Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tell me again what a "community organizer" does?

Byron York of National Review unlocks the mystery in this informative article. It runs rather long, so I will help you cut to the chase:
Perhaps the simplest way to describe community organizing is to say it is the practice of identifying a specific aggrieved population, say unemployed steelworkers, or itinerant fruit-pickers, or residents of a particularly bad neighborhood, and agitating them until they become so upset about their condition that they take collective action to put pressure on local, state, or federal officials to fix the problem, often by giving the affected group money. Organizers like to call that “direct action.”
So it's a way of egging people into demanding government goodies at the expense of the taxpayer. Nice. With a socialist like Obama, were you at all surprised? And who is the Godfather and Patron Saint of community organizers?
Community organizing is most identified with the left-wing Chicago activist Saul Alinsky (1909-72), who pretty much defined the profession. In his classic book, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote that a successful organizer should be “an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions.” Once such hostilities were “whipped up to a fighting pitch,” Alinsky continued, the organizer steered his group toward confrontation, in the form of picketing, demonstrating, and general hell-raising....
Just what we need in order to bring "hope" and "change" and to heal the divisions in our country!

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

Don, American said...

I believe a community organizer is what we used to call a "ward heeler." That was a sleazy political operative who twisted arms and broke kneecaps while getting out the vote.