I know that everyone who pays even a little attention to conservative news and views is probably aware of Saul Alinsky’s influence on the democrat party, but some still aren’t as familiar with another major tenet of the dems: the Cloward-Priven strategy.
This is a slightly different treatment of how Obama and his liberal democrats in congress are currently using Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals along with the Cloward-Priven Strategies to execute an extraconstitutional makeover of the United States federal government in order to redistribute wealth.
As you probably know, B. Hussein Obama was well educated in the techniques espoused by the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s rules have become second nature to Obama, so in order to successfully defend against them, it’s is imperative that we, his opponents, become familiar with them as well.
Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher on Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
- Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have
- Never go outside the expertise of your people
- Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy
- Make the enemy live up to its own book of Rules
- Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon
- A good tactic is one your people enjoy
- A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag
- Keep the pressure on. Never let up
- The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself
- If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive
- The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative
- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
Stop and think. How many examples can you identify that illustrate how the radical democrats use these techniques to further their agenda? I’ll bet you can think of several.
One of the favorite ways that the radical left uses Alinsky’s rules is assassinating someone’s character. They seem to really enjoy attacking their opponents and reducing that opponent’s standing in the public’s eye to one of being practically worthless. This favored activity utilizes several of Saul’s rules starting with rule 12 and continues with additional flavoring added by rules 5, 6, 8, and 10.
Sarah Palin is an excellent example. When she was selected to be John McCain’s Vice Presidential candidate, she became a designated target.
They immediately blasted her with a full-bore application of Rule 12, with assists from Rules 5 and 8. When they targeted Sarah Palin, they ridiculed her, they created an image of a backwoods hick who went to a no-name college and did little more than shuffle papers as Mayor of a dinky small town in Alaska. “She’s a joke,” they said. They pushed that package, over and over, through the bought-and-paid-for OM (Obsolete Media) until the uninformed public became convinced that she was that Alaskan rube that they portrayed. Unfortunately, some still think that’s who Sarah Palin really is.
And of course, another prime example is President Bush; they used the same techniques (Rules 5, 8, and 12) on him. They ridiculed his intelligence (he couldn’t spell “cat” if you spotted him the “c” and the “t”), created an image of a lying war monger, polarized him (he was for the fat cats and didn’t care about the “little” people), and applied relentless pressure to reinforce that caustic image – which in fact, is still continuing to this day. They have pushed the negative lies hard enough and long enough that they have become (in the minds of some) de facto “truths.”
He made the mistake of not fighting back and refuting the many lies that were told about him, consequently his approval suffers for it.
But Saul’s rules are only part of their arsenal. There’s another basic philosophy that contributes to the left’s playbook.
We should look to things that are happening today and analyze them according to the techniques espoused by Professors Cloward and Piven, the two left-wing loony academics who developed their so-called “strategy.”
The Cloward-Piven Strategy
The Cloward-Piven strategy is a socio-political strategy developed by Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Priven (a pair of radical leftist Colombia University professors) and first published as an article in the liberal magazine The Nation in 1966.
It’s a blueprint for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.
Remember the phrase coined by Rahm Emanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste”?
The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into chaos, followed by economic collapse.
It calls for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty“.
If some of this begins to sounds familiar, it is probably because Cloward and Piven were inspired by radical organizer Saul Alinsky.
Alinsky wrote in his book Rules for Radicals: “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to ‘live up’ to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist ‘rule book’ with a socialist one.”
They designed the strategy to create political, financial, and social chaos that would result in revolution, all the while blending in Alinsky concepts to bring about a change in U.S. government. To achieve their revolutionary change, Cloward and Piven sought to use a cadre of aggressive organizers assisted by friendly news media to force a re-distribution of the nation’s wealth – sound familiar?
In the article published in The Nation, Cloward and Piven were specific about the kind of “crisis” they were trying to create: By crisis, they meant a publicly visible disruption in a targeted institution. Crisis could occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention.
The Cloward-Piven strategy’s main goal is to impose new stresses on targeted systems, with the ultimate goal of forcing their collapse.
Something like the recent EBT card collapse?
To that end, they enlist two more techniques to achieve the goal. 1) Organizing previously unorganized groups eligible for government benefits, but not currently receiving all they can qualify for, and 2) identifying new beneficiaries and/or create new benefits, thereby overloading the system.
Collapse of the system is the ultimate goal.
One of the most visible proponents of the strategy used to be ACORN – remember them? Though the ACORN entity is now defunct, the players play on under new names. Their voter rights tactics follow the Cloward-Piven Strategy in order to overwhelm election management.
- They make the system difficult to police by lobbying for minimal identification standards.
- They register as many democrat voters as possible, legal or otherwise and help them vote, multiple times if possible.
- They overwhelm the system with fraudulent registrations using multiple entries of the same name, names of the deceased, random names from the phone book, even contrived names.
By advocating massive, no-holds-barred voter registration campaigns, they seek a democrat administration in Washington, D.C. that will re-distribute the nation’s wealth and lead to a totalitarian socialist state. And now, with Organizer-in-Chief Barack Obama in the White House and the democrats holding the majority in the Senate, they are in a position to exert the full force of both anti-capitalistic philosophies towards their goal of overwhelming the system. Remember that once the system collapses, Obama, et al, will ride in on their white (maybe black) horses and save the day with their new Socialist system.
As part of their Cloward & Piven plan, two of the most cherished concepts of our constitutional republic are under attack.
1. Citizen voting. Democrats have succeeded in eliminating any sort of real voter identification, thus allowing untold numbers of illegal votes to be counted. In a close election, illegal votes could change the outcome (remember Al Franken?). This activity can only continue to fester and do irreversible damage to that cherished right – our right to vote. But when any group is allowed to affect election outcomes by illegitimate means, our rights are in danger. Our next congressional mid-term elections in 2014 and more importantly, the 2016 Presidential elections are both ripe for a Cloward-Piven crisis – especially if the left smells defeat. Voter intimidation, illegal votes, outcome challenges, recounts, and legal action will be used to overwhelm the election process for any race that isn’t a landslide – you can bet the farm on it.
2. Congress. Congress has become an elite hierarchy no longer representative of the people. Too many congresspersons hold their allegiance primarily to the party rather than to the country. The Cloward-Piven crisis strategy is hard at work in congress and is easily detectable in the writing and passage of bills since January, 2009.
Obama and the dems have created artificial crises that require “immediate passage” of legislation which includes their “solution” embedded deeply within a bill so large and complex that it is impossible to read and comprehend before voting. This technique has become the norm for congress. They are spending this country into oblivion and throwing away our rights without even knowing the details – and our so-called representatives don’t seem to care.
If it seems like we are moving from one “crisis” to another, we are, and it may not be by accident, it’s possible that it is all part of a plan and they’re depending on crises to trigger a collapse of one or more of our systems.
For example, events of the past week show that if a national collapse of our EBT system occurred, we could expect riots to follow and that alone could provide president Obama with a “justifiable” reason to institute martial law.
Martial law is generally imposed on a temporary basis when civilian authorities fail to maintain order and security or provide essential services. Martial law can also be imposed when there are extensive riots and protests, or when the disobedience of the law becomes widespread.
Either the President or Congress can declare Martial Law. It is most commonly used by a Governor and in that case, applies only to that state. Martial law is more complex than what I’ve presented here and more information is available here, if you so desire.
True, the likelihood of Martial Law being declared is remote, but we would be wise to consider that it could happen. Military forces could be deployed to subdue the crowds, to secure government buildings and key or sensitive locations, and to maintain the general order, if the President felt the need to do so.
That’s a scary term “general order.” How might that be interpreted? Perhaps like the way that democrats use “interstate commerce” to justify practically anything? Could it be that the democrats will interpret “general order” to stifle conservative radio, the Internet, or any form of dissent? Any bets on how long after that before he started collecting firearms? To maintain the “general order,” of course.
Martial law has been used by governments to enforce their rule over the civilian population. These incidents can occur when the government is threatened by popular protest; to suppress political opposition; or to stabilize insurrections or perceived insurrections.
Some say that Obama is preparing for just that opportunity. I don’t know. I never thought that I could envision any time when a President of our United States might consider such an action, but with Barack Obama, I wouldn’t put it past him.
Based on recent events, we must be very wary of the possibility that we are being prepared for a collapse. We need to be prepared for the chaos that would certainly ensue if martial law were to be declared. Unlikely though it may be, it is not impossible.
Good luck to all patriots – we may need it.