Dear Leader didn't come up with this on his own. Don't get me wrong, he's a clever guy and he, like many other politicians, knows how to work a crowd. He followed in the footsteps of Saul Alinsky (CLICK HERE FOR WIKIPEDIA BIO), who was the true pioneer in community and labor organizing in Chicago.
Lest you think that Dear Leader was the only one who followed the Alinsky Method (CLICK HERE) for another interesting, if slightly tangental view featuring now SecState Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. One might say that Obama out-Alinsky'd Clinton in the 2008 presidential election.
Saul Alinsky wrote a classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals, in 1971. (CLICK HERE FOR REFERENCE)
"Through a process of combining HOPE and RESENTMENT, the organizer tries to create a 'mass army' that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, service groups, labor unions, corner gangs and individuals."- Alinsky
- Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.
- Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear and retreat.
- Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear and retreat.
- Make opponents 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.
- Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It's hard to counterattack ridicule and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
- 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
- A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues
- Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. (cause the opposition to react to your advantage)
- The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.
- 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?"
- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don't try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame
Review the Charles Gibson interview of Governor Palin...right out of the playbook.
Review the Tina Fey skits from Saturday Night Live of Governor Palin and Senator Hillary Clinton. (Does Rule # 5 and # 11 ring a bell?)
Watch and see how Dear Leader wiggles and obfuscates to try and distance himself from the ACORN scandal. Watch how he and his operatives work diligently to damage James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. They have to "personalize" the attacks on the young investigative reporters and through that process to deflect criticism from ACORN, Dear Leader's cornerstone for the change he wishes to bring to America.