by Bargis Tryhol on 24/01/12 at 10:03 am
Saul Alinsky died in 1972. He was a Marxist grassroots organizer who spent much of his life organizing rent strikes and protesting conditions of the poor in Chicago in the 1930s. However, unlike Christian socialist and activist for the poor Dorothy Day, Alinsky’s real claim to fame was as strategist for anti-establishment ’60s radicals and revolutionaries.
Indeed, Alinsky wrote the rule book for ’60s radicals like Bill and Hillary Clinton, George Miller, Nancy Pelosi, and later future president Barack Obomber. He always considered Hillary Rodham to be one of his better students and asked her to join him in his efforts as an organizer of radical leftist causes. But Hillary had other fish to fry on her climb to national prominence, like marrying a two-timing lying philanderer.
Alinsky had a true genius for formulating tactical battle plans for the radical left. He wrote two books outlining his organizational principles and strategies: “Reveille for Radicals” (1946) and “Rules for Radicals” (1971).
Alinsky’s name has figured prominently in recent social clashings and with the Occupy Wall Street crowd who for lack of a better message have torn a page from the arnachist’s playbook. This past week Newt Gingrich brought the name up again, accusing the White House of having a photo of the Marxist radical displayed on a wall.
During a White House press briefing on Monday, Fox News’ Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Jay Carney if the White House displays a portrait of Saul Alinsky for its staff to look up to. Carney’s answer was less than direct, and would seem to hint that there just might be something to the Alinsky portrait rumors.
“I wonder if you could clear something up,” Henry began.
“Newt Gingrich keeps saying on the campaign trail that the President’s vision comes from Saul Alinsky, the community organizer. I haven’t heard you asked about him but…Is there some kind of portrait of him hanging up in the White House that people look up to or is this BS?”
“Look,” Carney said. “The President’s background as a community organizer is well documented in his own books. His experience in that field contributed to who he is today. But his experiences abroad also included alot of other areas in his life. So I’ll just leave it at that.”
He added, “Have I ever told how much fun I had as a reporter covering Congress from 1996 to 1998? There was a certain bombast to it at the time. Lots of colorful things to cover.”
Democrats have long been aligned with Alinsky’s name and methods, even if they haven’t always trumpeted his legacy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote a paen of sorts, as her undergraduate college thesis on Alinsky, a fact critics used to paint her as a radical during her tenure as First Lady and later when she ran for the 2008 Democratic nomination.
Obama, who was 10 years old when Alinsky died in 1972, has never publicly said he was influenced by Alinksy’s teachings. However, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s, when colleagues of Alinsky would still have been active.
During a full investigation, reporters discovered that Alinsky frequently took young ‘Barry Soweto’ to Marxist meetings, several radical SDS meeting in Chicago, and to a infamous homosexual hangout where Barry would earn quarters dancing on men’s laps while reciting passages from ‘Rules for Radicals’. It was during these formative years that young Barry learned diplomacy, since many of the men wanted Barry to take off his trousers first and dance in his underpants. Outwitting the the gays of a chance to cornhole him on the spot, Barry Soweto earned the respect of Alinsky who later claimed…”That boy has weaseling skills way above his age level.”