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Newt needs a lesson about Saul Alinsky (Another barf alert)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jan 23, 2012 | Lynn Sweet

Posted on 01/23/2012 9:47:19 AM PST by KeyLargo

Newt needs a lesson about Saul Alinsky

LYNN SWEET

blogs.suntimes.com/sweet Last Modified: Jan 23, 2012 02:10AM

WASHINGTON — GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich constantly — the latest time on Sunday — invokes the name of the late Saul Alinsky — a Chicago native — when he wants to assert that President Barack Obama is a “radical.”

Gingrich, a historian, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the work of Alinsky, a legendary community organizer in Chicago’s Woodlawn and Back of the Yard neighborhoods and beyond.

With his anti-elitist, anti-establishment populist rhetoric—on display Saturday night in his South Carolina victory speech in which he slammed “elites” in Washington and New York — Gingrich seems as if he is taking a page from the Alinsky playbook.

“Newt’s anti-elitism is so much what Alinsky really was about,” Alinsky biographer Sanford D. Horwitt told me Sunday. “Alinsky was about organizing ordinary people so they could get a seat at the table rather than getting crumbs or no crumbs at all when public policies were decided,” said Horwitt, the author of Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alinsky; jawjutsu; obama; rulesforradicals; saul; saulalinsky; socialists
Headline should read:

"Obama's media mouth piece Lynn Sweet defends Saul Alinsky."


1 posted on 01/23/2012 9:47:25 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

The average voter (aside from us political junkies) probably don’t know who Alinsky is/was or how the dems use his playbook. However, I am heartened that Gingrich does. This shows he will be ready to go toe to toe with the Alinkyites in this campaign.


2 posted on 01/23/2012 9:53:45 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: KeyLargo

Newt must have touched a deep nerve for the Obamedia to start defending The Kenyan this quick.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 9:54:40 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Rep. Allen West Praises Newt For “Standing Up To The Liberal Elite Media”…

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/01/23/rep-allen-west-praises-newt-for-standing-up-to-the-liberal-elite-media/


4 posted on 01/23/2012 9:55:01 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

The lib media is horrified that Newt will go scorched earth, and smoke out Obama’s background.


5 posted on 01/23/2012 9:58:11 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else.)
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To: nhwingut

THAT...AND....looks like the lib media may be scared that Newt will also smoke out RINO’s backgrounds....


6 posted on 01/23/2012 10:00:49 AM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: KeyLargo

Exposing the hows and whys of Democrat Propaganda, and what is behind it, to the sheeple MUST NOT BE ALLOWED.


7 posted on 01/23/2012 10:02:30 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: KeyLargo

“One Alinsky benefactor was Wall Street investment banker Eugene Meyer, who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1930 to 1933. Meyer and his wife Agnes co-owned The Washington Post. They used their newspaper to promote Alinsky....Her series, called ‘The Orderly Revolution’, made Alinsky famous....

A post in 2009 by a Freeper on Saul Alinsky is right on.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2249577/posts


8 posted on 01/23/2012 10:04:02 AM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord)
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To: KeyLargo

“Alinsky was about organizing ordinary people so they could get a seat at the table rather than getting crumbs or no crumbs at all when public policies were decided,”

Sorry but...Alinsky was about organizing ordinary people so that the people doing the organizing could get wealth and power without doing anything to earn it.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 10:08:45 AM PST by running_dog_lackey
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To: KeyLargo
While I am not supporting Newt--certainly not at this point--Miss Sweet's attack is about as idiotic as anyone could imagine.

Saul Alinsky was a community organizer in the same sense as Lenin, Trotsky, Hitler & Obama--a totalitarian minded demagogue, undermining the actual values of a community, to push an unnatural & monolithic agenda.

For more on Obama as a "Community Organizer": Obama.

William Flax

10 posted on 01/23/2012 10:22:52 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: nhwingut
Look at this beauty. Why are most demonRAT wymen so fugly?


11 posted on 01/23/2012 10:29:25 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: KeyLargo
Alinsky Centerfold
12 posted on 01/23/2012 10:33:50 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: running_dog_lackey

BINGO - His is not “Rules for Radicals”, it is really, “Rules for Conmen”

Is there anything redeeming in Alinsky, Obama, Cloward & Piven, etc?


13 posted on 01/23/2012 10:47:39 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: running_dog_lackey

Does Sweet actually want to take on Newt on something like this?


14 posted on 01/23/2012 11:06:16 AM PST by dandiegirl
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To: KeyLargo
“Newt’s anti-elitism is so much what Alinsky really was about,” Alinsky biographer Sanford D. Horwitt told me Sunday. “Alinsky was about organizing ordinary people so they could get a seat at the table rather than getting crumbs or no crumbs at all when public policies were decided,” said Horwitt, the author of Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy.

Well, isn't that special.

Alinsky 'biographer' Sanford D. Horwitt evidently sees his mission as sanitizing Alinsky for his protection (yes, the toilet allusion is intentional) rather than using critical thinking and truth-telling to guide his work. If Alinsky was a champion of "ordinary people", then I am the Queen of France.

I met Alinsky briefly in the early '70s when he was invited to speak at my (small, private) high school. I was not politically sophisticated enough to fully understand his agenda when I was at that young age, but in retrospect the destructive seeds that my teachers were attempting to plant by not only inviting him but also by effectively lionizing him is unmistakably clear.

It's one thing to invite speakers with a range of viewpoints to spark discussion and analysis, but quite a different thing altogether to push his viewpoint and goals as something to admire and emulate (which was clearly the reason that he was paraded before us)...

15 posted on 01/23/2012 11:06:46 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: KeyLargo

Wasn’t quite ready to jump on the Newt bandwagon yet, but him invoking the name of Saul Alinsky when describing the horrors of the Obama Whitehouse got me perking my ears. For a moment he was sounding like he was giving a Glenn Beck commentary.


16 posted on 01/23/2012 11:06:55 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: KeyLargo
Gingrich seems as if he is taking a page from the Alinsky playbook...

As far as the practice of using the tools and tactics and treachery of leftist parasites and their enablers to undermine and sabotage the progressive-utopian wet dream in any and every way imaginable, I'm all for it.

17 posted on 01/23/2012 11:11:01 AM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: KeyLargo
With his anti-elitist, anti-establishment populist rhetoric—on display Saturday night in his South Carolina victory speech in which he slammed “elites” in Washington and New York — Gingrich seems as if he is taking a page from the Alinsky playbook.

I've started using the words "and" and "the" a lot when I speak and write, just like Saul Alinsky did. I guess I too am "taking a page from the Alinksy playbook."
18 posted on 01/23/2012 11:18:18 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: KeyLargo

The author is incorrect, Saul Alinsky was not about organizing the ordinary people to give them a seat at the table. Saul Alinsky was about using groups of people to empower the leftist elites and make sure that the average voter and tax payer DOES NOT GET A SEAT AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE.

All you have to do is look at the NEA, the National Education Association, which, back in Philadelphia in 1970, hired Saul Alinsky to do its organizing for them.


19 posted on 01/23/2012 11:53:21 AM PST by Eva
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To: OPS4
Thanks for that link.

From this article:

“Alinsky was about organizing ordinary people so they could get a seat at the table rather than getting crumbs or no crumbs at all when public policies were decided,” said Horwitt

From the link:

"The first step in community organization is community disorganization (emphasis mine). The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displace by new patterns.... All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new." p.116

"An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent... He must create a mechanism that can drain off the underlying guilt for having accepted the previous situation for so long a time. Out of this mechanism, a new community organization arises.... "The job then is getting the people to move, to act, to participate; in short, to develop and harness the necessary power to effectively conflict with the prevailing patterns and change them. p.117

Bottom line: what the author suggests is total bullspit.

20 posted on 01/23/2012 12:01:44 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: KeyLargo

Alinsky was a genius, and his Rules for Radicals has brought us to the current precipice, which shows that it works.

His power will diminish however, once Newt makes him a household name, which he is evidently intent on doing.


21 posted on 01/23/2012 12:33:36 PM PST by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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22 posted on 01/23/2012 1:19:51 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: rockrr

>Bottom line: what the author suggests is total bullspit.<

The article itself IS an Alinsky tactic IMO.


23 posted on 01/24/2012 9:07:44 AM PST by Califreak ("Burnt By The Sun")
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