In March, Ryan Lizza reported in The New Republic, "When [Obama] announced his candidacy for president last month, he said the 'best education' he ever had was not his undergraduate years at Occidental and Columbia or even his time at Harvard Law School, but rather the four years he spent in the mid-'80s learning the science of community organizing in Chicago." Obama has repeated this comment in several stump speeches.
Lizza says, "At the heart of the Alinsky method is the concept of 'agitation'-- making someone angry enough about the rotten state of his life that he agrees to take action to change it; or, as Alinsky himself described the job, to 'rub raw the sores of discontent.'"
So, what is it that Obama learned from Alinksy? Let's take a look at Rules for Radicals:
Are you beginning to recognize the playbook for the Obama campaign?
Much noise has been made about unfairly attributing to Obama "guilt by association." He dismissed Bill Ayers as "a guy in my neighborhood," but we've seen that the relationship is much deeper than that. When Jeremiah Wright became too much of a liability, despite Obama having called him a "spiritual mentor" for the past 20 years or so and the title of his book Audacity of Hope being inspired by a phrase from a Wright sermon, Obama found it necessary to distance himself from Wright.
We believe that character matters - more than any other trait - in the person we want to see as President of these United States. And we believe that the kind of people we choose as mentors and friends also matters. It is true that "birds of a feather flock together."
So, do we want a President who is "of a feather" with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Louis Farrakhan, Saul Alinsky, Frank Marshall Davis, Raila Odinga, Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour and others with similar radical backgrounds?
We think the answer is a resounding "NO." We just hope enough American voters are provided with information about these people and Barack Obama's connections with them before Tuesday's election.
For more information about Saul Alinsky and his student Barack Obama, we encourage you to read several insightful pieces by our friend, Kyle-Anne Shiver, who writes regularly at American Thinker and blogs at commonsenseregained.com. She has spent quite a bit of time analyzing Saul Alinsky and his influence on Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton), and can persuasively help you understand why we should be very afraid of an Obama presidency. She also has compiled there a list of some of her previous articles about Barack Obama that she feels are must-reads before you vote (in addition to those we list here).
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