Alinsky’s Rules for Power – TRUMPED
Exposing the playbook of Saul Alinsky’s – Rules for Radicals
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. Hillary Rodham (Clinton) wrote her college thesis after interviewing Saul Alinsky, whom she idolized and began using his tactics in her political campaign. Barry (Barack) Obama became a community organizer and trainer in Chicago after studying the tactics of Saul Alinsky. Obama adapted his tactics and literally stole the 2006 Democratic Party Nomination and thus the presidency right out from under Hillary Clinton. During the 2016 campaign season Hillary Clinton with the support and backing of Barack Obama and others in government and media used the same Chicago-style Alinsky tactics on political newcomer Donald Trump.
Many are put off at President Trump for his almost constant tweeting. It appears that he has a fetish about attaching monikers or nicknames to politicians who attack him. What those people don’t realize is that Trump is actually taking Saul Alinsky’s tactics to another level by turning them on the attackers. The hunted has become the hunter.
Oh that doesn’t stop the political left they simply must find new ways to attack. So they conspire within Congress using Caucuses and Committees trying to bring down the sitting President of the United States and they violate the Rico Act and more as they know no bounds.
Alinsky devised or identified what he called Power Tactics that are almost impossible for politicians to combat against because of their intense nature. That is why politicians accused of wrongdoing usually resign and walk away into the shadows never to be heard from again.
Alinsky’s Power Tactics
- The First rule: Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
Trump actually denies they have any real power. He doesn’t imply, but demonstrates his power over them and they become outraged. Take the 3+ years of constant threats of impeachment coming from Congressional Democrats until it spilt over into the hasty and failed Articles of Impeachment that were exposed during the Impeachment Trial of February 2020 in the Senate. Many Senators voted along party lines because they simply didn’t want to rock the boat.
- The Second rule: 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.)
Congressional Democrats did not follow this rule. Their grab for power surpassed their understanding of going beyond their level of experience. Many were self-proclaimed legal experts who thought they could manipulate or ignore the Constitution for their desired outcome. They were exposed as the frauds they really were.
- The Third rule: Wherever possible go outside of the experience of the enemy. (Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.)
A huge mistake made by Democrats and the media was to underestimate Donald Trump because he was not a politician. They failed to take into consideration his success in real estate and television. It’s no exaggeration that Trump had rubbed elbows with them his entire business life. He was the one they could count on for political contributions. The elite never balked at photo opportunities with him. They wrongly thought they knew him.
- 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.)
Democrats ignored or simply forgot who wrote the rule book they used. In many cases they made up their own rules. Had they read and/or understood “The Art of the Deal” they might have been successful. Most importantly they never learned you can’t out trump – Trump.
- 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.)
This is where Trump made the best use of tweets, at rallies and during televised appearances his use of nicknames or monikers stick in their craw (you may have to look that one up). He speaks what he’s thinking and is very quick about it.
- The Sixth rule: 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.)
Watching a Trump rally is the best way to gage whether his supporters enjoy his banter or not. Unlike his Democratic competition where there is no “joy”, a Trump rally is festive and joyful. Everyone is clearly having a ball and it drives Democrats insane. Recent rallies have seen a flocking of Democrats coming out in support of Trump.
More from Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals
- 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.)
- Power goes to two poles: to those who’ve got money and those who’ve got people.
- 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.
Alinsky’s Conflict Tactics
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.
- An injury to one is an injury to all.
As I have shown earlier Hillary and Obama have both studied the use of the Chicago-style bullying tactics of Alinsky. They made it an active part of their political campaigns. The fact that Obama grew up and began his community organizing in Chicago is no accident. He was able to actively train many to resist and impede the government and manipulated himself into the very White House he so despised. Once there his mantra of “change you can believe in” became as Michelle Obama once said would be change like you have never seen before.
It’s clear to me that Trump is the master at turning Alinsky’s tactics to his political advantage and turning the Democratic world upside down. To Trump publicity is publicity and negative publicity is something he doesn’t have to pay for but is free to exploit to his advantage.
All eyes are on Trump as he pressures his opponents and keeps the pressure on while draining the swamp and exposing deep state of corruption.
Democrats are simply playing checkers while Trump is playing chess.
Democrats use doom and gloom referring to the Trump presidency ruining America and putting us all in another world war while ignoring the war that terrorism has been waging on America and the free nations of the world for almost 20 years (or longer). It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that America is in much better shape under Trump’s presidency than ever before.
Obama’s Democratic policies have enabled the rise of Antifa and the use of other bullying tactics to alienate citizens and instill fear so as to keep people in their place. Attacks on law enforcement show the brazenness of the left. Homelessness, sanctuary cities and states have led to the decline of a number of American cities.
When Trump and his supporters are attacked it raises awareness and increases his popularity while showing a lack faith and trust in Democrats or their policies that belittle and chastise their voter base who are now encouraged to walk away from the Democratic Party and vote for Trump (every negative has its positive).
Trump exposes corruption on the left and gives people hope and determination to make American better. From the inauguration Trump took words said by politicians of both parties and encouraged them to work together. He agreed to what they had been saying only to have them flip-flop! Like when they said border security was a must, but now it’s fabricated as they try to demonize Trump over it.
Trump has mastered Alinsky’s tactics beautifully as they try to trip him up only to have him turn it around on them.
From Russia to Ukraine, the Impeachment fiasco was like an anvil being held over the head of President Trump yet became a weight they could not hold up for nearly 4 years. Trump did not fold as they presupposed. He did not resign or go back to his millionaire lifestyle as they desired.
What we’re seeing as we get closer to the November election is the fact that Democrats tend to use money as a means to force themselves into American politics. They forget that although money talks, not everybody listens. When ill spoken politicians fly off the handle with belittling insults for the very people they are courting votes it doesn’t end well.
Recent Democrats have done so poorly during their campaigning that it is no surprise that Obama would come out of the shadows to support and give his stamp of approval over a big money candidate who clearly couldn’t make a showing without help. Democrats marginalize huge categories of voters.
Trump tells American voters to come onboard because they matter (A huge difference). – I am the Real Truckmaster!
2 thoughts on “Alinsky’s Rules for Power – TRUMPED”
Quite the engaging read!! Best assessment of how easily Trump has the Democrats in peril! They have no choice but to expose themselves as the liars they are! It’s simply amazing and laughter inducing to witnesses! The art of war also says something along the lines of, “never interrupt the enemy when they are destroying themselves “. Might be slightly off but the point is still made! The Master is at work and he’s doing an awesome job at that!! Great post!