Applying Alinsky: Why Obamacare makes no sense
By Alan Caruba
After seven and a half hours of the Republicans trying to introduce some rationality into the discussion of Obamacare, the "reform" of Medicare that actually takes trillions out of the present system and adds millions of people into it, the ordinary American can be excused for being confused, frustrated, and angry.
That's exactly where President Obama, the Chicago political mafia around him, Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi want people to be. At one point in the pointless all-day meeting on Thursday, she even claimed that passing Obamacare would create four million jobs overnight! Even for Speaker Pelosi, that's a new level of insane babble.
Nothing coming out of the leadership in the White House or Congress makes a grain of sense and it is calculated to making the public so hopeless that, in the end, when they manage to bribe their way to a "reconciliation" vote to pass it, the public will feel defeated by all their efforts to date and ripe for more legislative horrors such as Cap-and-Trade.
Those efforts were seen in the heated town hall meetings during the summer, a march on Washington, D.C. in September, the elections of Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey, and a Senator from Massachusetts. In very obvious ways, the public is shouting No! No! No!
Forgotten and unreported in all this are the "Rules for Radicals" by the godfather of all radical community organizers, Saul Alinsky. The President who began his political career as a community organizer and whose entire approach to politics is based on his book, said "It was that education that was seared into my brain. It was the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard."
Alinsky taught that Americans must be overwhelmed with a never-ending barrage of crisis, emergencies, and unworkable 'solutions' that exacerbate problems. This is why Rahm Emanuel, the President's Chief of Staff, famously said that a crisis should never be wasted.
It may even explain why the financial crisis conveniently occurred in the last weeks of the Bush term and during the campaign for the presidency.
It also explains why the so-called "stimulus" bill has done nothing to create jobs and, in fact, why some ten million Americans have lost their jobs in the past year while billions were allocated to countless political pork projects rather than taking steps to lower the taxes on corporations and small businesses in order to actually stimulate hiring and growth.
Alinsky also preached the importance of intimidation and of ridicule to achieve one's goals. Though guarded, the President used both at the meeting to discuss Obamacare. Just ask Senator John McCain or Rep. Eric Cantor.
Again, because the mainstream media, still in love with a President whose approval ratings now stand at only 44% and heading south, neither vetted him as a candidate, nor analyzed the Alinsky approach that he cites as the greatest influence in his life. The public can be forgiven for not knowing that Alinsky's book is dedicated to "the very first radical", none other than "Lucifer" a.k.a. Satan
Now perhaps you can understand why, when the 2,400 page bill was actually put on display during the meeting, President Obama dismissed it as "political theatre" and "a prop", but it was neither. How can one discuss such a massive bill without, at least, bringing it to the meeting allegedly intended for that purpose?
The bill, however, contains some of the most wrenching and damaging changes to the nation's healthcare system and the insurance programs involved with it that it cannot and must not be so casually dismissed.
If Obamacare passes, the healthcare system that Americans value will be destroyed and turned into one resembling the failed systems in neighboring Canada and in Great Britain where horror stories of delayed and denied care are routine.
Barack Obama is the apotheosis of Saul Alinsky's gameplan to destroy the republic and replace the Constitution with an all-powerful socialist central government.
First we must, by drowning Congress in calls, faxes, and emails, make it abundantly clear that we are opposed to Obamacare. We must sway as many fence-sitters as possible.
Then, in November, we must vote out of office those incumbents who have supported and voted for it.
And lastly we must return power in Congress to the Republicans who have been chastened and learned from their mistakes in the 2006 and 2008 elections. The nation's future depends on it.
Alan Caruba writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. An author, business and science writer, he is the founder of The National Anxiety Center. © Alan Caruba, 2010
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