Community Columnist: Taking a page from a familiar playbook

Community Columnist: Taking a page from a familiar playbook

By Gary Meinert
Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 5:13 PM MST

On Dec. 16, 1773, a band of “radicals” calling themselves Sons of Liberty climbed aboard East India Company ships and threw 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor. The act protested the tyrannical rule and oppressive taxation policies of the British Crown. They were patriots and still revered!

Similar bonfires of freedom have begun to blaze across our nation, and this movement has grown to a conflagration not seen in this country since the days of anti-segregation marches. Just as there were those who protested the tyrannical rule and oppressive taxation of the British Crown, there are millions today who oppose the Obama regime and its attempts to transform this country.

The Tea Party movement has grown exponentially. Its members and message have been attacked viciously by the left, its complicit media, and those who are part of the Obama regime. The basis and methods of this strategy comes from the book, “Rules for Radicals,” by Saul Alinsky, a Communist community organizer who died in 1972. His son, David, is heir to his legacy, and in deference to his father, is referred to as Saul.

Alinsky’s fifth rules states: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.

This rule is used to mock, ridicule, distort and marginalize an opponent. It is the primary tool used to combat anything the left cannot win in a debate such as the rise of Sarah Palin and her popularity; the Fox News Network; talk radio; and the Tea Party movement. Obama has been a longtime follower of Alinsky’s teaching and a close friend of his son, David, who praised Obama by saying, “Obama learned his lesson well.” Saul Alinsky would be proud of his prize student.

Using Alinsky’s fifth rule, the liberal/socialists refer to those participating in the tea parties as poorly educated, angry, old, unpatriotic, poor, racists and dangerous. This act of demonizing dissent, straight out of the Alinsky playbook, is the only tool in their arsenal. Rather than debate the issues, demonization, ridicule and the attempt to minimize the impact is used. The latest poll by the New York Times/ CBS show those who attend the rallies are more educated and wealthier than those in the same demographics.

The state media and members of Congress are fanning the flames attempting to link those who attend rallies as racists, homophobes, hate mongers and bomb-throwers. Following are just four of dozens of examples.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY): “The group in Washington fighting against the health-care bill and fighting against the president looked just like and sounded like those groups that attacked the civil rights movement in the south.”

Chis Matthews MSNBC: “What are the tea partiers really angry about? Health-care reform or the fact that it was an African-American president and a woman Speaker of the House who pushed through major change?”

New York Times columnist Frank Rich: “The conjunction of a black president, a female Speaker of the House, topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman, would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play.”

Jason Levin bragged about his “infiltrators” of the Tea Party protests by saying “you might see some of my people dressed in Nazi uniforms and yelling racist, anti-Semitic or offensive comments to reflect on the (true) protesters.” (See

Remember Cindy Sheehan? The signs portraying Bush as Hitler. The film made suggesting his assassination. Remember all the signs calling for his death. Remember the hate speech that filled the air outside his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

President Obama, who one would think was elected to represent all the people, again lowered himself and the office of the presidency to the depths of condescension when on tax day, he marginalized a group of citizens by saying the tea partiers “amused” him. Latest polls indicate that 24 percent of Americans identify themselves with those who amuse him! What a great leader of all the people!

Contrary to what the liberal press and the socialist regime in Washington call them, the peaceful, civic-minded and civil tea partiers are a cross section of Americans who are fed up with big government, uncontrolled debt, rising taxes, decimation of the Constitution, and a president who either won’t listen to his people or doesn’t care what they say. This is a president who is following the teachings of Saul Alinsky, and is currently implementing the Fifth Rule.

The following quotation could have been written by those in the Tea Party movement: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Gandhi

Gary Meinert lives in Green Valley in the winter and northern Wisconsin in the summer. The views expressed are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of this newspaper.

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