Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Unruly Progressives [Why itís so hard to make progressives live up to their own rules.]
NRO - h/t The Ace of Spades ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 03/26/2014 6:36:07 PM PDT by expat1000

Shortly after Barack Obama rose to the presidency, the Right became fascinated by Saul Alinsky, and in particular by the philosopher and community organizer’s “Rules for Radicals.” Many on the right focused their attention on Alinsky’s Fourth Rule: “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.”

The strategy of “making them live up to their own book of rules” is frequently mentioned and discussed these days at Breitbart.com, Instapundit, Ace of Spades, and just about every other conservative website and blog.

James O’Keefe, the activist and journalist behind the famous ACORN videos, articulated the approach directly: “The Left doesn’t care about the laws or the rules. They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation.”

Not to take away from O’Keefe’s work, which generates must-watch videos and scandal-inspired resignations with metronomic regularity, but there may be a flaw in this strategy. Ultimately, not that many liberals care whether their brethren are following their own book of rules..

[snip...]

But Democrats are given a wide, wide berth for comments they themselves would be quick to label racist. South Carolina Democratic chairman Dick Harpootlian, for example, urged his party to “send Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.” (That would be Bamberg, S.C., but her parents were Sikh immigrants from India.) Last year, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asked an Indian man at a university Q&A if he was a member of the Taliban.


(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 03/26/2014 6:36:07 PM PDT by expat1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: expat1000

[Why it’s so hard to make progressives live up to their own rules.]

Because they have no rules.


2 posted on 03/26/2014 6:47:37 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
The key is a common set of rules, not rules set by one side whose obedience is exploitable by the other who considers itself unconstrained from them. This is a principle recognized from playground to international war conference, but not, it appears, in contemporary politics.

In a no-rules scenario the side with the ability and willingness to apply the greatest physical violence prevails. Time and again activists on the Left have employed this principle to their advantage. Time and again they've died in droves when they discover to their dismay that it applies to them too.

3 posted on 03/26/2014 6:54:17 PM PDT by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DuncanWaring

They have a single rule and they live up to it every day. The one rule is do whatever it takes to gain power over your fellow man.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 6:55:27 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RightOnTheBorder

Amen
Their rule: Take all you can and screw everyone else.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 7:00:14 PM PDT by WilliamRobert (Obama so loves the poor he created millions more.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

Their rules never apply to them, like tolerance


6 posted on 03/26/2014 7:23:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DuncanWaring
Like the old phrase, "if it weren't for double standards, they would have no standards at all".

The author of the piece is correct in that progs don't care about living up to their standards, but the people do. We need to point out their hypocrisy, their double standards, and their lack of anything resembling morality.

At the same time some of our public figures need to grow a thicker skin when accused of some pretend evil instead falling all over themselves apologizing.

7 posted on 03/26/2014 7:32:05 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

If it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 7:39:03 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DuncanWaring

But the do have rules.... for other people.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 7:39:14 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

“Liberals will deem Obamacare a failure only if it stops making them feel good about themselves.”

There it is in a nutshell. Liberals will go along with ANYTHING, whether it does any good or not, just so long as the FEEL like they are doing something good.


10 posted on 03/26/2014 7:40:37 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

Remember, if you’re not a hypocrite, you’re not a liberal.


11 posted on 03/26/2014 7:41:30 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

Collectivism is all of the values of Judeo-Christianity, reversed.


12 posted on 03/26/2014 7:59:43 PM PDT by lurk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

How about a rider on the next budget bill requiring ex presidents to use Obamacare?


13 posted on 03/26/2014 8:33:52 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson