The defeat of Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate was not just a surprise victory for his opponent Doug Jones – who genuinely seemed overwhelmed and speechless – the vote was a resounding win for Barack Obama and his return to the political process, bringing out his old trick bag of radical rules from his mentor Saul Alinsky.
Barack had first tested the post-presidential waters in October after his brief retirement from the Oval Office when he stumped for Democratic candidates in New Jersey and Virginia, telling a Newark audience, “We are rejecting a politics of division. We are rejecting a politics of fear. We are embracing a politics that says everybody deserves a chance, a politics that says everybody has dignity and worth – a politics of hope.”
Next the ex-Commander-in-Chief popped up on internet news sites from a talk he gave at the Economic Club of Chicago – a funny name for a club given the city’s spiral toward bankruptcy – and said the group that the greatest danger we face is to “grow complacent.”
“We have to tend to this garden of democracy,” he said, “or else things could fall apart quickly. That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolf Hitler rose to dominate. “Sixty million people died,” Obama noted, “so, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”
Of course the media got it all wrong, screaming in headlines that an ex-President was comparing Hitler to Trump. Barack said no such thing. But no matter. He went back to his office in his home in Washington, D.C. to tend to the “garden of democracy,” recording a robo-call for Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, telling black voters in phone calls:
“This one’s serious. You can’t sit it out. Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress. Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama.”
At this point we must inject Saul Alinsky. Saul was the original “community organizer” in Chicago in the days of Boss Richard J. Daley. Alinsky was Barack’s spiritual mentor in his younger days as a community organizer, then through his friendship with radical bomb-maker Bill Ayers, and then an inspiration during his anxiety-filled presidency.
Alinsky wrote the book “Rules for Radicals,” which laid out techniques for stirring up discontent among the poor to mobilize them into action for change, in Alinsky’s case Daley’s feudal, racist Chicago.
Here are some of Alinsky’s “rules.”
“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.” Alinsky also said: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.” Also “Keep the pressure on. Never let up. Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.” And one other: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
Which brings us to the attacks against both Trump and Moore. CNN, the network Obama helped mold into its current ridiculing, shaming Alinsky form during his White House days, has been non-stop demonizing and ridiculing Trump since he took office, with the Alinsky strategy of stirring up the masses to hopefully bring Trump down.
The Alinskyites went down to Alabama to go after conservative Senate candidate Roy Moore, demonizing him by finding women to testify in the press that Moore performed some kind of vague “sexual misconduct” 40 years ago when they were teenagers.
The stories hit the national press and CNN like a hysterical Alinsky tsunami calling for Moore to withdraw, even though he denied the media charges.
Then the Alinskyites went down to Alabama, with former staff members of Barack’s from Washington running a radio campaign ads enlisting women who were allegedly targets of Moore’s “sexual misconduct,” spots which were later removed because they were found to be fake testimonials.
A flyer campaign emerged with the phrase “Courage defeats Hate,” spread all over the state, especially in black areas. Then the ex-Leader of the Free World’s voice appeared on phone calls, again mostly to black folks, a week after his Hitler news warning, stirring up voters to get to the polls. This “this one’s important,” Barack said with his melodious preacher voice. Doug Jones ”will be a for equality, for progress. Doug will be our champion for justice.” Remember, Saul said, offer them a constructive alternative to the fear.
Roy Moore claimed that $50 million was spent by outside groups trying to defeat him. Whatever the cost, the fear mongering and demonizing of Moore – Alinsky style – worked. The turnout among black voters, thanks to Barack, was the highest since Obama came through the state with his “Hope and Change” campaign nine years before.
The northern media was ecstatic at the outcome. “Roy Moore loses, Sanity Reigns.” “Republicans point fingers after Jones stuns in Alabama Senate race,” “Repubicans embraced Trump, Moore and post-ethics politics,” “In defeat, they are officially post-shame.” All good Alinsky shaming, chaotic stuff.
As for the issues of the candidates, we found out later that Jones stood for abortion rights, keeping Obamacare, expanded gun controls, and LGBT rights like transgender bathrooms and transgender people serving in the military. What a surprise!
Moore, by contrast, issued a statement after his loss saying: “We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity. Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author or our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Alyinsky said that “in war, the ends justify almost any means,” and “in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind.” In other words, in politics, winning is all that matters, especially wining whatever way you can.
So much for the “Garden of Democracy.”