Skip to comments.WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Obama's New Rule For Political Civility
Posted on 09/07/2011 8:21:29 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
Original Title: WMAL EXCLUSIVE: LISTEN - Obama's New Rule For Political Civility.
WASHINGTON -- A top aide to President Obama says Americans must decide for themselves how to be civil with each other -- a rather sharp departure from comments that Obama has himself made in the past.
In an interview with the WMAL Morning Majority Wednesday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer said the Obama administration is not going to be drawn into the "gotcha game" of reacting to comments made by Teamsters President James Hoffa, Jr. At a Labor Day rally in Detroit, Hoffa urged the President to use unions as his army to fight back against the Tea Party and "take these son-of-a-bitches out."
Pfeiffer told WMAL that President Obama is not going to "serve as the speech police for the Democratic party."
"What everyone should do is make their best judgment of how they be civil," said Pfieffer. "What I don't think makes sense is to distract from the major issues at hand to try to get everyone to go back and approve and disapprove of every single thing that every single person has said," he added.
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Just the Republican party.
Obama demonstrating his leadership abilities again.
The rules derived after Tucson are as follows:
1. Republicans/conservatives must be civil in the political discourse. Any violent imagery or military metaphors are banned, because deranged people such as the Tucson shooter hear this, and then go out and shoot somebody when they hear Republican rhetoric, or see Sarah Palin’s website which showed targets on certain Democrat congressional districts.
2. Democrats/liberals are allowed to say and do whatever the heck they want, because liberals are specifically exempt from the lessons of Tucson, and the rules derived after Tucson. A derange person would never be inspired by liberal rhetoric to go out and shoot somebody, because liberals are such peaceful people. When a liberal says something inflammatory, we all know these are figures of speech. When a conservative says something, it’s to be taken literally, which takes up back to rule # 1 above.
yep...that’s what “leading from behind” looks like
That's only because we did get him.
Aye carumba! This sure wasn’t the tune we heard after Tucson!
That's only because we did get him.
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His remark is correct. The President is not our daddy. He just needs to be consistent.
"Because someone was actually killed there." is the lefty excuse I keep hearing on that topic.
so I suppose saying something like “Mr. Hoffa, with all due respect, F*** You!” fits the definition of the New Civility?
F. Y. B. H. O.
Just tells you who is running the show. It’s a shame when the president of the most powerful country in the know universe cannot/will not stand up to a 2 bit hood
But Sarah not even in opffice or a candaiate MUST have her speech policed.
It’s not surprising that someone like Obama would reject work.
Not that I expect to see a reduction at all on the games played.
I heard this interview live at 0700. Pfieffer was as slimey as pig s*^t. Would not answer the questions about decorum and completely dodged the obvious hypocrisy vis-a-vis Obama’s rhetoric when challenged. The crap about everyone being responsible for their own comments was made up on the fly as a way avoiding comment on Obama’s silence about Hoffa. Altogether a stunningly weak attempt to avoid responsibility for Hoffa’s incendiary conduct on behalf of the election campaign.
O once again acting stupidly.
Rules for Radicals
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. Those who prefer cooperative tactics describe the book as out-of-date. Nevertheless, it provides some of the best advice on confrontational tactics. Alinsky begins this way:
What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.
His rules derive from many successful campaigns where he helped poor people fighting power and privilege
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they dont have the power to change a bad situation, they stop thinking about it.
According to Alinsky, the organizer especially a paid organizer from outside must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a bad situation. Alinsky would say, The first step in community organization is community disorganization.
Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a mass army that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals.
Alinsky provides a collection of rules to guide the process. But he emphasizes these rules must be translated into real-life tactics that are fluid and responsive to the situation at hand.
Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people.
The result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
Rule 4: Make opponents 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.
Rule 5: Ridicule is mans most potent weapon. Its hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people arent having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. When Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of OHare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the citys reputation.
Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, Okay, what would you do?
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Dont try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
According to Alinsky, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.
Rules For Radicals
Pfeiffer told WMAL that President Obama is not going to "serve as the speech police for the Democratic party." (but he certainly will for the Republican Party)
"What everyone should do is make their best judgment of how they be civil," said Pfieffer (whoever suggested otherwise?)
"What I don't think makes sense is to distract from the major issues at hand (as opposed to what you're doing right now?) to try to get everyone to go back and approve and disapprove of every single thing that every single person has said (a straw man argument consisting of a 'reductio ad absurdum')," he added.
What’s that they’re flinging at us?
There is more than some one killed under Obama and Holder’s fast and furious.Why is Obama not doing a UNITY IN DIVERSITY memorial campaign for Agent Brian Terry?
RIP Agent Terry!
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“A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
I infer from their behavior that Obama and company very much ENJOY both lying to the American public as well as lying’s close cousin, hypocrisy. They are masters at both, perhaps because they’ve had so much practice.
Is it my faulty memory, or did McCain dispatch a talk show host who used Obama’s middle name?? Just used his middle name! No “sob,” no “barbarian.” My memory is that McCain was offstage at the time and didn’t hear the comments, but when they were brought to his attention, that was the end of the talk show host’s affiliation with his campaign.
Obama & Co’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.
|I always do my part to be civil. Wonever anybody says Obamy ain't fit to eat $hit I stick up for 'em. I say, "Yes he is!"|
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Yon Pfeiffer is a dangerous man.
Since Americans can expect zer0 protection and zer0 information from zer0 and BigSis (imho) each of us should raise our level of alert and Be Prepared. Stay Safe Everyone, and please say a Prayer for Peace.
Leading from his
butt rear again.
Good One. I also like the picture in Post 33
Bring it, you
communist socialist union douchebags.
He’s not even voting ‘present’ on the issue.