Barack Obama became president by “claiming to be a moderate and wanting to bring America together and govern from the center.” However, since day one of his administration, his actions can be characterized as far Left rather than moderate.
He has apologized to foreign dictators and autocrats abroad for the “sins of the United States,” appointed a self-described communist, 9/11 truther and “rowdy black nationalist” as his green jobs czar, taken over the automotive and banking industry, and has used the economic crisis to attempt to nationalize the health care system. David Horowitz reminds us in a short but important pamphlet; “These actions have already made his presidency one of the most polarizing in history.”
As evidenced by the recent conservative victories in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts, many Americans have gone from “hopefulness, through unease, to a state of alarm,” as President Obama is proving to be a radical who only showed his true colors once reaching office.
However, in order to analyze the Obama presidency, it is crucial to understand the nature of his ideas and the people who have influenced him. David Horowitz tells us that, Obama’s battle plan for “change” derives from the strategy of deception promoted by another radical community organizer, Saul Alinsky.
Alinsky, a self-described “radical” and “rebel,” is the Sun Tzu for today’s radicals, and his manual Rules for Radicals remains the blueprint for aspiring progressive activists. In his work, he told readers that the radical is fundamentally a nihilist, and not a reformer of the system but its “would-be destroyer.” In other words, Alinsky took to heart Goethe’s comment: “Everything that exists deserves to perish.”
President Obama was influenced heavily by one of the most lessons from Alinsky’s manual, the need for deception. His advice was, “Even though you are at war with the system, don’t confront it as an opposing army; join it and undermine it as a fifth column from within.” In other words, it is first necessary to sell the people on change itself, or as Horowitz writes, the “audacity of hope,” and “yes we can.”
The Alinsky model is one of destruction and nihilism all aimed at radical social change. His methods of deception as espoused in his influential manual, have certainly been largely adapted by the President Obama and his administration. We saw candidate Obama call for bi-partisanship and the need to govern from the center. However, upon reaching office he has shown his true colors as a far-left radical. His actions have not gone unnoticed as the pendulum is shifting towards the right in response to his deceit.
Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GWYAF Blog.