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Friday, September 4, 2009
Who's Exploiting the Children?
Topic: Horowitz

NewsReal joins the right-wing freak-out over a speech by President Obama to schoolchildren with a Sept. 3 post by Joseph Klein:

The Obama forces are getting desperate.  They are using Saul Alinsky’s tactics for radicals against sincere Americans concerned with the direction in which Obama is taking the country.

This is right out of Alinsky Rules Eight and Twelve:  “Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize…Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.”

[...]

The President is also hoping to influence voters through their children.  This is a version of Alinsky’s Rule Eight – “As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.” The children are Obama’s new flank, as he delivers a broadcast live via the White House’s Web site to the nation’s school children just a day before his address to Congress.

Schools are being strongly encouraged to have their students watch the speech and have been given training materials to use with the kids as a follow-up.  Students will be asked to ponder such questions as:  “What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?”

With their parents watching the President’s prime time speech on health care the following night, will it be a mere coincidence if their kids start bugging them about what they plan to do to help the President?

It looks like Obama is adding another rule to the Alinsky set: ”Exploit the children to sell your arguments.”

Before Klein goes off the deep end with this, he might want to see what his boss, David Horowitz, is up to:

Americans - your friends and neighbors - do not fully realize the radical changes Barack Obama and the socialists in Congress are foisting upon our way of life!

But you do. And I do as well. Today the Obamaites, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, Harry Reid - the small but powerful group of left-wing radicals who are at the controls of this transformation are all disciples of the 1960s radical Saul Alinsky. Alinsky's book, Rules for Radicals, was the Little Red Book for the college radicals of the 1960s. I know, I was one of them.

[...]

I am writing a new booklet that I must blanket on college campuses as the new school year starts. This booklet - "Alinsky's Rules for Obama's Radicalism" - paints a clear picture of Barack Obama's agenda for our nation. And we have prepared an advertisement to run in papers around the country calling on Americans to derail this train before it's too late.

I urgently need your support. Will you help the Freedom Center with a contribution of $25, $50 or $100 would help lift us out of our budget emergency; $1,000 would be a terrific aid to getting our ads in newspapers and my new booklet published. 

So, Horowitz is using Alinskyite tactics to accuse Obama of ... using Alinskyite tactics. And  is writing "a new booklet" that he "must blanket on college campuses" -- that is, in Klein's words, exploit the children -- to do so.

Horowitz needs to explain why, if Alinsky's tactics are so horrible, he's using them too.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:30 AM EDT

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