After many months of intending to purchase this book, I finally found "Rules for Radicals" by Saul Alinski.
For those of you who don't know, most political organizers on both sides of the political spectrum credit Alinski with most of the organizational triumphs of the left. Interestingly, even though Alinski is clearly a leftist radical with whom I share almost no political opinions, I feel a great deal of affection and affinity with him as I read his book.
While the right has had many triumphs of their own in the last decade, they have yet to understand and implement the ingenious ideas that Alinski gave the left. If the the vast and numerous members of the "Leave Us Alone Coalition" (credit to Grover Norquist) were to implement Alinski's ideas, they would succeed in blasting the foundation that supports the "vast left-wing conspiracy" while cementing into place a freedom oriented political power structure that could last generations.
Over the next few weeks I will be introducing you to some of Alinski's ideas. It is my hope that Illinois conservatives start to implement them.
Excerpt from the prologue:
"As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be -- it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system."
Just imagine the power that could be applied to politics if all the "Constitution Party" and "Libertarian Party" activists; who do little more than piss and moan about how the Republican Party isn't sufficiently conservative (or Libertarian); if these folks simply took the time to get involved in the Republican Party apparatus. If you don't believe me, simply look at history.
We will start with the system because there is no other place to start from except political lunacy. It is most important for those of us who want revolutionary change to understand that revolution must be preceded by Reformation. To assume that a political revolution can survive without the supporting base of a popular reformation is ask for the impossible in politics.
[Students lamenting 1968 have asked] "Mr. Alinski, we fought in primary after primary and the people voted no on Vietnam. Look at the convention. They're not paying any attention to the vote. Look at your police and the Army. You still want us to work in the system?"
Alinski goes on to explain that working within the system is the only hope. Interestingly, looking at Democratic Party politics, he was proven 100% correct. In 1968 the Democrats picked Hubert Humphrey over the objections of the antiwar faction of the party. By 1972, that same faction had complete control the Democratic Party, and for all intents and purposes still does.
One of the goals of the Extreme Wisdom Radio Show(as well as the work I do with various conservative groups and candidates) is to persuade activists and so-called "extremists" to stay engaged in the process rather than drop out. In a world where a few letters to the editor and 20 phone calls to a state representatives office and cause a legislature to "re-think" an issue, there is absolutely no upside to disengaging from the process.
On March 20, 1854, Ripon, Wisconsin resident Alvan E. Bovay and several dozen Ripon citizens met to dissolve the local Whig pune, to suggest the name "Republican" for a new anti-slavery party. It was a name that had been mentioned a number of times around the country over the past two decades. A committee of five was formed as a result of the March 20 meeting, but did not formally adopt the name "Republican" for the proposed party.
Other similar meetings took place in May in Washington, D.C. Bangor, Maine, and Friendship, New York...
From being founded in 1854, to the PRESIDENCY in 1860...
If that was possible, then we can turn Illinois more RED in 2006, and totally RED in 2008. Just start organizing. The pieces will fall into place.
This is no war of domination or imperial aggrandizement or material gain; no war to shut any country out of its sunlight and means of progress. It is a war, viewed in its inherent quality, to establish, on impregnable rocks, the rights of the individual, and it is a war to establish and revive the stature of man. Perhaps it might seem a paradox that a war undertaken in the name of liberty and right should require, as a necessary part of its processes, the surrender for the time being of so many of the dearly valued liberties and rights. In these last few days the House of Commons has been voting dozens of Bills which hand over to the executive our most dearly valued traditional liberties. We are sure that these liberties will be in hands which will not abuse them, which will use them for no class or party interests, which will cherish and guard them, and we look forward to the day, surely and confidently we look forward to the day, when our liberties and rights will be restored to us, and when we shall be able to share them with the peoples to whom such blessings are unknown.
If some things are worth fighting for, then some things are worth giving up a little freedom for for a small period of time. It is YOUR responsibility to get that Freedom back when the threat has passed!
First, China is NOT "Communist China", whatever the name of the ruling party is. China has moved from Communism to Fascism, and now represents an even bigger threat to individual liberty, not by direct attacks on freedom; which are the hallmarks of communism; but by the insidious growth of the fascist "idea" that we ought to leave it to the "experts."
Fascism pretends to leave "property" and some "individual choice" intact, as it saps innovation, individuality, and morality from the body politic. If you don't believe fascism represents a threat to America, simply look at the recent KELO decision or the structure and purpose of our public schools.
Now, in case you didn't notice that Rumsfeld's first international trip (2001) was to India, or that the US just entered defacto "NATO" with India & other "Axis of Good" countries, I can only point you to the article, which outlines how Bush has already acted to counter the Chinese threat.
Thank God it's Bush, and not some Euro-worshiping twit like Gore or Kerry at the helm.
There is not likely to be a formal NATO-like alliance among Japan, Australia, India, and the United States. But increasingly there is the functional equivalent of one. There is fierce debate in many quarters whether China will emerge as a military threat. Some, like strategist Thomas Barnett, argue that China is too well integrated into the international economy to allow its gains to be lost by military aggression. Others argue that the Chinese are seeking to project their military strength outward and cannot be counted on to refrain from aggression in Taiwan. Whichever view you take, our emerging alliance with India is good news. Despite official denials, it provides something of a counterweight to China. And it increases the clout of a nation that is showing what representative democracy, the rule of law, and the free marketplace can do.
One of the next big battle in the "education/culture wars" will be the "Mental Health Screeing" of your children by unqualified people (Teachers) in a corrupt system that gets paid more for every "Special" child they can identify.
[If you haven't figured out that "Special Education" and legalized "Doping" was part of a plan to create and cement even more unnecessary payroll baggage in public schools - you haven't been paying attention.]
Now, some good news. A new law disempowers bloated school bureaucracies and empowers parents.
As of Friday, schools no longer have the upper hand in deciding whether children should be given Ritalin or other controlled substances. A new federal law tilts that power to parents, barring states and schools from keeping students out of class in cases when parents disagree with a recommendation to medicate a child.
This issue isn't over by a long shot, though.
Illinois is ground zero in the attempt to solidify and entrench a "mental health" screening scheme in public schools. This is all part of "cradle to grave" intrusion into personal family health issues.
Connect the dots. Leading liberal pseudo-scientists are promoting the idea that adherence to principles (religious, personal, moral) are mental "aberrations" that need "correction."
Once you institute a process by which children are "screened" for "mental illness" you have the apparatus in place to divorce children from their parents that is even more aggressive than today's rabid schools.
We are only one Democrat Majority away from our schools truly become the "re-education camps" that the left has been working for decades to create.
"I believe that (Independence Day) will be celebrated by succeeding generations as a great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other."