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Ethics? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Ethics

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Barack Obama’s first claim to qualification to be president of the United States is his time as a community organizer. Remember, “Jesus was a community organizer…?” Unfortunately for his claim to be a post-partisan champion of change, Obama’s time as a community organizer just taught him the same old tired (but dangerous) leftist notion that the ends justify any means. His campaign shows he learned this lesson only too well.

As reported in an article on National Review Online by Mark Hemingway, Obama’s first stint as a community activist was in a New York organization that saw it’s mission, according to the New York Times, as “winning over students on the political left, who would normally disdain a group inspired by Ralph Nader as insufficiently radical….” This group was one of a natinonwide network of college campus “community organizers” called PIRGs (public interest research groups). Obama later said “I used to be a PIRG guy. You guys trained me well.”

Obama’s second community organizer job in Chicago was run by Saul Alinsky’s disciples. (Hillary Clinton was hired by Alinsky himself for this same group, while Obama did not come to the group until after Alinsky’s death.) The Washington Post noted in this article that Obama’s and Clinton’s “common connection to Alinsky is one of the striking aspects of their biographies. Obama embraced many of Alinsky’s tactics and recently said his years as an organizer gave him the best education of his life.”

The training in such organizations, indeed of “community organizers” of the left in general, is based in large part on the bible of the left. Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. (I was recruited by a leftist community organizer in 1975, and Rules for Radicals was my required first reading. More of that in a later post.) If you want to understand Obama and his tactics (or those of the left in general), this is a must read book. You have to know your enemy, and this book makes it clear that leftist organizers are the enemy of the Judeo-Christian, capitialist, democratic form of country we live in now.

Most important during this election though is what the left’s bible has to say about ethics. In Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote:

“The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe’s ‘conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action’; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind. The choice must always be for the latter. Action is for mass salvation and not for the individual’s personal salvation.”

Therefore, an “agent of action” (meaning community organizer, politician etc.) must always choose furthering leftist goals over mere matters of conscience.

In case the message wasn’t clear enough, Alinsky went on to say:

“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real –allies of the Haves.”

According to Alinsky then, in matters of class warfare, those claiming to represent the “have-nots” are not just justified in refusing to consider the ethics of any available means, but if they do so, they are traitors to the class struggle.

To remove all doubt, Alinsky finally says:

“This (the consideration of ethics in determining whether the ends justify the means) is the nadir of immorality. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means.” (emphasis added).

Lie about your opponent? (McCain wants to fight a 100 year war in Iraq.) Destroy your detractors with lies and innuendo? (McCain wants to privatize social security and cut benefits in half; Sarah Palin…don’t get me started.) Tell one group of voters one thing and tell others the exact opposite? (Think NAFTA and Canada, or small towners who cling to their bibles, guns and bigotry.) Take money from people you know to be corrupt? (Tony Rezko) Undermine your country with its enemies in a time of war? (Negotiating with the Iraqi government to delay negotiations and troop withdrawal until after the election.) Inflame race tensions to get votes? (Blatantly false Spanish language ads about McCain.)

For a leftist like Obama, it is simply not permissible to even question whether any of these means are unethical. The only “unethical” thing he could do according to this perverse philosophy is to not ignore ethics all together in seeking power.

Alinsky is finally getting the attention he deserves….from the right. He has long been an icon, leader and inspiration for activists on the left in this country. Now Rush Limbaugh is making a big issue of Alinsky on his radio show; and others are writing more and more about the pernicious teachings of the man who dedicated his life to fomenting class warfare.

Barack and Michelle Obama both quote Alinsky in their speeches. Their conduct demonstrates that they are true disciples of his teaching: that there is no such thing as objective ethics for the elite left. It is time to shine bright lights from all directions under the rock where the left hides its real beliefs. Obama is an Alinsky disciple to his core, and we simply can’t afford that.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

September 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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  1. mercutio403
    Great post! The more said about this subject the better.

    BTW Thanks for the linkage.
    I appreciate it.

    – VH

    Velvet Hammer

    September 23, 2008 at 4:11 pm


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