American Elephants


The Alinsky Expert: Sophisticated, Patient, and Practical. by The Elephant's Child

I ran onto this quotation from Andy McCarthy’s The Grand Jihad, which seemed helpful:

It is vital to remember that the president is an Alinskyite, so steeped in the ideology of the seminal community organizer that he became a top instructor in Alinskyite tactics for other up-and-coming radicals. Alinksyites are fifth-columnists. They have, in substance, the same goals as open revolutionaries: overthrowing the existing free-market republic and replacing it with a radical’s utopia. That is why Obama could befriend such unrepentant former terrorists as Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and take inspiration from Jeremiah Wright, a black-liberation theologist.

Alinskyites, though, are more sophisticated, patient, and practical. They bore in, hollowing out the system from within, taking on the appearance and argot of the heartland. Their single, animating goal is to overthrow the capitalist social order, which they claim to see as racist, corrupt, exploitative, imperialist, etc. Everything else —including the cultivation of like-minded Islamists—is negotiable: They reserve the right to take any position on any matter, to say anything at any time, based on the ebb and flow of popular opinion. That keeps them politically viable while they radically transform society. Transform it into what, they haven’t worked out in great detail… except that it will be perfect, communal, equal, and just.

Well that clears up the matter of Obama’s words, where what he says today doesn’t match what he said yesterday, and will not match what he says tomorrow, and nobody ever calls him on it. He is very skilled at the use of straw men (answering questions nobody asked), logical fallacies, and blame shifting, but who notices?



The Permanent Neverending Campaign. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama is out on the campaign trail today to launch a public relations campaign to push the White House agenda. Let me repeat that— the campaign trail. Today he was in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Linamar Corporation.

Supposedly the campaign is over and now is the time for governing, but Obama is most comfortable campaigning. He will be aided and abetted by his campaign organization which has now morphed into a permanent “unrelated” 501(c)4 organization  called “Organizing for Action”, which began last night with SOTU watching parties.

Obama’s goal is not really to promote his agenda, he doesn’t really have an agenda. His goal is to “continue the neverending attempt to paint his political opponents as morally bankrupt, as obstructionist roadblocks to his glorious agenda.” Community organizing is what Obama knows, and what he does. And he will influence minds. It’s not that hard, we do have low-information voters.



Do you wonder what a community organizer organizes? by The Elephant's Child

Voters are curious about “community organizing”. Barack Obama has made quite a point of his earlier career in community organizing, but most people have no idea what an organizer actually organizes.
Iowa Hawk, a brilliant satirist, sums it up:

What do community organizers do?  As you know, Americans today are struggling with problems.  These problems include rising unemployment, energy cost, alienation, animosity, corporations and increased death.  Like no other time in our history, Americans are staring into an abyss of a hellhole of helplessness.  And this is where community organizers like me come in and provide solutions.  Specifically, America’s community organizers:

•reach out and work with comunities in various ways.
•liason with, and for, comunity agencies for service within affected areas.
•fight to make a difference.
•raise awareness.
•deal with community issues.
•when necessary, refer inquiries to outreach coordinators.
•help coordination agency administrators identify and address outreach opportunities.
•model timetables and conceptualize benchmarks.
•issue guidelines for poster contests and interpretive dance festivals.
•gather voter registrations, win valuable prizes.

More seriously, two articles visit Barack Obama’s community organizing from two sides of the aisle: one by John B. Judis from The New Republic, and another from National Review  by Byron York.  Read both articles for some insight into the presidential campaign. We offer links, you decide.




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