Rules for Radicals

Posted by Larry Miller on August 31, 2009 under How | Read the First Comment

radicalsThe book Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky rose to prominence as some looked into the past and strategies of community organizer and presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama. It outlined the tactics and strategies he used and even taught in efforts to enforce his version of social justice on the American people.

It would do us well to have a look at these rules, since they have been used effectively against our society. Learning about his approach, and the methods used by the radicals surrounding the President can prepare us for dealing with them. We can even pick up a few pointers and turn some of them around on the current political establishment.

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. This means they community organizers become masters of illusion… deceit even. It comes down to attempts at intimidating the other side into concessions they would not make if they understood the reality.

Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. This means that you speak the language and values of your allies. This has become so ingrained in the President that his off the cuff remarks about Professor Gates rolled off his tongue from years of practice in stoking the fires of racism and victimization.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Setting the terms of an argument gives you tremendous advantage. By making the opponent use your terms, you go a long way toward making it appear your premises are correct and they are just out of step. Beyond this, you are making them think in ways foreign to their normal thought processes.

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. This works particularly well for the community organizing crowd when working with those of us with traditional values. As imperfect people, we rarely live up to our own standards perfectly. Then they play a game of gotcha. Even regular Democrats are masters of this ploy and why John Ensign got in trouble for an affair while Barney Frank suffered no consequences for having had gay prostitutes operating out of his apartment. The antidote is to accept our imperfections and not allow them to shame us into silence.

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is such an effective weapon because it deflects the attention from the question no one wants to answer and angers the opponent which often leads them to appear irrational. This is often used with the birth certificate question… no answers are given, and attempts are made to destroy the credibility of the accuser.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. Dedication to a cause will keep people going only so long. There has to be something inherent in the activity that people enjoy. It can be as simple causing discomfort to a real or imagined foe.

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Activities need to be changed frequently so they don’t become routine and people become bored. Even adults have limited attention spans.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. This is a psychological game to push the opponent into actions detrimental to their cause. Everywhere they turn they need to see something that keeps them from relaxing and planning. If they are constantly responding to your attacks, they have a difficult time attacking themselves.

Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. People’s imaginations can often carry them far beyond the reality of many situations. Years ago Alinsky just threatened to tie up all the washrooms at O’Hare Airport. City authorities quickly caved at the thought of bus loads of homeless people tying up washrooms as passengers filed off planes looking for relief. Nothing was done, but provide a threat of embarrassment to the City of Chicago.

Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. It’s not good enough just to be against something. When you shoot down someone’s proposal, you need to have another idea ready to go.

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. It’s easier for your followers to have a recognizable villain to focus their hostility on. Find an identifiable individual or group of individuals, like insurance executives to blame problems on. Then… ignore any attempts to inject logic into the argument that will distract from the goal. Years ago Jews served this purpose… who will be next?

That was a brief overview of rules generated by Saul Alinsky. It may give you an idea of why values like honesty and logic don’t work in dealing with these radicals. Their minds don’t work the way ours do, and we share little in the way of values. We need to keep this in mind as we deal with them. Being forewarned is forearmed.

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  • Jim Baxter said,


    Every September, I recall that is now more than 65 years since I landed
    at Nagasaki with the 2nd Marine Division in the original occupation of
    Japan following World War II. This time every year, I have watched
    and listened to the light-hearted “peaceniks” and their light-headed
    symbolism-without-substance of ringing bells, flying pigeons, floating
    candles, and sonorous chanting and I recall again that “Peace is not a
    cause – it is an effect.”

    In July, 1945, my fellow 8th RCT Marines [I was an ARman] and I returned to
    Saipan following the successful conclusion of the Battle of Okinawa. We were
    issued new equipment and replacements joined each outfit in preparation for
    our coming amphibious assault on the home islands of Japan.

    B-29 bombing had leveled the major cities of Japan, including Kobe, Osaka,
    Nagoya, Yokohama, Yokosuka, and Tokyo.

    We were informed we would land three Marine divisions and six Army
    divisions, perhaps abreast, with large reserves following us in. It was
    estimated that it would cost half a million casualties to subdue the
    Japanese homeland.

    In August, the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima but the Japanese government
    refused to surrender. Three days later a second A-bomb was dropped on the
    city of Nagasaki. The Imperial Japanese government finally surrendered.

    Following the 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a Japanese admiral said, “I
    fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant…” Indeed, they had.
    Not surprisingly, the atomic bomb was produced by a free people functioning
    in a free environment. Not surprisingly because the creative process is a
    natural human choice-making process and inventiveness occurs most readily
    where choice-making opportunities abound. America!

    Tamper with a giant, indeed! Tyrants, beware: Free men are nature’s pit
    bulls of Liberty! The Japanese learned the hard way what tyrants of any
    generation should know: Never start a war with a free people – you never
    know what they may invent!

    As a newly assigned member of a U.S. Marine intelligence section, I
    had a unique opportunity to visit many major cities of Japan, including
    Tokyo and Hiroshima, within weeks of their destruction. For a full year I
    observed the beaches, weapons, and troops we would have assaulted had
    the A-bombs not been dropped. Yes, it would have been very destructive
    for all, but especially for the people of Japan.

    When we landed in Japan, for what came to be the finest and most humane
    occupation of a defeated enemy in recorded history, it was with great
    appreciation, thanksgiving, and praise for the atomic bomb team, including
    the aircrew of the Enola Gay. A half million American homes had been spared
    the Gold Star flag, including, I’m sure, my own.

    Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and
    ending the war Japan had started (they ignore the cause-effect relation
    between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki), I have noted that neither the effete
    critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault
    landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative,
    “conventional” warfare. Stammering reluctance is obvious and continuous, but
    they do love to pontificate about the Rights that others, and the Bomb, have
    bought and preserved for them.

    The vanities of ignorance and camouflaged cowardice abound as license for
    the assertion of virtuous “rights” purchased by the blood of others – those
    others who have borne the burden and physical expense of Rights whining
    apologists so casually and self-righteously claim.

    At best, these fakers manifest a profound and cryptic ignorance of causal
    relations, myopic perception, and dull I.Q. At worst, there is a word and
    description in The Constitution defining those who love the enemy more than
    they love their own countrymen and their own posterity. Every Yankee Doodle
    Dandy knows what that word is.

    In 1945, America was the only nation in the world with the Bomb and it
    behaved responsibly and respectfully. It remained so until two among us
    betrayed it to the Kremlin. Still, this American weapon system has been the
    prime deterrent to earth’s latest model world- tyranny: Seventy years of
    Soviet collectivist definition, coercion, and domination of individual human

    The message is this: Trust Freedom. Remember, tyrants never learn. The
    restriction of Freedom is the limitation of human choice, and choice is the
    fulcrum-point of the creative process in human affairs. As earth’s
    choicemaker, it is our human identity on nature’s beautiful blue planet and
    the natural premise of man’s free institutions, environments, and respectful
    relations with one another. Made in the image of our Creator, free men
    choose, create, and progress – or die.

    Free men should not fear the moon-god-crowd oppressor nor choose any of his
    ways. Recall with a confident Job and a victorious David, “Know ye not you
    are in league with the stones of the field?”

    Semper Fidelis
    Jim Baxter
    Sgt. USMC
    WW II and Korean War
    point-man/follower of The Lion of Judah

    5th Grade Teacher – 30 wonderful years!
    vincit veritas

    The Human Paradigm: Earth’s Choicemaker Psalm 25:12

    Consider: The missing element in every human ‘solution’ is an accurate
    definition of the creature.

    In an effort to diminish the multiple and persistent dangers and abuses
    which have characterized the affairs of man in his every Age, and to assist
    in the requisite search for human identity, it is essential to perceive and
    specify that distinction which naturally and most uniquely defines the human

    Because definitions rule in the minds, behaviors, and institutions of men,
    we can be confident that delineating and communicating that quality will
    assist the process of resolution and the courageous ascension to which
    man is called. As Americans of the 21st Century, we are obliged and
    privileged to join our forebears and participate in this continuing
    paradigm proclamation.

    “WHAT IS MAN…?” God asks – and answers:
    by James Fletcher Baxter (c) 2011 AD

    The way we define ‘human’ determines our view of self, others,
    relationships, institutions, life, and future. Many problems in human
    experience are the result of false and inaccurate definitions of humankind
    premised in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

    Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe. The balance is a vast
    void of human ignorance. Human reason cannot fully function in such a void;
    thus, the intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it perceives and
    measures values.

    Humanism makes man his own standard of measure. However, as with all
    measuring systems, a standard must be greater than the value measured. Based
    on preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal nature, humanism demotes
    reason to the simpleton task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of
    appetites, desires, feelings, emotions, – and glands.

    Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament, cannot invent criteria
    greater than himself, the humanist lacks a predictive capability. Thus, his
    man-made criteria rises no higher than eyebrows – and too often, no higher
    than pubic hair! Without instinct or transcendent criteria, humanism cannot
    evaluate options with foresight and vision for progression and survival.
    Lacking foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and is unwittingly
    committed to mediocrity, collectivism, averages, and regression – and worse.
    Humanism is an unworthy worship.

    The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with a functional faith
    while not-so-patiently awaiting the foot-dragging growth of human knowledge
    and behavior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and validated in
    His Word, the Bible, brings a transcendent standard to man the choice-maker.
    Other philosophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and thereby lack
    what only the Bible has:

    1.Transcendent Criteria and
    2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

    The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival equipment for today and
    the future. Only the Creator, who made us in His own image, is qualified to
    define us accurately.

    Human is earth’s Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature and nature’s
    God a creature of Choice – and of Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and
    definitive characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
    foundation of his environments, institutions, and respectful relations to
    his fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom whose roots are in the
    Order of the universe. selah

    At the sub-atomic level of the physical universe quantum physics indicates a
    multifarious gap or division in the causal chain; particles to which
    position cannot be assigned at all times, systems that pass from one energy
    state to another without manifestation in intermediate states, entities
    without mass, fields whose substance is as insubstantial as “a probability.”

    Only statistical conglomerates pay tribute to deterministic forces.
    Singularities do not and are therefore random, unpredictable, mutant, and in
    this sense, uncaused. The finest contribution inanimate reality is capable
    of making toward choice, without its own selective agencies, is this
    continuing manifestation of opportunity as the pre-condition to choice it
    defers to the natural action of living forms.

    Biological science affirms that each level of life, single-cell to man
    himself, possesses attributes of sensitivity, discrimination, and
    selectivity, and in the exclusive and unique nature of each diversified life

    The survival and progression of life forms has all too often been dependent
    upon the ever-present undeterminative potential and appearance of one unique
    individual organism within the whole spectrum of a given life-form. Only the
    uniquely equipped individual organism is, like The Golden Wedge of Ophir,
    capable of traversing the causal gap to survival and progression. Mere
    reproductive determinacy would have rendered life forms incapable of such

    Only a moving universe of opportunity plus choice enables the present

    Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly developed, and
    sensitive perception of variety. Thus aware, man is endowed with a natural
    capability for enacting internal mental and external physical selectivity.
    Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends itself as the superior
    basis of an active intelligence.

    Human is earth’s Choicemaker. His title describes his definitive and
    typifying characteristic. Recall that his other features are but vehicles of
    experience intent on the development of perceptive awareness and the
    following acts of decision and choice. Note that the products of man cannot
    define him for they are the fruit of the discerning choicemaking process and
    include the cognition of self, the utility of experience, the development of
    value measuring systems and language, and the acculturation of

    The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits, customs, and
    traditions, are the creative harvest of his perceptive and selective powers.
    Creativity, the creative process, is a choice-making process. His articles,
    constructs, and commodities, however marvelous to behold, deserve neither
    awe nor idolatry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth’s own highest
    expression of the creative process.

    Human is earth’s Choicemaker. The sublime and significant act of choosing
    is, itself, the Archimedean fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
    forces of cause and effect to an elected level of quality and diversity.
    Further, it orients him toward a natural environmental opportunity, freedom,
    and bestows earth’s paradigm title, The Choicemaker, on his singular and
    plural brow.

    In the Bible, God’s Word has accurately defined the human being as
    ‘the earth creature endowed with the ability to choose.’ His natural Rights,
    therefore, are merely an extension and application of natural human
    endowments, which all humans – everywhere in the world – possess.

    Even as goldfish, canaries, and puppy dogs require an environment
    based on their natural features, so humans require external freedom
    to fulfill their natural internal abilities of decision, choice, selection,
    election, and consent. Uniquely, America was founded on this definitive
    paradigm in human nature. All nations should reject foundational human
    opinion that teaches otherwise.

    Deterministic systems, ideological symbols of abdication by man from his
    natural role as earth’s Choicemaker, inevitably degenerate into
    collectivism; the negation of singularity, they become a conglomerate
    plural-based system of measuring human value. Blunting an awareness of
    diversity, blurring alternatives, and limiting the selective creative
    process, they are self-relegated to a passive and circular regression.

    Tampering with man’s selective nature endangers his survival for it would
    render him impotent and obsolete by denying the tools of variety,
    individuality, perception, criteria, selectivity, and progress. Coercive
    attempts produce revulsion, for such acts are contrary to an indeterminate
    nature and nature’s indeterminate off-spring, man the Choicemaker.

    Until the oppressors discover that wisdom only just begins with a respectful
    acknowledgment of The Creator, The Creation, and The Choicemaker, they will
    be ever learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. The rejection of
    Creator-initiated standards relegates the mind of man to its own primitive,
    empirical, and delimited devices. It is thus that the human intellect cannot
    ascend and function at any level higher than the criteria by which it
    perceives and measures values.

    Additionally, such rejection of transcendent criteria self-denies man the
    vision and foresight essential to decision-making for survival and
    progression. He is left, instead, with the redundant wreckage of expensive
    hind sight, including human institutions characterized by averages,
    mediocrity, and regression.

    Humanism, mired in the circular and mundane egocentric predicament, is
    ill-equipped to produce transcendent criteria. Evidenced by those who do not
    perceive superiority and thus find themselves beset by the shifting winds of
    the carnal-ego; i.e., moods, feelings, desires, appetites, etc., the mind
    becomes subordinate: a mere device for excuse-making and rationalizing

    The carnal-ego rejects criteria and self-discipline for such instruments are
    tools of the mind and the attitude. The appetites of the flesh have no need
    of standards for at the point of contention standards are perceived as
    alien, restrictive, and inhibiting. Yet, the very survival of our physical
    nature itself depends upon a maintained sovereignty of the mind and of the

    It remained, therefore, to the initiative of a personal and living Creator
    to traverse the human horizon and fill the vast void of human ignorance
    with an intelligent and definitive faith. Man is thus afforded the prime
    tool of the intellect – a Transcendent Standard by which he may measure
    values in experience, anticipate results, and make enlightened and visionary

    Only the unique and superior God-man Person can deservedly displace the
    ego-person from his predicament and free the individual to measure values
    and choose in a more excellent way. That sublime Person was indicated in the
    words of the prophet Amos, “…said the Lord, Behold,

    I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel.” Y’shua Mashiyach
    Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto myself.”

    As long as some choose to abdicate their personal reality and submit to the
    delusions of humanism, determinism, and collectivism, just so long will they
    be subject and re-acting only, to be tossed by every impulse emanating from
    others. Those who abdicate such reality may, in perfect justice, find
    themselves weighed in the balances of their own choosing.

    That human institution which is structured on the principle, “…all men are
    endowed by their Creator with…Liberty…,” is a system with its roots in
    the natural Order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are
    necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and nature’s God.
    Biblical principles are still today the foundation under Western
    Civilization and the American way of life. To the advent of a new season we
    commend the present generation and the “multitudes in the valley of

    Let us proclaim it. Behold!
    The Season of Generation-Choicemaker

    “I should think that if there is one thing that man has learned about
    himself it is that he is a creature of choice.” Richard M. Weaver

    “Man is a being capable of subduing his emotions and impulses; he can
    rationalize his behavior. He arranges his wishes into a scale, he chooses;
    in short, he acts. What distinguishes man from beasts is precisely that he
    adjusts his behavior deliberately.” Ludwig von Mises

    “To make any sense of the idea of morality, it must be presumed that the
    human being is responsible for his actions and responsibility cannot be
    understood apart from the presumption of freedom of choice.” John

    “The advocate of liberty believes that it is complementary of the orderly
    laws of cause and effect, of probability and of chance, of which man is not
    completely informed. It is complementary of them because it rests in part
    upon the faith that each individual is endowed by his Creator with the power
    of individual choice.” Wendell J. Brown

    “These examples demonstrate a basic truth — that human dignity is embodied
    in the free choice of individuals.” Condoleeza Rice

    “Our Founding Fathers believed that we live in an ordered universe. They
    believed themselves to be a part of the universal order of things. Stated
    another way, they believed in God. They believed that every man must find
    his own place in a world where a place has been made for him. They sought
    independence for their nation but, more importantly, they sought freedom for
    individuals to think and act for themselves. They established a republic
    dedicated to one purpose above all others – the preservation of individual
    liberty…” Ralph W. Husted

    “We have the gift of an inner liberty so far-reaching that we can choose
    either to accept or reject the God who gave it to us, and it would seem to
    follow that the Author of a liberty so radical wills that we should be
    equally free in our relationships with other men. Spiritual liberty
    logically demands conditions of outer and social freedom for its
    completion.” Edmund A. Opitz

    “Above all I see an ability to choose the better from the worse that has
    made possible life’s progress.” Charles Lindbergh

    “Freedom is the Right to Choose, the Right to create for oneself the
    alternatives of Choice. Without the possibility of Choice, and the exercise
    of Choice, a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.” Thomas

    Q: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You
    visit him?” Psalm 8:4
    A: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set
    before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that
    both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

    Q: “Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man,
    that you are mindful of him?” Psalm 144:3
    A: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves
    this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served
    that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in
    whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
    Joshua 24:15

    Q: “What is man, that he could be pure? And he who is born of a woman, that
    he could be righteous?” Job 15:14
    A: “Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way he
    chooses.” Psalm 25:12

    Q: “What is man, that You should magnify him, that You should set Your heart
    on him?” Job 7:17
    A: “Do not envy the oppressor and choose none of his ways.” Proverbs 3:31

    Q: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take
    care of him?” Hebrews 2:6
    A: “I have chosen the way of truth; your judgments I have laid before me.”
    Psalm 119:30 “Let Your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your
    precepts.”Psalm 119:173

    Genesis 3:3,6 Deuteronomy 11:26-28; 30:19 Job 5:23 Isaiah 7:14-15; 13:12;
    61:1 Amos 7:8 Joel 3:14 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Psalms 25:12 119:1-176

    Sir Isaac Newton
    The greatest scientist in human history, a Bible-Believing Christian, an
    authority on the Bible’s Book of Daniel, committed to individual value and
    individual liberty

    “No one is smarter than their criteria.” selah jfb

    Lewisville, Texas

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