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Community organizer or president?

By Jack Ward
web posted March 2, 2009

I was very curious when President Obama held a "Fiscal Responsibility Summit" less than a week after signing a budget busting Stimulus Bill. Obama asked summit participants to break up into groups and to report back in a few hours with recommendations. The groups submitted their inputs but the results of the recommendations would come a few days later. Expecting serious responses within this short time period made the process suspicious.

The very next day the House of Representatives passed a $410 billion pork laden spending bill that contained 8878 'earmarks'. Either Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn't get the word about 'fiscal responsibility' or Obama was speaking with forked tongue. After reviewing the inputs from the previously mentioned 'Fiscal Responsibility Summit', Obama submitted his $3.55 trillion budget for fiscal year 2010. This was done under the guise of 'A New Era of Fiscal Responsibility'. Obama had promised to reduce the deficit and eliminate 'earmarks'. But neither of those things happened. Saying one thing and doing another is common with politicians but this is so blatant I wonder how long it will fool the people. Manipulating small groups of people has been common place, but now we are seeing manipulation on a nationwide scale. Where would someone learn the techniques for such mass manipulation?

Knowing that Obama had spend considerable time as a 'community organizer' in the home town of Saul Alinsky, I was suspicious that the Delphi / Alinsky techniques to manipulate groups of people were being used. I am aware of these techniques because I have used these techniques and have been in groups where they were used.

The RAND Corporation developed the Delphi Technique for the U.S. Department of Defense as a psychological warfare weapon in the 50s and 60s. Saul Alinsky, noted Leftist and spiritual mentor of the youthful Barack Obama, noted the advantages of controlling the masses and adapted special techniques for teachers – it was called the 'Alinsky Method'. Alinsky promoted his methods in his 1971 book called Rules for Radicals. It has become the handbook for community organizers, change agents, and fellow travelers.

Bev Eakman wrote in In Educating for the New World Order that the advantage of the Delphi / Alinsky techniques was to preserve the illusion that there is community participation and agreement in the decision making process. Eakman pointed out that these techniques are used to manipulate groups of people to agree to something they oppose. This slight of hand technique is used by many government agencies to defuse opposition. As a result, the Delphi or Alinsky techniques have become common when group 'consensus' is desired.

Richard Poe wrote that the youthful Obama was "trained by Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation," and that "Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. ... In 1985 (Obama) began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project. ... Later, Obama worked with ACORN and its offshoot Project Vote, both creations of the Alinsky network." 

So it is apparent that Obama had more experience as a community organizer and the Alinsky techniques of manipulating the masses than he does as a politician. It is only natural for Obama to fall back on what he knows and is comfortable with when faced with monumental challenges. So it not unexpected that Obama would revert to using his community organizing skills when addressing national problems.

Obama has mastered the Delphi and Alinsky techniques and it is apparent to me that these techniques will guide him throughout his presidency. Therefore, to understand President Obama and what guides him, I suggest that you read the works of Saul Alinsky. ESR

© 2009, Jack Ward

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