Saul Alinsky's Chicago
Donald Trump needs to be careful. Assassination threats have begun to pile up on social media at a record rate and the left's radical tactics of division and artificial conflict have swung into full force. The unraveling that took place in Chicago on March 11 – just blocks from my own apartment – had the hallmarks of an organized strategy that has defined leftwing king-making since 1971. The tactics are frightening and they threaten to damage our republic beyond repair.
The disciples of Saul Alinsky were young and impressionable college students when he released his book Rules For Radicals in 1971. They've since grown up and risen to the top of our political and social ranks. Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and Barack Obama's White House were all born from the philosophies of the great leftwing radical. The divisions that have lingered and poisoned American culture were supposed to be cured by our great Healer-In-Chief, but instead they've been exasperated. The rules written for radicals, by Saul Alinsky, promote revolutionary social and political change through deep division and resentment. The problem with these rules is that they have often backfired and have seldom resulted in positive change.
“While each settlement reacted differently, in no one case could the Alinsky/settlement interaction be regarded as a success by both sides.” – Social Change: Settlement Houses And Saul Alinsky by Judith Ann Trolander, 1982.
In 1982, Judith Trolander argued that Alinsky's tactics of dividing and stirring conflict weren't successful in alleviating poverty and social crises in low income projects in Chicago where they were tried. Alinsky's tactics of creating “artificially stimulated conflict” have been criticized by social scientists for tearing apart communities that have thrived on unity and cooperation. Often, these communities couldn't be repaired following the application of Alinksy's destructive strategies.
What are these destructive strategies and how were they evident in Chicago at a Donald Trump rally on March 11?
Saul Alinsky was a community organizer and his famous book was an inspiration to America's 44th president, who followed almost identically in Alinsky's footsteps as a community organizer in Chicago before becoming an Illinois senator and then the principal occupant of the White House in 2008. The runner up to replace Barack Obama on January 20, 2017 for the Democratic Party is Hillary Clinton, another adoring fan of Saul Alinsky.
“You are being rediscovered again, as the left-type politicos are finally beginning to think seriously about the hard work and mechanics of organizing.” – Letter from Hillary Clinton to Saul Alinsky, 1971
The second runner-up in the Democratic field is Bernie Sanders, a devoted democratic socialist with almost identical political leanings as Saul Alinsky. There aren't a lot of links between Alinsky and Sanders, except that they both attended the University Of Chicago and both volunteered for the Congress Of Racial Equality at different times. However, it has been suggested and proven that many of the Trump rally disruptors on March 11 were Bernie supporters who carried Bernie signs and shirts and tweeted their involvement in the disruption.
They Created The Problem
“In the beginning, the organizer's first job is to create the issues or problems.” – Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky
This quote from Alinsky's primer could be taken in many ways, from a macro perspective or from a micro perspective. On a macro level, the tactic of creating problems like false gender gaps and racially driven police shootings has been the norm since Barack Obama officially assumed office in January of 2009. Although white-on-black police shootings haven't risen at all since 2008, the idea that racially motivated police shootings are an epidemic has become the mea culpa of “white America”. This phenomenon of excessive media coverage coincides almost suspiciously with Barack Obama's tenure as the 44th president.
On a micro level, the protesters who disrupted the Trump rally created and incited violence that would later be blamed on the general environment and atmosphere at Donald Trump rallies. The very next day, Barack Obama confirmed the Alinsky tactic by blaming Donald Trump and the GOP's tone rather than condemning the protesters who were recorded throwing punches, tearing signs out of people's hands and assaulting Trump supporters.
“This is not about political correctness. It's about not having to explain to our kids why our politics sound like a schoolyard fight.” – Barack Obama, March 12
The schoolyard fight was caused by anti-Trump thugs, but Obama joined the chorus of pundits and media heads in condemning Trump rather than the violent Alinsky disruptors. The oft replayed image of one lone Trump supporter sucker punching an African American protester weeks earlier became the justification for making Trump the lone instigator of the Chicago riot.
The Chicago protesters created the violence (problem), which was non-existent at almost all other Trump rallies without protesters. All – not some – of the instances of violence at Trump rallies have been the result of Black Lives Matter protesters shouting, punching and instigating tension. Chicago was no different. Had there been no protesters violently thrashing and ripping signs from the hands of Trump supporters, there would have been no problem.
The Chicago protesters created the violence. Media and the left blamed it entirely on Donald Trump. As a result, for weeks, the new narrative will be focused on the “violent rhetoric” of Donald Trump rather than the violent actions of protesters.
This problem of violence at Trump rallies that is “caused by Trump” will grow into a larger, macro issue and likely carry into the general campaign leading into November. It will also aid and abet the growing racial divide in America by pitting white against black and left against right. These tactics will endanger Donald Trump, his supporters and even his detractors by inciting anger, resentment and violent outbursts.
“The organizer must first rub raw the resentments of the people in the community; fan the latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expression.” – Rules For Radicals, Saul Alinsky
They Were Organized And Funded
Just minutes following the near riots in Chicago, a group called People For Bernie sent out tweets saying “We are the danger” and “Remember the #TrumpRally wasn't just luck”.
The George Soros funded MoveOn.org released a statement:
“Mr. Trump and the Republican leaders who support him and his hate-filled rhetoric should be on notice after tonight's events. To all those who took to the streets in Chicago, we say thank you for standing up and saying enough is enough. To Donald Trump and the GOP we say, welcome to the general election.” – MoveOn.org
Immediately after the Chicago disruption, MoveOn.org began fundraising off of the disruption and threatened that there would be more to come.
“MoveOn.org is conducting fundraising activities from the Chicago protests against Donald Trump that prompted the presidential front-runner to cancel a rally there Friday, and promises that more disruptions are on the way.” – The Washington Times, March 13, 2016
According to People For Bernie, dozens of organizations made the Chicago disruption possible. Another one of those groups was the typical, habitual political rally disruptors, Black Lives Matter (BLM). Rogue members of the movement tweeted about their successes in shutting down the Trump rally. One supporter, calling himself Jamaal Williams, tweeted a video of someone (possibly himself) looting before the disruption and firing an automatic weapon after the disruption. The twitter account had several references to Bernie Sanders and BLM throughout.
As the general election approaches, violence will become the common response to Donald Trump, not because his supporters are promoting or inciting violence, but because of the Saul Alinsky tactics being used by “dozens” of well financed organizations and political machines that are opposed to Donald Trump.