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Getting Even

“We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”  …Barack Obama from a Rhode Island speech as reported by the Associated Press, Oct 25, 2010

Obama has always had a knack for communicating with his inner constituency in subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways. It wasn’t necessary for him to add, in the back – of the bus – for a certain faction of his followers to smile and say, Right on brother! Right on! Stirring up grievances, old and new is a community organizers job.

“When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an “agitator” they are completely correct, for that is, in one word, your function – to agitate to the point of conflict.”… Rules for Radicals, In the Beginning, The Process of Power * by Saul Alinsky

Barack Obama has not come to bring peace; he has come to bring change, total change, to transform America. He is sincere. He harbors resentment. He is determined. He is smart. He knows Americans love their country and the complete transformation he envisions cannot be achieved without some pain. The people need to be aroused, to denounce the status quo and to bring change by force because most of the population will not knowingly accept Obama’s transformation voluntarily.

“The organizer dedicated to changing the life of the people of a community must first rub raw the resentments of the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression (sic). He must search out controversy and issues, rather than avoid them, for unless there is controversy people are not concerned enough to act.” and “An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent”…Rules for Radicals, In the Beginning, The Process of Power * by Saul Alinsky.

Obama’s current frustration is because the Tea Party stole the first act. And the only community organizing required was Rick Santelli and his 30 second rant. After that it was grass roots from the heart all the way. Barack Obama is down but not out. Stay alert.

*Alinsky did not number the chapters of his book; so we had to identify the location of quotations by chapter name and sub-heading.



Obama is not a professional politician. He shows no concern for the damage he has done to his party. He has alienated Left, Right and Center. He doesn’t respond to circumstances and events like a professional politician. He neither thinks nor acts like a professional politician because he isn’t a professional politician. Obama is a professional radical.

Barack Obama has led the life of an organizer, an agitator, a revolutionary fighting for a cause. This has been his life. This is what he sees as his calling. He knows how to develop a following, how to work a crowd. Obama is a professional radical. He doesn’t know how to govern. He doesn’t care much about governing. He cares about change. His goal is nothing less than radical transformation of America.

Saul Alinsky gave barely a sentence about governing in his book Rules for Radicals. All he said was that governing was for someone else to do. The radical’s role is not to build, but to destroy. Not to lead, but to bring down the status quo paving the way for new leadership, radical transformational leadership that will emerge. Obama is well versed in radical activism. His associations with Ayers, Dorn, Rev. Wright, ACORN and the teachings of Saul Alinsky vouch for that. Now he’s learning that running a country is not as easy as manipulating an angry crowd.


Rules for Radicals Tactical Rule #4 “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

Obviously, our rule in this instance is freedom of religion.

In Act II of his plan, Alinsky also states the job of a community organizer is to agitate. He says flat-out in the book, – a good community organizer is a community agitator. Get the people riled up, then, use the turmoil to your advantage.


Certainly, the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is no follower of Saul Alinsky. He doesn’t need to be in order to know and employ the principles and tactics. Alinsky didn’t invent them; he simply put them together in clear and cohesive form. Knowledge of Alinsky’s teachings gives an observer great insight into the motivation behind the actions of anyone who strives to change our government or our way of life.

The Imam has chosen controversy. He has no interest in pleasing the crowd. He wants to stir up the crowd. He seeks a victory for Islam and there can be no victory if there is no battle to be fought. Appeals to his “sensitivity” are naïve in the extreme, almost silly. Lower Manhattan is not a haven of Muslims; it is a symbol of free market America. Building a 100 million dollar monumental Mosque in that location, rather than close to a Muslim population, makes no religious sense at all. But as we have said before, it is a brilliant move for the advancement of Islam.

NOTE: We had this article written, all but the editing, when we discovered the video by U.K. personality Pat Condell. We are not a fan of the man but must give the devil his due. So often it seems, those on the outside looking in have a clearer view than those who are within.



Virginia Gov. McDonnell is paving the way for authorizing the VA State Police to check for immigration status when they stop individuals for other reasons. Virginia joins a growing list of States who see the need to step in and act where the Federal government has failed them.

Nine States have filed amicus briefs in Federal Court in support of Arizona in the pending case of the Obama government vs. the State of Arizona. Those States are AL, FL, MI, NE, PA, SC and TX. Five States have gone a step further and have introduced their own legislation in the same vein as Arizona’s. Those States are SC, PA, MI, MN and RI. Others expected to introduce similar legislation soon are FL, TX and UT.

If the first obligation of government is to keep its citizens safe, should not the second obligation be to keep the States United? It is the President’s responsibility to maintain such unity. Obama, however, has brought a bucket of gasoline to put out the fire.

In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky taught that the first goal for a community organizer needs to be acceptance. The second is to agitate. Crisis and controversy are tools to be used to bring an increase of power. Obama is strengthening his position with his core following and shows no concern for the division he is feeding. This is wholly consistent with his Marxist leanings.

Bob B

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Juan and Eva Peron of Argentina were as corrupt as corrupt can be. They enriched themselves by boldly taking the people’s money and destroyed a great nation in doing so. A good friend of mine, the daughter of an important diplomat, was close with Eva Peron. At the time, nothing happened in Argentina without Eva’s approval. When a corporation or foreign nation needed government approval they, on occasion, inquired of my friend to know what Eva would like as an advance token of appreciation for her support.

Eva, or Evita (little Eva) as she was affectionately known, was beloved by the countrymen from whom she stole. It was many years ago. I was naive and disinterested in politics at the time, but nevertheless fascinated by the phenomenon that the more she stole the more they loved her. How did she get away with it, year in and year out? My friend explained, Eva takes from the people in ways the people do not understand and returns small portions with a great flourish in ways the people do understand. Simple.

The following is excerpted (and edited) from a post in Power Line today.

A reader wrote,

“In response to the notion that Obama has generated $20B from BP for US taxpayers, I’d like to offer some admittedly sloppy calculations.

First, you said yesterday US citizens own 40% of BP. Looking at my Schwab account right now (I own BP stock myself), I see their market capitalization presently stands at $99B.

If their stock price has fallen by 40%, that means the market cap was around $165B before all this started — the price of the stock has fallen by $66B. 40% of that loss, or around $26 billion was sustained by Americans if we hold 40% of the stock.

So the net cost of this drama to the taxpayers is $6B and counting. And that is assuming the $20B is distributed fairly.”

Power Line’s John Hinderaker added this comment, (emphasis added)

Modern politics consists largely of promoting the interests of those who are aware they are getting money, in opposition to those who don’t realize they are paying it. Here, I am not sure how the 40% was calculated, but it is likely that most of those who have a stake in BP don’t even know it, because it is part of a mutual fund or pension fund. So the administration can take credit for “creating” the $20 billion fund without worrying about which Americans contributed to it.

The concept of steal with complexity and return with simplicity belongs in Alinsky’s list of rules. But it is not there. Alinsky was not interested in self enrichment. He was a true believer, the ultimate ideologue. He lived for the battle, not for the success he thought it would bring.

Bob B

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The Age of Obama

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest growing labor union in North America and second in size only to the teachers National Educational Association (NEA). While unions like the AFL sit across the table from private industry employers the SEIU sits across the table from the US Government. When Democrats are in power there is but one side to the table.

On May 16, the SEIU and the National Peoples Action (NPA) group joined hands to organize and transport 14 busloads of people from Washington DC to the Maryland home of Greg Baer, an executive in the employ of Bank of America.

Some 500 in number, they trampled his lawn and blocked the doorway to his home chanting “greed”. Mr Baer’s 14 year old son, home alone, was frightened they might break in. He locked himself in the bathroom in fear and called his dad.

The invaders had no permit to demonstrate. There were no police to preserve order. There was no regular press to record the event. That was all according to plan. But there was one thing the organizers did not count on: Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton happened to live next door. She photographed and reported the event.


Ms. Easton asked SEIU spokesman Stephen Lerner to comment. His chilling response was “People in powerful corporations seem to think they can insulate themselves from the damage they are doing,” By that statement he was claiming a right to organize an army to harass and intimidate any business man he deemed to be “damaging”.

The Washington DC police had assisted with an escort and safe passage for the demonstrators to the limit of their jurisdiction. They preserved the clandestine nature of the operation by omitting any notification to Maryland police of the approaching 14 bus parade. No local police were present to escort Mr. Baer through the insult hurling crowd on his property as he sought to reach his son, or to free his property from the aggressors.

Personal and sometimes violent intimidation were once familiar tactics used by labor unions in America. These same sort of tactics for gaining and holding power are among the means urged by Saul Alinsky in Rules for Radicals. Freedom from such tyranny is an inalienable human right. The first role of government is to protect its citizens against attack from within or from without. However, the work of our President was to teach community organizations like the Chicago based NPA on how to gain power by employing such tactics. “Houston – We have a problem”.

Random Thots will have more to say on this issue in future posts. When a union turns thuggish at the same time that it heads the most frequent visitor list at the White House there is more to it than one mangle lawn and one frightened young boy.

Bob B

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It doesn’t matter.

Of course it matters civilly; if wrongs were committed the consequences should be applied. But guilt or innocence doesn’t matter politically because the allegation alone serves the purpose.

In Rules for Radicals Alinsky’s 13th Tactical Rule is “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Goldman has been picked. (If they are guilty, a cynic might say they volunteered.) “Freeze it” means stay on it. Obama is coming to New York Thursday to stay on it. To “personalize it” means getting the community to feel personally harmed by it. You lost your job because of a recession by which Goldman profited. To “polarize it” is to use the target to fan the flames, to agitate. Get the people angry. Get them behind legislation to reform the financial markets. The government needs more power over the financial industry, to keep the cats from getting fat while you are looking for work.

Mayor Bloomberg learned of the intended visit only upon seeing it in the news. He was not amused. But the goals of polarization and agitation were advanced in the process. A good community organizer makes it plain that he is not subservient to the man, not part of the establishment. There is no need to coordinate with the mayor.

Random Thots hopes to publish an analysis of Goldman’s guilt or innocence when more details become available. In the meantime we recommend today’s article in the New York Times. It appears to be a fair and well written analysis.

Bob B

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A cadre of Black Congressmen walks through a gathering of mostly white folks milling about in peaceful protest. The crowd is orderly and of its’ own accord, clears a broad path for the advancing men. But one overzealous individual in the crowd is given to shouting with hands cupped to send his angry message directly at the politicians passing by. He is ignored by them, as they climb the steps they keep a discreet distance from the shouting protester, except for one, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D) MO.
Cleaver stops, steps close to the shouter and confronts him face to face. Now I must say, if a Congressman is stupid enough to go out of his way to put his face in front of an angry man screaming his lungs out at him, he has no business complaining about the natural result. He may have stepped in front of a shower but he was not spat upon. A tourist, looking somewhat lost, was heard to say – “A mad protester and a stupid politician. This must be Washington.”
Cleaver then follows the others, who never broke stride. A single member of the Capital police force, a young woman, trails casually along at the rear.

You have no doubt seen the reports – Tea Bagger spits on civil rights hero John Lewis. Protesters scream ‘nigger’ and ‘faggot’. Police escort Congressmen safely into building. Spitter arrested by Capital Police. Now you have seen the video. Continue reading


Rules for Radicals is the book written by Saul Alinsky, the man who Chris Matthews referred to as “one of our heroes”. Random Thots has just published a review of Rules for Radicals which you can access at the Book Reviews sidebar on our Homepage. What follows here is commentary on factors surrounding the book. Go to the review if you wish to read about the book itself.

Alinsky has been called the founder of modern community organizing. He set up activist organizations and trained their members to follow his methods. The man and his work are pertinent today because Alinsky played a significant part in the early lives of our current President and our current Secretary of State.

No one, including Saul Alinsky himself, would dispute that he was a radical. He reveled in it. His teachings were aimed at how best to bring down a government, in this case the United States government,  to pave the way for a Marxist replacement. We have good reason to explore the fascination Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama had with Saul Alinsky

In some circles much is made of the fact the three were Chicago centric. So was Milton Friedman, it’s irrelevant. Hillary Clinton chose Saul Alinsky as the subject of her thesis at Wellesley College. That could be interesting. When the Clinton clan aspired to move from the Ozarks to DC, Hillary Clinton asked Wellesley to secure her thesis from public access. Wellesley complied, though no such request had ever been honored before.

But you can read the actual thesis here, courtesy of Random Thots. Read through it if you wish. There is nothing in it that merits condemnation. Miss Rodham’s interest in Alinsky’s work was academic, a fascination with a significant figure within the sphere of what she foresaw as her future. Alinsky was aware of her study and offered her a job. Hillary turned him down.

By the time young Obama was recognized as worthy of a leadership role Saul had died. But those carrying on his work invited Barack to join them, and he accepted. It was before his time at Harvard. Obama underwent training with the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organization Alinsky founded in 1940, and which carries on his legacy today. Thus began the community organizing that Obama so often quoted as a qualifying factor in his quest for the Presidency.

ACORN has been referred to as a spawn of Alinsky. I have found no direct connection between ACORN and Alinsky, however as Charlotte Allen reported in The Weekly Standard “ACORN’s founders certainly had Alinsky’s principles in mind when they founded the organization in 1970”.

When you put all we know about Obama together, his embracing of Marxist Liberation Theology, launching his political career from the home of William Ayers, siding with the Socialists in matters involving Argentina and Honduras, quasi nationalization of members of the automotive and financial industries, and a hell-bent-for-leather drive to expand government, one could reasonably assume Obama is a true believer.

That also seems to be the conclusion of T David Alinsky, son of Saul. In September of 2008 The Canada Free Press reported:

In Artful Dodger style, Barack Obama, plays down his mentorship with Communist author Saul Alinsky. But Alinsky’s son, L. David Alinsky, credits Obama for “learning his lesson well” from the Communist guru.

Indeed, Alinsky Jr. who credits his late father for the success of last week’s Democratic National Convention may have done something that Obama’s detractors couldn’t: blown the cover on the presidential hopeful’s communist leanings.

Says Alinsky’s son L. David Alinsky of his father’s influence at the Dem Convention: “ALL the elements were present: the individual stories told by real people of their situation and hardships, the packed-to-the rafters crowd, the crowd’s chanting of key phrases and names, the action on the spot of texting and phoning to show instant support and commitment to jump into the political battle, the rallying selections of music, the setting of the agenda by the power people.”

“The Democratic National Convention had all the elements of the perfectly organized event, Saul Alinsky style, the Communist guru’s son wrote in a letter published yesterday in the Boston Globe.

Reading Rules for Radicals will provide the reader with greater understanding of Obama’s methods and insight into what his goals may or may not be, essential knowledge every voter should have.


ACORN is The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. It is the embodiment of the teachings of Saul Alinsky. A review of Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicalswill be published here at Random Thots early next week. In the video here, Barack Obama, once a community organizer himself, assures members of ACORN that his agenda as President will be shaped by their input.

The Obama Campaign Fund gave $800,000 to ACORN. This is money that came from a broad spectrum of contributors specifically to support the election of Barack Obama. A portion of these funds were then redistributed to the activist group ACORN. So spread-the-wealth actually started before the election.

Bob B

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