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What a "Community Organizer" Really Does

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“Community organizer” sounds so uplifting, so caring. Who could be against someone who organizes a community to petition their government, in accordance with their First Amendment rights? But for leftist groups, a community organizer is a member of a self appointed political vanguard. The goal of an organizer in the method advocated by Saul Alinsky is not to help citizens seek redress from their government. It is to build a power base, the single true function of which is to bring down the democratic/capitalist system in this country and replace it with a centralized socialist government led by the leftist elite. The consumer benefits sought by the action groups are merely a means to an end.

Stanley Kurtz of National Review has been writing a revealing series of articles detailing Barack Obama’s history as a community organizer in New York and Chicago. He details Obama’s close working relationship (at least) with William Ayers, a founder of the leftist terrorist group the Weather Underground. In describing Obama’s longest stint as a community organizer with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Kurtz claims that Obama’s efforts as a community organizer at that time were “largely a failure.” But this mistakes the true purpose of Obama’s activities at the time.

In 1975, I was a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sometime around 1977, I was hired to work as a fund raiser for a group called the Milwaukee Alliance for Concerned Citizens (MACC). The stated purposes of this group were to bring 911 service to the Milwaukee area, change laws regarding generic drugs and other consumer issues. I was hired to raise funds as part of a group who went door to door seeking donations from local residents. We were given lots of information on the different consumer issues and focused our attention on neighborhoods with older residents. I was successful enough in fund raising that I was offered a salaried position as head of the fund raising arm of the group.

At that time, I was recruited by the leaders of the group to become more involved in its overall operation. I was given a number of tracts to read, but was told to focus on Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” I was told that everything I needed to know about community organizing tactics were in that book. I was further informed that MACC had been formed by a former founding member of the SDS; that the leaders of the movement had learned that the type of violent revolution they had been seeking in the 60s was simply not possible in the United States. People were simply too well off to be mobilized to armed revolt. The movement therefore had to change its tactics, though not its ultimate goals.

Community action groups, local community organizing, were the new tactic of the socialist revolutionaries. Their lack of concern for the targets of their organizing efforts bordered on contempt. Those we had been collecting funds from to run the organization were just too dull to understand the beauty and necessity of socialism. But their money, and later their votes, were the only plausible way left to bring down capitalism. I listened to what they said, went home and read Alinsky, and quit the next day. The Alinsky styled movement of community organizers has become more sophisticated in dressing up its populist message since then, but its tactics and goals have not changed at all.

The sole purpose of community organizing on the left is to acquire power. That is why Stanley Kurtz’s description of Obama’s efforts in Chicago as a failure is so wrong. Obama joined CAC, and Reverend Wright’s church, to build a power base. Little more than 10 years later he is perhaps two months away from the presidency of the United States. Obama’s time as a community organizer was a resounding success if one looks at it according to the Alinsky model.

Kurtz notes that Obama was able to steer millions to other Alinsky style community groups. Obama worked well with the corrupt Chicago Democratic political machine and succeeded in getting all real opponents removed from the ballot in his subsequent runs for office. Obama’s rise politically is exactly the point of what he was trying to do. The simple fact that the Chicago students in whose name Obama gave millions to leftist groups saw no benefit from that money is irrelevant to Obama, or any other true believer. Their goal is not raising people out of poverty, it is using poverty to gain power through elections. They aim not to improve the educational system in this country (most of which is run by other members of the movement), but to keep the educational system in chaos until they can use the rage of the millions of uneducated to gain power.

There is not a “vast left wing conspiracy” in this country, but there is a movement of committed socialists who have decided to try to do through the ballot box what they could never do through violence. They run our public schools, almost all universities, the mainstream media, most foundations, and certainly the Democratic Party. Obama does not reject Ayers and his violent past because they are fellow travellers in this socialist movement. Their only disagreement may be over tactics.


Written by smalltalkwitht

September 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm

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  1. I wish liberals were on your mailing list too. So many of them need to see this.


    September 23, 2008 at 10:34 pm

  2. “The goal of “current Republican president”… is not to help citizens seek redress from their government. It is to build a power base, the single true function of which is to bring down the democratic/capitalist system in this country and replace it with a centralized socialist government led by the “business” elite.”

    That’s how I would re-phrase the quote from the beginning of your posting. I agree with all you said about the so-called ‘community organizers’–what a shameful rip-off. But what this current administration is doing with the bail-outs distresses me even more. This is an engineered free-fall into socialism.


    September 24, 2008 at 8:07 pm

  3. The reason socialism doesn’t work is that no one, not Ben Bernanke, Henry Paulson, Warren Buffet, or any other person or group, is smart enough to run an economy of over 250 million people. If the remedy for this financial crisis caused by government regulation is more regulation and government control (or worse ownership) of a large portion of the economy, it will end badly, no matter who designs the plan.

    I disagree with PLO that this would be the intent of Paulson and Bernanke, but I agree that it would be the effect of the plan they have initially proposed.


    September 24, 2008 at 11:08 pm

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