The curse of Saul Alinsky

Divisiveness is Alinsky’s currency and primary weapon. And change, however defined, is an Alinskyite radical’s highest purpose. That end, according to the author, justifies some truly despicable means. To accomplish his intended change, Alinsky writes that the people “must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future.”

Any of that sound familiar?

Obama has been a professional Alinskyite for all of his professional life. It worked well for him as a community organizer and as a legislator. But he’s finding that the tactics aren’t so effective in the Oval Office. Still, nearly every political move Obama makes can be traced to “Rules for Radicals.” He’s currently implementing Rule 13 as a central component of his re-election strategy: farcically blaming a Republican Congress for all of his administration’s woes.

And therein lies the reason that Barack Obama is such an underwhelming president.

Alinskyites don’t sell. They don’t build. They certainly don’t unify. Alinskyites agitate. It’s not just what they do, it’s who they are. Divisiveness is their goal, their mission and their lifeblood. They have disdain for the majority, whom they see as oppressive or hopelessly misguided. They seek factions, aggrieved subgroups to champion and organize against the establishment. When faced with a problem, Barack Obama’s deeply ingrained impulse is to find someone to blame. Whether it’s the press or the tea party or “fat cat” bankers or Congress or ATMs or the dumb Americans who cling to their bibles and guns, Obama will find a villain and a victim in any situation.

That’s all he knows.

Yates Walker is a conservative activist and writer. Before becoming involved in politics, he served honorably as a paratrooper and a medic in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. He can be reached at [email protected]