Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Alinsky Connection

Well, my brain keeps up, more or less, but, really, it's just too zany. Suddenly, Obama is a kind-of-liberal again, playing the populist card (financed by Wall Street) to counter Mitt and Newt.

("Mitt" and "Newt" are not especially human names. Where is humanity?)

Newt dropped Saul Alinsky's name again in tonight's debates. So, ignoring the so-called State of the Union, let's look at the "Saul Alinsky" references. Obama, Newt tells us, is a "Saul Alinsky radical."

Me, I hadn't even thought about Saul Alinsky for roughly forty years — well, maybe thirty — but, all of a sudden, Newt is saying Obama is a "Saul Alinsky radical." Frankly, I actually never read Alinsky back in the 60s or the 70s. I downloaded "Rules for Radicals" for my Kindle some months ago, having read about how it was a favorite of Tea Party radicals. Well, it was, fer sure...

You know how Amazon suggests other materials based on what you order? Based on my Alinsky purchase, I was referred to books by Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, and many lesser known crypto-fascists. Nobody on the left (except me, apparently,) is reading Alinsky. The right-wing crazies who gave South Carolina to Newt, however, know exactly who Saul Alinsky (1906 - 1972) was.

The left should read Alinsky. "Rules for Radicals" is a practical handbook on how to organize, and it seems to have been quite useful to Tea Party organizers. I suspect alleged "history professor" Newt never heard of Alinsky until the Tea Party rediscovered him — but the name, however, had a certain resonance.

Saul Alinsky. Do you reckon he was one of them Jeeeewwwws?

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