On page 103 of Rules for Radicals is this quote from Alinsky,
The organizer’s job is to inseminate an invitation for himself, to agitate, introduce ideas, get people pregnant with hope and a desire for change and to identify you as the person most qualified for this purpose. [Emphasis added]
Is there anything inherently wrong with wanting people to have hope and to wish for change in their lives? Of course not, but that is not the issue. As is so often the case with Liberals, their original intentions are noble, but the results are often antithetical to those intentions.
Alinsky proffers this scenario in the context of helping a community organizer to gain acceptance and credibility “without invitation” in an area where he or she might otherwise be shunned. This is exactly the way in which then Senator Obama used his famous “Hope and Change” mantra. An unknown Senator who had spent most of his adult years rubbing shoulders with the type of radicals that most Americans would never, in the words of Sarah Palin, “pal around with” needed an “in” with the common folks.
We then, are not surprised that when Barack Obama finds himself in San Francisco, in the company of his fellow Liberal elites, that he would utter his now famous description of ordinary Americans in small towns in Pennsylvania. In case you’ve forgotten what he said when he thought no microphones were on, here it is:
You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like many small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. (Source)
We also know that he considered his Grandmother’s racism nothing more than the actions of a “typical white person”.
So, how was an elite like Barack Obama going to connect with the very people he considered closer to the “unwashed masses” than to anyone with whom he would keep company? As usual, he reverted to his Alinsky training. I’m telling you, this guy has marinated in Alinsky’s teachings to the point where he no longer needs to think about how to react. His reactions come naturally from his utter saturation with Alinsky’s teachings.
How do you connect with the hoi polloi? Simple, you offer them “hope and change”, and then simply allow them to project their desires onto that blank screen. Once this is done, the only thing necessary to get the people fainting in the aisles, as you read your message of hope and change from the teleprompter, is to make certain that they “identify you as the person most qualified for this purpose.”
And who could have been more qualified to provide America the “hope and change” it so sorely wanted than a first term Senator with no executive experience, no real accomplishments in the Senate, a history of voting “present” in the state Senate, and with a past replete with associations with one radical and crook after another? (And yes, that last sentence was sarcasm!)
Let’s hope and pray that somehow the electorate is not so easily fooled in 2012. The stakes are too high. I for one however, am not holding my breath.