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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 5:00 am

Our President, Barack Hussein Obama, and his Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, use Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals as their political inspiration.

Therefore, you should be familiar with those rules in order to understand their methodology in attacking Americans who still believe in freedom and liberty even after 55 years of socialist indoctrination by our public school system.

Alinsky frequently uses the word “enemy” in his work. One can only deduce he means Americans who don’t believe in socialism and communism as an economic and social way of life.

Alinsky’s power tactics had 13 items that are highly effective. Alinsky’s rules are in quotation marks while my comments are not.

1. “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”

2. “Never go outside the experience of your people.” This will avoid bemusement and fear of the unknown.

3. “Wherever possible go outside the experience of your enemy.” Be creative in your attack. Don’t use standard methods.

4. “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.” Here, he explains this concept by using the analogy that Christians cannot live up to the doctrines of Christianity.

5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” He points out it’s almost impossible to counter-attack ridicule as it usually causes an angry reaction that can be used to the advantage of the instigator.

6. “A good tactic is one that your people enjoy.” Have fun killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure on the opposition.” Continual pressure causes the enemy to react in ways that can be useful to the instigator.

11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside.” In other words, a negative creates a positive when properly pursued.

12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Agree with the enemy’s hypothesis and then ask what he would do about it.

13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Because of the intricacy of today’s society, it’s necessary to follow this rule.

Alinsky’s rules are those used by advertising and marketing professionals on a daily basis. He merely put them into easily readable form to achieve his objectives. A very intelligent man.

As Paul Harvey said: “And now you know the rest of the story.”

Don Kennedy

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