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Lost in the streaming news of the Economic Crisis last week was a bit of a boxing match in Missouri. It seems that the “Obama Truth Squad” hit town to protect innocent Missourians from free speech.
This “Truth Squad” isn’t new. According to MSNBC, Obama aimed the South Carolina Truth Squad at Bill Clinton in January of this year for what he claimed was “incredible distortions” about his war record and comments against Republicans.
He again made the headlines in Missouri on channel 4 – kmov TV on September 23rd, 2008.
There was an immediate outcry about using law enforcement to suppress free speech and thinking, but it was somehow lost in the media to the Bail-out. It seems a couple of Democrats stepped up and said that saying things that weren’t nice about Obama violated the Missouri Ethics codes.
The Governor of Missouri, Matt Blount, didn’t take too kindly to the statements by his officials or the publicity they had generated. He released a statement on the Missouri state website as follows:
Gov. Blunt Statement on Obama Campaign’s Abusive Use of Missouri Law Enforcement
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics.
“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.
“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment.
“This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights. The only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.
“Barack Obama needs to grow up. Leftist blogs and others in the press constantly say false things about me and my family. Usually, we ignore false and scurrilous accusations because the purveyors have no credibility. When necessary, we refute them. Enlisting Missouri law enforcement to intimidate people and kill free debate is reminiscent of the Sedition Acts – not a free society.”
There seems to be quite a few tactics coming from the Obama campaign recently that are reminiscent of his days as a community organizer, and more closely to his belief in the principals of Saul Alinsky. One could argue that he implements the Alinsky principals quite well, and is – even as we speak – doing it quite successfully in states like Ohio.
As noted in Wikipedia and many various other resources, Alinsky’s teachings influenced Obama in his early career as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago. Working for Gerald Kellman’s Developing Communities Project, Obama learned and taught Alinsky’s methods for community organizing. Let’s look at a few of those methods.
Saul Alinsky was the author of “Rules for Radicals”, the Bible of community organizers. In the epigraph of this famous book, Alinsky writes:
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
Now, let’s highlight a few of Alinsky’s rules.
From Alinsky – “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and “frozen.”” Application of this rule by Obama? “John McCain is George Bush”. Back up theory for this? Alinsky – “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.”
From Alinsky – “The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.” Obama’s application of this rule?
Yes, that one got the ridicule rule AND the freeze rule, a real twofer.
Alinsky – “In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give. Hee our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” And “Power goes to two poles: to those who’ve got money and those who’ve got people.”
Enter Obama’s tax plan. Take from the rich and give it to the poor.
These are only a few examples of what a wonderful student Barrack Obama has been. Now let’s look at how appreciative he is of his education in community organizing. He gives back, no doubt.
From Ken Blackwell on September 29th:
“As negotiations over Congress’s emergency rescue bill continued over the weekend, repeated rumors leaked out that the Democrats were trying to funnel money to a hyper-partisan organization involved in criminal voter fraud. I’m speaking of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — known by its acronym, ACORN. Although ACORN was cut from the final legislation, it’s important to understand this organization and its long history with, of all people, Barack Obama….What deserves closer scrutiny is Barack Obama’s history with ACORN. Obama cites Saul Alinsky, a self-acknowledged radical who advocated extreme acts to achieve social goals, as one of his inspirations. ACORN follows the Saul Alinsky model. After Obama graduated from Harvard, he went to work for ACORN in Chicago. Mr. Obama then became a trainer for ACORN, teaching others how to employ ACORN tactics in voter registration drives.”
Voter registration drives, you know, like the one being spearheaded by the Obama campaign in Ohio right now – another method of Saul Alinsky implemented by Obama. As we all now know, ACORN has faced charges for voter fraud and tampering more than once.
Two years ago we heard many people asking “Who is Barack Obama?” But then the media fell in love with him, and we never really learned, did we?
Babs is a frequent commenter and contributing guest commentary author for YouDecide2008.com