voting experience in America,” particularly as regards such issues as the voter-ID requirements which Obama and his Justice Department view as discriminatory measures designed to disenfranchise African Americans.

So many crusades, so little time. One day it’s voting rights; the next day, gun control and immigration reform; then health care; then student loans; then climate change; then oil drilling; then the coal industry; then gay marriage; then minimum-wage and living-wage laws; then a brain research initiative. And of course, every so often we are treated to presidential sermons about the need for tax hikes on the loathsome “corporate-jet owners,” “fat-cat bankers,” and “millionaires and billionaires” who are “sitting pretty” at “the very top” of the economic hierarchy, largely as a result of their “breathtaking greed.”

The Washington Free Beacon notes precisely the same type of “hyperactivity” in the daily doings of the new big-money, pro-Obama advocacy group, Organizing for Action. “Not a day goes by without this grassroots organization inserting itself into another policy dispute,” observes the Beacon. “First it was the debate over gun control. Then Organizing for Action said it would become involved in the immigration debate. After that, the group banged the drum for legislation to reduce carbon emissions. And after that, Organizing for Action suddenly discovered a passionate interest in an obscure campaign finance battle in New York state that has nothing to do with the president’s agenda.”

So, what’s up with this merry-go-round of issues, crises, and calls-to-action? Above all, it is vital to understand that none of this “hyperactivity” is random or accidental. Every single, solitary bit of it has been carefully planned and orchestrated by Obama and his political allies, for the purpose of advancing the transformational change the president so zealously seeks to impose on America by means of the tactics taught by the late, famed godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky.

When Obama was coming of age as a socialist community organizer in Chicago, he was mentored by people who themselves had been trained at the Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation. Later on, Obama himself taught workshops on the Alinsky method. Alinsky was a communist fellow-traveler who helped establish the tactics of infiltration that have become central to left-wing activism in recent decades. In the Alinsky model, “community organizing” is a euphemism for “revolution” promoting the systematic redistribution of wealth and power, and the radical transformation of America’s social and economic structure. But Alinsky’s brand of revolution is not characterized by dramatic, sweeping, overnight changes. Rather, Alinsky advised organizers and their disciples to quietly, subtly gain influence within the decision-making ranks of existing institutions such as churches, schools, media outlets, labor unions, and political parties—and to remake them gradually and incrementally, as insiders.

Foreshadowing Obama, Alinsky despised “the larcenous pressures of a materialistic society,” preferring instead a socialist alternative that would place “human rights far above property rights” while “fight[ing] conservatives” and all their “privilege and power.” Moreover, Alinsky exhorted left-wing radicals to help society “advance from the jungle of laissez-faire capitalism to a world worthy of the name of human civilization,” where “the means of production will be owned by all of the people instead of just a comparative handful.”

Understanding the limits of the human attention span, Alinsky emphasized how vital it was for radical organizers to focus on multiple issues and adopt multiple approaches, just as we see Obama doing today. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag,” Alinsky wrote. “Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time … New issues and crises are always developing…” “Keep the pressure on,” he continued, “with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

Toward that end, Alinksy advised radical organizers to be sure that they always kept more than one “fight in the bank”—i.e., a stockpile of varied crusades to which they could instantly turn their attention at a moment’s notice. These “fights in the bank” work synergistically, Alinsky explained, serving to prevent one another from going “stale” as a result of excessive public exposure. “Multiple issues mean constant action and life,” he said.

This, in a nutshell, is why Barack Obama is constantly shifting our attention from one issue to another, to another, to another, to another. The Alinsky disciple learned his lessons well. It’s that simple.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Well, as expressed on many occasions, leftist dogma is the same world over. In fact, "The One" fielded his "Alinskyite" tactics while in Israel, about 2 weeks ago – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/24/the-convergen

    Yes, THAT leftist dogma, via Rules For Radicals – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

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

    • Asher

      Yes, the Radicals are obsessed with Destruction of normal productive people!

  • truebearing

    This hyperactivity allows the radical Left to keep setting the agenda, while the Right is constantly defending itself, like some kind of career criminal. It is also intended to create "outrage fatigue" among conservatives. Lastly, the constant radical positions taken by the Left tend to move the center farther left if for no other reason than the relentless repetition of radical thinking.

    The Right needs to set an offensive and defensive agenda, and stick with it, but not one where the goal is to just win the next election. The Left plots, schemes, and plans for years, even decades, into the future. Their penultimate goal is to destroy the Right, which ensures their ultimate goal: totalitarian power. The Right needs to destroy those who would destroy them. It is basic survival, and not being afraid to speak the unvarnished truth would be the antidote to Alinsky's lies and the garrote of political correctness.

    The Right needs to accept the irony that in order to defeat the collectivists, we have to work collectively on a long range plan, with tireless dedication and a pragmatism that transcends individual egos.

    • Asher

      Their motto is continually attack your opponent, never give them a chance to take a breath!

      • Choi

        The Left calls it "constant struggle"

    • Don L

      The rights' only agenda is to continue co-owning the ruling class power in Washington. Actually it is never risking losing their never-changing lucrative lifestyles, just to defend freedom, the constitution, or the simple working man and his family. Nothing else explains their default unwillingness to get tough and fight like Hades to preserve the America so many have voluntarily died for.
      I prefer the honesty of the morally corrupt left (while loathing their evil) than the faux pretense of the morally corrupt "us too" right.
      They don't hate the "Tea Party" and the little guy actually deciding who plays and who wins without a default self-preserving reason.
      Karl Rove is the hit man to their own party –the Rino's are their true soul.Ignore completely what they say and stop scratching your head in wonder at what they do. The are merely co-rulers.

    • Sandi

      It's sad to say but it's already to late. The right knew what was going on 20 to 30 years ago and did nothing about it and now the left has taken over everything they set out to. Anything the right trys to do now is quickly stamped out by the media ect…They make the right and the Tea Party out to be a joke. They steal the elections, What the HELL can we do now?

      • DebbieOhio912

        So we should just give up? This is an attitude that we CANNNOT allow ourselves to have. LIke Truebearing says above, we need to work "collectively" and match every every leftist move that's made. Yes, it's tiring, frustrating, and discouraging.
        Also, don't shortchange yourself, Sandi. I think the Tea Party movement has had an impact that no one expected, even Obama. We are his only foil.

  • EthanP

    Thanks: Not enough attention is paid to the Alynskiite evil of this regime.

  • rktman

    And the sheeple follow mary along bleating all the way. What the heck became of self reliance and pride in doing the right thing? I guess it's been supplanted by doing the "left" thing. The radical left wing extremist demokkkrat scumbag socialists are not a boon to this country. They are the bane to us, the law abiding victims.

  • Ben Jabo

    Obama never mentions the 47 million people receiving foodstamps, or his utter failure to produce the jobs he had promised
    One more thing, he promised to cut the deficit in half during his first terrms, instead he doubled it

    Watch the right hand, while the left hand is deceiving you

  • patron

    "a world worthy of the name of human civilization, where the means of production will be owned by all of the people instead of just a comparative handful."

    ie A half of dozen bums forcing there way into your home off the street to eat all your food, steal all your stuff, gang rape your family, and then leave to descend on their next patsy.

    • kasandra

      You've got to admit, it's pretty amusing that the quoted passage came from a guy who worked for Frank Nitti.

  • john


    • objectivefactsmatter


      If you refuse to take the lessons to learn to swim, don't blame the teacher.

  • john

    There must be some conservatives with enough wealth to make a block buster movie exposing the american lefts past present and over all agenda — There certainly is enough of the other kind of movies out there that joe public is innocently buying tickets to go see and be infected by .

  • Chanameel

    "Lest we forget an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical…..

    The very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment…

    and did so, so effectively, that he at least won his own kingdom. – Lucifer."

    Dedication – Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky Crisis strategy, Science of Victimology (Islam)

    • john

      Exactly the stuff that the majority of Americans know nothing about , but should – and never will .

  • taqiyya

    "no-drama obama"

  • Jack

    The media are always looking for the next "big" story to attract readers/viewers and these tactics both serve and detract the media which in turn distracts the public from what everyone should have been watching; such as the most imperialistic President since FDR in their socialization of America–much by un-noticed Executive Decrees and appointments solidifying the base of the Socialist State in which we now live. They don't even have to compromise now.

    The conservatives of today are the liberals of 60 years ago.

  • LindaRivera

    Homeland Security insider warns orchestrated collapse of U.S. dollar 'has begun' April 02, 2013

    The countdown clock is ticking as the insanely evil cabal known as the "global elite" prepares its final moves for a complete world takeover. As relayed by Canada Free Press (CFP), an insider at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is America's very own reanimation of the Nazi SS, recently delivered an ominous warning that America's days are numbered, and that Americans basically need to ready themselves for the worst, which is yet to come.

    Not only is a complete collapse of the U.S. dollar on the very near horizon, according to the unnamed source, but a single, uniform currency system is already in the works to take its place. All that needs to happen now is for the final hammer to drop, so to speak, an event to truly shake the people and wake them out of their drunken, entertainment-imbibed stupors. But when this finally happens, it will already be too late for anyone to actually do anything about it.

    "The first shots in a global economic takeover were fired in Cyprus," explains Doug Hagmann from CFP about the situation as it is currently playing out. "It is a plan for a one world Communist economy where the 'middle class' will be wiped out through a series of events that will have the same ultimate effect as we are seeing in present day Cyprus."… http://www.naturalnews.com/039744_US_dollar_colla

  • Bert

    I recall that too many Americans were oblivious to the extreme corruption of Bill Clinton even back then. Too many were asleep in the 2008 campaign when all the signs of the Obama danger were already clear. In theory a strong Republican campaign to use Alinsky tactics on Obama might have worked because he is vulnerable to being exposed over major scandal every week. I feel that Obama is less interested in transforming America than in destroying America to pave the way for an Islamic outcome under Sharia Law. Unfortunately most Americans cannot bring themselves to believe that our "beloved" President is a diabolical enemy within our gates.

    • john

      Need the movie that starts off with '' based on the true story '' other wise not even a billion Frontpages will matter – movies are the medium to get stuff like that out in the light .

  • Horace

    John Perazzo is exactly right it is total action on the left that is moving it "forward". Alinsky was a Communist. Alinsky's greatest concept was and is that you can't get away with admitting that you are a Communist in the USA, but you can be a Communist as much as you can get away with-which is more and more every day since they control the media and the schools. The Alinsky/Obama-ites are in the driver's seat now and we have buffoons like McCain and Boehner waffling and taking up valuable space. The Commies had pretty well wormed themselves into the US government in the 30's, 40's, and 50's . They demonstrated a powerful ability to destroy anyone who outed them – Joe McCarthy for example, whose name is still synonymous in the lefty media with unfair squealing on entrenched true leftist subterfuge. McCarthy has been exonerated by the opening of the Soviet and Stasi files proving he was right on. The left media ignores this as hard as they can. The dream of these crypto-commies is to restablish Communism with America in the leadership role.

  • Marvin Fox

    The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution, and the revolution is about power. Multiple important issues are simultaneously being presented to keep most of the American people busy on an issue of particular interest to themselves. That takes their attention form the several issues being used to divide the attention of a nation. That makes the entire agenda easier for a dedicate cadre of operatives to present a bogus consensus on each of the issues to accomplish a legislative success.
    It will be good for whoever addresses this socialist tactic and develops a parliamentary procedure requiring a specific time and an orderly debate on the merits of each issue within that orderly framework. That will give everyone a chance to pay attention to each of the many issues and make a considered judgment of them.
    Marvin Fox

  • tanstaafl

    I guess I gotta read that damn book…….

  • DebbieOhio912

    My boss went to Columbia. Hmmmmm…..that explains it.

  • Flagwavingidjit

    Wow, I was curious to learn about Alinsky, and it seems like I found the breeding ground for crazies!

    Every comment on this page is what I would expect from people who sit in their basements coming up with conspiracy theories all day.

    All your points go off on tangents that aren't pertinent or make no sense at all. You smear the name of all good right wing people all over the world with your nonsensical fears and anger. Enjoy the bottom of the barrel in 2016.

  • Queers_For_Palestine

    yeahhhhh, go Barack Obama. alinsky is the only God I know that existed. transform America, change America, bring down America. secretly and quietly keep the Mexican borders unchecked and allow illegal Muslims into America so that their communities can grow and grow and grow, after sometime they will out power the Israeli lobby and help control policy in America. to successfully change America,,you must destroy it to rebuild it. you go Obama, this is why I voted for you. and so you can secretly help destroy Israel thru turning other nations even more against it and isolating them even more and eventually pressure them into making decisions that keep bringing the Palestinians closer and closer to Israelis soooooooooooooooooooo they can eventually smash all the Jews living inside that homophobic country. this is the Chicago Obama I remember from the pro Palestinian rallies in the late 80.s early 90’s that Ivoted for. Israeli society is exactly the same as American society, destroy them both and change it physically not just theoretically. long live king Obama, you are god-sent

    • ExQueerkiller 4America

      anti semitic much? isn’t a phobia a fear of sth? who’s afraid of gays??? how absurd