A Look at Alinsky’s Rules for Power – EXPOSED
When Hillary Diane Rodham was in college she interviewed Saul Alinsky for her thesis. It would seem that she grew to idolize him and stored it away in her memory bank for possible future use.
As some point during his college education Barry Sotoro also came across the writings of Saul Alinsky. He too was impressed by his ideology and stored it away in his memory bank for possible future use. After changing his name to Barack Hussain Obama he was appointed to the Illinois state senate before running and winning the U.S. Senate for Illinois.
These two individuals driven by the ideology of Saul Alinsky and his writings collided during the 2008 Presidential election campaign cycle. They learned so well learn how to manipulate American voters and one individual eclipsed the other to win first the Democrat Party nomination, then the election and was inaugurated on 20 January 2009 as the 44th President of the United States – Barack Hussain Obama.
Not sitting idly by nor forgetting the writings of Saul Alinsky, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton literally adapted her 2015 – 2016 campaign to the principles listed below. She followed this platform so perfectly so it would seem that winning the election and becoming the first female president was certainly within her grasp.
Rules for Radicals
Alinsky’s Rules for Power
From Rules for Radicals
by Saul Alinsky
Tactics mean doing what you can with what you have.
Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give. Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.
For an elementary illustration of tactics, take parts of your face as the point of reference; your eyes, your ears, and your nose.
- First the eyes; If you have organized a vast, mass-based people’s organization, you can parade it visibly before the enemy and openly show your power.
- Second the ears; If your organization is small in numbers, then…conceal the members in the dark but raise a din and clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more than it does.
- Third, the nose; If your organization is too tiny even for noise, stink up the place.
Always remember the rules of power tactics.
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
The fourth rule:
Make the enemy 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 fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule
The Fifth rule:
Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.
A good tactic is one that your people enjoy. If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.
A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment.
Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.
The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside; this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.
The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his suddenly agreeing with your demand and saying “You’re right – we don’t know what to do about this issue. Now you tell us.”
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities.
One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and “frozen.” By this I mean that in a complex, interrelated, urban society, it becomes increasingly difficult to single out who is to blame for any particular evil. There is a constant, and somewhat legitimate, passing of the buck. The target is always trying to shift responsibility to get out of being the target.
One of the criteria in picking your target is the target’s vulnerability – where do you have the power to start?
Furthermore, the target can always say, “Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?” When you “freeze the target,” you disregard these arguments and, for the moment, all others to blame.
Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all of the “others” come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.
The other important point in the choosing of a target is that it must be a personification, not something general and abstract such as a community’s segregated practices or a major corporation or City Hall. It is not possible to develop the necessary hostility against, say, City Hall, which after all is a concrete, physical, inanimate structure, or against a corporation, which has no soul or identity, or a public school administration, which again is an inanimate system.
Power goes to two poles: to those who’ve got money and those who’ve got people.
Born in 1909 Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and organizer trainer in Chicago. He was a champion of confrontational tactics. Alinsky wrote two books on tactics and a biography of Mineworker president John L. Lewis.
Fred Ross, a student of Alinsky, was a major influence on Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers union.
After reading this article it is perfectly clear that these principles (target, freeze, polarize and attack) can be used successfully against the attacker. When Barack Obama circumvented the Democrat front runner in a run from behind to beat Hillary Clinton in the 2008 campaign to gain the nomination nobody saw him coming and he went on to beat Republican John McCain for the presidency.
During the 2016 presidential campaign Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully using the same tactics against Republican Donald Trump. What she failed to recognize was that political and personal attacks did not hurt Trump and he counter-attacked using similar tactics and failed to realize that she could not out-trump Trump. She could have used a few pointers in Trump’s first book “The Art of the Deal”.
This resulted in Trump winning the election and he was inaugurated on 20 January 2017 as the 45th President of the United States. That should have been the end of it, but liberals and Democrats across the nation plunged headlong into what has been described as TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome).
There was a total meltdown of common sense as marches, protesting and rioting began in carefully orchestrated venues and cities across the nation. The protests included members of Congress boycotting the inauguration, the state of the union address and going full head on in resistance mode against anything Trump. This was a case of targeting, freezing, personalizing and polarizing President Donald Trump.
It also brought into play the First Rule, “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy things you have”. All the marches gave the façade of huge masses of dissatisfied voters, when in reality the voters were what gave Donald Trump the victory in the election.
This brought into play the Second Rule, “Never go outside the experience of your people or the result will be confusion, fear and retreat”. The experience of these liberals is to malign, slander and discredit which seems pretty typical for those with legal training.
The Third Rule, “Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy where you want to cause confusion, fear and retreat”. This works when the target is a political powerhouse who is primarily interested in maintaining enough votes to remain in office. It doesn’t work particularly well when the target is Trump who is not a politician and knows in advance who his enemies are.
The Fourth Rule, “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.” This is where you take their rhetoric and shove it down their throats in spirited debates or through repeated public service announcements or campaign ads. This is where the target deflects or redirects this back in a counterattack.
The Fifth Rule, “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s almost impossible to counterattack ridicule, as it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage”. Hillary should have paid special attention to the word “Impossible”, because once again you can’t out-trump Trump. His counterattacks are instantaneous and very effective.
The Sixth Rule, “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy”; “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag” & “Keep the pressure on”. This rule is a 3-part one, but your people only enjoy using this tactic when it’s not directed against them personally or when they run out of things to say or invent as they try to keep the pressure on. We’ve seen this constantly as the media, television personalities and athletics look for ways to take “Trump speak” to new levels where it comes across as Fake News.
According to Alinsky, “The threat is more terrifying than the real thing itself”; “Development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition” & “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside, because every positive has its negative”; “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative” “Don’t risk being trapped by the enemy by him suddenly agreeing with you and asking what you would do”.
Why else do you think the “Caravan” scare was announced so far in advanced and reported on with daily regularity? Same thing happened with “Family Separations” just before that. And don’t forget the “gun control” and “second amendment” attacks on taking guns from law abiding gun owners.
“Like getting guns off the streets will make everyone safer”. This premise has no basis or foundation as taking guns away from lawful gun owners simply allows unlawful gun owners free reign to perpetuate random acts of violence.
According to Alinsky, “In conflict tactics there are certain rules that should always be regarded as universalities”
“The opposition must be singled out as the target and frozen. It’s increasingly difficult to single out who is to blame for any particular evil”; “The target must have a vulnerability, where you have the power to start.”
“When you freeze the target, you disregard all arguments to blame others”.
“Then you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack. This will bring out all others who are visible by their support.”
“The other important point in the choosing of a target is that it must be a personification, not something general and abstract. It is not necessary to develop the hostility against City Hall, or a corporation or public school administration which is an inanimate system”
This is why it was necessary to personify Donald Trump as the target. Singling out Trump enables the attacking of his person, family, business dealings, domestic and foreign policy and his proven passion for beautiful women. By pressing these attacks (putting on the pressure) the target (Trump) is kept off balance, constantly defending and unable to perform effectively.
Alinsky, “Power goes to two poles: to those who’ve got money and those who’ve got people.”
This was an unforeseen development in choosing Donald Trump as the target. He is not your typical politician. He has no “need” to become president. He already has money “power” and people “voters” and therefore the two poles have come together nicely.
President Donald Trump has been a fighter his entire life. He knows how to scrap on the streets and in the corporate boardroom. Trump is someone who does not fall down without getting back up and when he comes up he comes up swinging.
I’ve written about it before, but nobody counted on the “God” factor affecting the outcome of the US elections. It was revealed early on during the campaign that God had chosen a special man for a special task. A man whom others looked down upon as unsuited to the presidency and who did not know God (profess to be a Christian).
Because God’s ways are not man’s ways, man was ultimately surprised when God chose a “swordsman” and not an “evangel” to become president. In the manner of Isaiah 45, God chose Donald Trump to be an “Isaiah 45” president; a scrapper who would not quit and was committed until he achieved or completed the task to which he had been chosen for.
America must see through the “smoke and mirrors” of the evil one who has been waging a battle against Almighty God from the time he was caste out of Heaven and banished to the realm of the earth. It’s not a battle between good and evil like we are led to believe. It is a battle of evil against God. The outcome has been predetermined and evil loses.
We are in the end times of an earth that is not our mother or has no feelings, no soul and yet is undergoing birth pains (earthquakes, fires, floods, famine, wars and rumors of wars in diverse places). There are many who say it will pass, but they are fooling only themselves.
I ask, “DO YOU KNOW JESUS?” In the bible (John 3:16) we are told that Jesus is the way to the Father God. There is no other way. The time to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior is now while you still breathe the breath of life. It is not by works, but by the grace of Almighty God who wishes none to perish, but that all would live with Him eternally. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Will you accept him right now? – I am the Real Truckmaster!