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I was eight years old when Paul Harvey spoke these words. It’s uncanny how true they are of the world we live in today…

“If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. Wit…h the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’
And then I’d get organized.  I’d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed.  And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame.  If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress.  And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct.  I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be.  And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.  In other words, if I were to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing.  Paul Harvey, good day.”

Of Alinsky, Twitter, and Hashtags

Posted: March 25, 2012 in Politics

President Barack Obama’s genius marketing team has come up with no less than three Twitter hashtags over the past week in an attempt to get his message out. Conservatives, and probably many Democrats who are fed up with “hope and change”, took over all three using a tactic that very few of us had ever heard of prior to 2007. We are beating them at their own game. And it drives them nuts. If you don’t think so, try to have a civil discussion with some Leftist on Twitter like I did today. Nothing but name-calling and profanity, and ultimately the race card. Because I’m white. It didn’t end well for the other guy. I didn’t have to lower myself to profanity or name calling. It was clear who was the racist in the conversation, and it wasn’t this southern white woman.

In his book Rules for Radicals (which, by the way, is dedicated to Lucifer), Saul Alinsky taught the political left, the ‘have-nots’, of America how to take away from the ‘haves’. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting whatever he believed to be wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have the power to change a 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 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. This, my fellow Americans, is who was elected President in 2008. Barack Obama promised ‘hope and change’. It was a clever marketing slogan; it was vague, but it was catchy. And it worked. People, especially young people, read into it whatever ‘hope’ and ‘change’ meant to them. Obama was ‘cool’. Obama was ‘hip’. Obama was ‘one of us’. America fell for it hook, line, and sinker. And the plan to ‘fundamentally change’ a once great nation roared into action.

No one listened to those of us who were screaming about his radical past or his equally radical present. He was Obama, the healer of the world. Anyone who dared to question him was just a racist (Alinsky Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it). No one would answer legitimate questions about his true intentions, his worldview (Alinsky 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?”).

Obama preys upon the racial wounds that he promised to heal (Alinsky Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat). He purposely does just the opposite to anyone who opposes his policies (Alinsky Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat). As the infamous quote goes ‘never let a crisis go to waste’.

Ah, but Obama didn’t plan on Conservatives using his own playbook against him. I guess he really believed that we were stupid. He didn’t, and doesn’t, know who he is up against. We have learned to play the game, and we have learned well. Just check out the #gen44 hashtag on Twitter (Alinksy Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage). Or you could do a search for the hashtag #ilikeobamacare (Alinsky Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”).

And we can thank Obama’s campaign team, the ones who shined him up and packaged him to the world just four short years ago, for continuing to come up with new hashtags for Conservatives on Twitter to hijack (Alinsky Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues). It seems that maybe they aren’t as smart as they think they are.

Bring it on, OFA. We’re waiting. See you on Twitter.