Glenn Beck Disses Teabagger Mentor Saul Alinsky
Reported by Priscilla - January 8, 2010 -
Glenn Beck wants his fans to fear and loathe American leftist community organizer and author Saul Alinsky. Alinsky’s teachings empowered the poor and minorities – both groups which the “tea party” movement fears and loathes. Thus, Beck frequently invokes Alinsky as the incarnation of evil whose book, "Rules for Radicals," is an example of the path to perdition that Obama and liberals represent. Trouble is – Teabaggers are taking a page from Alinsky for their strategy. Does Beck know that?!?
Wednesday night, historian Beck went on a bizarre and convoluted rant about how the modern progressive movement was promoted by evil doers Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. He then read a quote from a New Republic writer who appeared to connect 20th Century progressivism to early Italian fascism. I don’t think Beck did a lot of research to find this quote as it appears in a book written by right winger Jonah Goldberg, “Liberal Fascism,” which is described by one reviewer as “391 pages of tendentious scholarship.” Beck’s “scholarship, about the link between progressivism and fascism, seems to be gleaned from Goldberg and another author whom Beck is fond of – Robert A. George. George is a Catholic scholar, Princeton professor, drafter of the theocratic “Manhattan Declaration,” and head of the National Organization for Marriage. He believes that the churches should talk less about “nuisance issues” like social justice and health care and more on “moral issues” like abortion, stem cell research, and same sex marriage. But at one point, during his strange and disjointed rant, Beck held up Alinksy’s book, “Rules For Radicals” while blithering about how the progressive movement, which, like Alinsky, believes that "the end justifies the means," was the “antithesis” (ewww big “elitist” word there, Glenn) of what the Founders believed in. (Alinksy was also on Beck’s educational black board “visual aid.”) But wait, the tea party movement is using Alinksy as a model for its strategy. OH, nooooooooo.
Michael Hastings is one of the Tea Party movement’s founding fathers. He states that while conservatives have problems with Alinksy’s “end justifies the means” philosophy, “I’m suggesting that we take the successful Alinsky rules, we update them and apply them to new social networking technology, and we execute them in the Judeo-Christian tradition.” Leahy and other tea party activists “have latched onto “Rules for Radicals” as a blueprint for a counter-revolution…” They “have taken the union organizer’s “13 rules for power tactics” and “11 rules to test whether power tactics are ethical” and found a strategy.” According to one tea party organizer, John O’Hara of the “Heartland Institute,” "Alinksy’s book is important because “There really is no equivalent book for conservatives. There’s no ‘Rules for Counter-Radicals.” Dick Armey’s “Freedom Works” group uses Alinsky’s book as a primer for their training of teabaggers. Adam Brandon, press secretary at “Freedom Works,” says “he was given a copy of “Rules for Radicals” when he took his current job.” Teabaggers were instructed to use Alinksy’s “rules” at town hall meetings. A memo, written by Bob MacGuffie of conservative group “Right Principals," told those attending town hall meetings to “Use the Alinsky playbook of which the left is so fond.” He quoted one of Alinksy’s rules: “Freeze it, attack it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
It’s all so confusing. Glenn Beck is demonizing “Rules for Radicals” while his congregation seems to be embracing it. Perhaps he doesn’t know this. But if he does, the terms double standard and hypocrisy come to mind. So here’s a question for Beck – are the tea party “patriots” just radical devotees of the radical Saul Alinksy? Are they evil socialists bent on destroying this country? Who knew that teabaggers were an incarnation of SDS! Wonder if they’ve downloaded Jefferson Airplane’s “Volunteers of America” on their IPods. Teabaggers meet Alinksy! Up the revolution?