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 “No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.” 

 “Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it.” 

 “You know why there’s a Second Amendment? In case the government fails to follow the first one.” 

 “Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom.” 

 “Ronald Reagan was the greatest president of the twentieth century.” 

“Our founding fathers never intended that Congress be a career.”

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No Image Available A Handbook for Seminary...
1|14|M|25 There are now over 250 theological seminaries in the United States and Canada. Leading these diverse institutions is a...
Seminary G. Douglass Lewis (Editor), Lovett H. Weems Jr. (Editor)
No Image Available A History of Judaism... Bernard Martin Daniel Jeremy Silver
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1|1|C|8 According to author and radio personality Hewitt, Mitt Romney-billionaire venture capitalist, consummate family man, gifted and media-savvy politician-would be...
American government Hugh Hewitt
No Image Available A Nation of Sheep
15|4|C|6 In A NATION OF SHEEP, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano frankly discusses how the federal government has circumvented the Constitution...
American government Andrew P. Napolitano
No Image Available A Short History of...
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American History John A. Garraty
No Image Available A Simple Government: Twelve...
15|3|C|6 "We need a simple government. Don't get me wrong; I know that many of the nation's problems are highly...
Presidential Politics Mike Huckabee
No Image Available Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial...
6|3|L|45 Abraham Kuyper (1837 - 1920) is a significant figure in the history of the Netherlands and one of the...
Calvinism James D. Bratt
No Image Available Acts: Chapters 15-28
1|1|R|5 Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding...
Acts, New Testament J. Vernon McGee
No Image Available America the Beautiful: Rediscovering...
14|1|R|5 A Note from the Author I believe in America, from George Washington to Alexis de Tocqueville to Abraham Lincoln....
American government Ben Carson M.D. (Author), Candy Carson (Contributor)
No Image Available American Medicine in Transition,...
1|1|C|40 Haller analyzes the growing pains of American medicine----the conflicts between old and new practices, their resolution, compromise, or stalemate.
American Medicine John S. Haller, Jr.
No Image Available Autobiography of Lyman Beecher:...
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American Christianity Barbara M. Editor Cross (Editor)
No Image Available Battle Cry of Freedom;...
1|1|L|25 James M. McPherson James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University....
Civil War James M. McPherson
No Image Available Big Russ and Me,...
1|2|C|6 "The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t...
American Memoirs Tim Russert
No Image Available Book of Common Prayer,...
1|1|R|10 This is the standard Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of...
American Christianity Church Publishing
No Image Available Christianity in Late Antiquity,...
8 | 3 | R | 30 Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects primary sources of the...
Bart D. Ehrman (Editor), Andrew S. Jacobs (Editor)

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Saul Alinsky’s 12 Rules for Radicals…

Here is the complete list from Alinsky.

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.

Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.

It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”

Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

What is REALLY interesting is that Saul Alinsky died in 1972, almost 50 years ago…

So, these political tactics are, at a minimum, fifty years old.  They were designed to deal with a political situation in existence during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s – a world totally different from today.  Yet, many activist groups laud these tactics without realizing their in-appropriateness in the 2020 world.What Alinsky, and his followers, failed to comprehend is that they created a whole generation of people who cannot see beyond screaming criticism and offer any modern day solutions to social problems beyond a social shift to the hungry and dreary world of socialism/communism – something they definitely do not actually want to happen.The counter reaction to this situation has been the rise of the humongous populist movement that elected Donald Trump.  This group doesn’t put up with Alinsky-like nonsense.  They outnumber the Alinski-ites 100,000 to 1. 

 

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